Arsenal have the chance to regain a place in the top 10 of the Premier League this evening, but they will have to put Crystal Palace to the sword.
The Gunners will leapfrog West Ham in tenth place with a three-goal victory over Crystal Palace (or with an unlikely high-scoring game of six-plus goals that they win by two clear goals), as we look to build on our recent return to form. I do think it will be a high scoring game, so it might be worth researching the best football betting sites for this one! Personally, I’ve found bettingsites.info really handy in these situations..
Our side went seven PL matches without a victory recently, but have turned that around since Boxing Day with three consecutive league wins and victory in the FA cup.
Crystal Palace do not have such bright form to look back on however. They have just four wins since September, and they have come against bottom of the table Sheffield United and the three sides who were promoted from the Championship in the summer, but they may view this game a little differently.
Palace did have a great 5-1 win at West Brom back in early December, but since then they have had the embarrassment of a 7-0 defeat to Liverpool and a 3-0 defeat to Aston Villa. But they have made a few good draws, and the ones that should worry Arsenal are the two London derbies, which saw the Eagles draw 1-1 against West Ham and Tottenham, so obviously they take their local rivals a bit more seriously.
The Eagles have a fine record against our side, and are actually unbeaten in our last four head-to-heads, including three draws and a win. Wilfried Zaha will likely have a point to prove when coming up against our side also, having been unhappy with a failed move to the Emirates in recent seasons, a move he admitted to wanting when speaking to Jamie Carragher’s podcast previously.
Regardless of our recent record against our London rivals, Arsenal should be able to build on their recent form. We had an amazing 3-1 win over Chelsea, but as they have only won one of their last 7 games that is not such a great achievement, and beating Newcastle, Brighton and West Brom is not really that impressive given their League positions. This game against Palace though should be considered to be on a par with these and it should be another winnable game.
So, I’m going for a 3-1 home win, with Lacazette to add another goal to his tally.
What are your early predictions for the clash?