The upcoming clash between the Gunners and Palace this Saturday is very crucial for the former as the stakes are very high. Arsenal has to win the match if they want to run with Manchester City and Liverpool. Out of all their 20 matches so far, they finished with 40 points which landed them in the fourth place of the standing table.
To provide you with much better context, here is our prediction and preview of the upcoming match between Arsenal and Crystal Palace for your sports bet.
Arsenal vs Crystal Palace
Arsenal is set to welcome Crystal Palace to their home ground in Emirates Stadium on Saturday. The game was deemed a do-or-die match for the Gunners as their potential to land in the top four to qualify for the Champions League hangs in balance.
Currently, they vie for the top slot along with Manchester City and Liverpool and needed the necessary points to remain in their spot. Having won only once out of their last five Premier League matches, they currently sit in fourth place which is enough to alter your sports bet.
The Gunners entered the tournament with a losing streak, having lost their matches to Fulham and West Ham in the season. A victory against Palace will provide them with enough fuel to land above Aston Villa.
Meanwhile, the Eagles, who landed on the 11th spot last edition are currently sitting in the 14th place and have accumulated 21 points from their 20 matches so far. Coach Ray Hodgson will do anything with his power to keep away Palace from the relegation abyss. You cna this as a consideration for your sports bet.
It is no surprise that the European football fixtures were disrupted by the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations. As a result, some of the players both at Arsenal and Palace will have to represent their national sides at the AFCON.
Thomas Partey will have to skip the upcoming Arsenal match as he is nursing a thigh injury, which also halted him from playing for Ghana at the Africa Cup of Nations, while his teammate, Mohamed Elneny has to play for Egypt.
Meanwhile, star player, Bukayo Saka is currently suffering an injury on his Achilles heel and is possible to skip the upcoming match. Returnees such as Oleksandr Zinchenko and Gabriel Jesus are expected to be part of the First XI.
As for Crystal Palace, Jordan Ayew will miss the match to play for Ghana at AFCON. Meanwhile, Sam Johnstone and Cheick Doucoure are possible to not be part of the First XI, having been gone for a while.
During the last five matches against Crystal Palace, Arsenal has a much better head-to-head score and sports bet odds, having won three out of five games against the Eagles. This is reminiscent of their victory at the Emirates Stadium in 2019.
Roy Hodgson’s squad is set to have an FA Cup rematch against Everton, two days prior to their impending match against the Gunners in the English topflight. This will provide enough time for Arsenal to prepare against the minuscule Palace team.
During the last five clashes between the two squads, one has won on their home ground, one away win, and three draws. Both squads have scored in each of their five matches. Recent forecasts and trends saw the Gunners dominating the match and will most likely win the game.
Players to Watch
It is expected that Kai Havertz will lead the Arsenal team in the victory against Crystal Palace in the Premier League and the sports bet odds. The Palace squad is known for their extremely physical and aggressive play and the German player is the perfect player to counter that. Additionally, Havertz is known for his dynamic movements both on ground and on air which is essential in their match against the Eagles.
Meanwhile, due to the possible absence of Jordan Ayew and Michael Olise, this match could be the perfect opportunity for Eberechi Eze to lead the team. Having a record of six goal assists in all of his 17 appearances this edition, it is high time for Eze to set up his mark on Hodgson’s Palace squad.
This season of the Premier League has plenty of potential breakthroughs despite being greatly disrupted by the Africa Cup of Nations. According to what we know so far, Arsenal will definitely ace this match this time, having all the cards they need to win the match. Make sure that you have set your affairs before you place your sports bet on the match.