Kick-off: 2000, 14/01/2021
Stadium: Emirates Stadium
TV: Sky Sports
Arsenal are on a bit of a roll heading into Thursday’s clash with Crystal Palace, but this is a fixture which usually brings out the best in the Eagles.
Roy Hodgson’s side are unbeaten in the last four Premier League encounters between these teams, picking up four points from their past two trips to Emirates Stadium.
We’re taking 29/20 for the visitors to avoid defeat again for our first Arsenal vs Crystal Palace prediction.
A Look At Arsenal’s Betting Odds
Arsenal are chasing a fourth consecutive league victory following wins over Chelsea, Brighton and West Brom since Christmas.
The Gunners maintained the feelgood factor when knocking Newcastle out of the FA Cup, even if they did have to go to extra-time.
A fairly drab tie finally sparked into life with goals from Emile Smith Rowe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to help the holders progress.
Smith Rose enhanced his growing reputation with a positive display after being introduced as a second-half substitute.
“We believe in Emile, he is doing really well,” beamed Mikel Arteta. “He is growing and becoming more and more important in the team.
“He showed that again, the personality that he played with. We asked him to be more of a threat in front of goal and he scored a really important goal for us.”
Arsenal have tightened up at the back during their current good run, but do tend to find keeping Palace’s pacy attack at bay a tricky proposition.
There have been 25 goals netted in the last six encounters between these sides, with both teams scoring in all of those matches.
That makes 10/11 for each side to hit the target here stand out from the Arsenal vs Crystal Palace odds.
Last Arsenal line-up: Leno, Tierney, Soares, Mari, Luiz, Elneny, Willock, Willian, Aubameyang, Pepe, Nelson.
A Look At Crystal Palace’s Betting Odds
Roy Hodgson made nine changes for Crystal Palace’s cup trip to Wolves and paid the price with a disjointed display in a 1-0 defeat.
“We lost to a wonder goal and there seems to be a few of those going in against us,” said Hodgson. “But we didn’t create enough chances to get back into the game.”
However, the Eagles boss will be much happier with his side’s last couple of Premier League efforts.
Palace followed up a 1-1 draw with high-flying Leicester by beating basement dwellers Sheffield United 2-0.
Talismanic front man Wilfried Zaha continues to lead the way, while Christian Benteke, Jordan Ayew and the exciting Eberechi Eze provide decent support.
We feel the visitors have a style of play which makes them well suited to giving Arsenal problems on the break.
Let’s finish off our Arsenal vs Crystal Palace betting tips by taking 17/4 for a score draw.
That bet would have paid out in three of the last four renewals of this fixture, with the Eagles winning 3-2 at Emirates Stadium in the other.
Last Palace line-up: Butland, Van Aanholt, Tomkins, Sakho, Clyne, McCarthy, Eze, Riedewald, Ayew, Benteke, Batshuayi.
ARSENAL 2-0 Newcastle (AET) – Emile Smith Rowe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Wolves 1-0 CRYSTAL PALACE
Head-to-head: Palace 1-1 Arsenal, Arsenal 2-2 Palace, Arsenal 2-3 Palace, Palace 2-2 Arsenal, Arsenal 4-1 Palace, Palace 2-3 Arsenal
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