Two capital clubs that narrowly avoided defeat battle it out at Selhurst Park on Monday night as Crystal Palace hosts London rivals Arsenal.
Last weekend saw the 2023–24 season get off to a winning start for both Crystal Palace and Arsenal. Last Saturday, the Eagles defeated Sheffield United 1-0 at Bramall Lane, while Mikel Arteta’s team defeated Nottingham Forest 2-1.
Crystal Palace vs Arsenal
In the Premier League rankings, Arsenal is currently in fourth place and has had a strong season. In their most recent match, the Gunners defeated Nottingham Forest 2-1 but will try to improve this weekend.
After a nearly faultless previous season, Arsenal is now regarded as the most serious rival to Manchester City. Arsenal had so many issues in the previous decade when they frequently finished outside the top-four Premier League places. Last Saturday, Arsenal won 2-1 at home against Nottingham Forest to kick off the new campaign. Despite the lackluster nature of the victory, Mikel Arteta’s team managed to earn all three points.
On the other hand, despite currently holding the fifth spot in the league table, Crystal Palace has had an erratic year. Last week, the home team overcame Sheffield United 1-0, and they’ll try for a repeat performance this time around.
They frequently sit between positions 10 and 15 on the table but rarely approach the relegation zone. Crystal Palace experienced some issues during the previous campaign, but after Patrick Vieira was fired, things became better, and the team finished 11th in the standings. The new season began for Crystal Palace with a 1:0 victory away to Sheffield United.
The visitors performed significantly better because they had 24 shots on goal and 67% of the ball possession, which allowed them to win by a wider margin. A victory like that would boost Roy Hodgson’s team’s confidence ahead of a crucial London derby matchup against Arsenal.
Arsenal will be determined to give Manchester City a fight for their money this season with the strong roster they have at their disposal. This week, Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli will try to build on their good performance against Nottingham Forest.
On their best day, Crystal Palace can pull off an upset, but they’ll be facing one of the best teams in England. Arsenal should be able to win this game because they are the superior team on paper.
Arsenal is the clear favorite to win this match, although they struggled against Nottingham Forest, especially late in the game. They conceded against Nottingham Forest because they appeared weak along the flanks, which Crystal Palace will attempt to take advantage of.
The safer wager appears to be “yes” for both teams to score. Including the preseason, Crystal Palace have at least one goal in each of the previous seven games. Arsenal, on the other hand, has scored in all four of their most recent games.
Tip: Arsenal to Win / BTTS (YES)
Arsenal to win – ✅
BTTS (Yes) – ❌
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