Arsenal vs Crystal Palace: prediction for the English Premier League match
Arsenal welcome Crystal Palace to the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon. What to expect from this London derby? Look out for our prediction below.
Arsenal hope to bounce back from their loss to Sporting CP in the Europa League on Thursday. After a 2-2 draw in Portugal, the Gunners went on to score the first goal in the second leg at the Emirates Stadium, but conceded a fantastic goal from midfield in the second half and then lost on penalties. Moreover, Tomiyasu and Saliba picked up injuries in that game.
Despite the exhausting midweek game, Mikel Arteta's men will have to put their best foot forward as the title race is tightening up. Last weekend, they secured a 3-0 victory over Fulham, which was their 21st success in the current Premier League season. Arsenal remain on top of the table, five points clear of Manchester City, but they have a tough month ahead and need to collect maximum points to keep a safe distance from the Sky-Blues.
Elneny, Nketiah, Tomiyasu, and Saliba will miss this game.
Crystal Palace arrive at the Emirates without their head coach - on Friday, the club fired Patrick Vieira after 11 winless matches, which became the longest winless streak among all top-flight clubs this season. The last game was a 0-1 loss to bitter rival Brighton on Wednesday when the Eagles failed to score in the fourth game in a row.
This defeat left the team just three points above the relegation zone, and chairman Steve Parish felt he had to take the decisive action. Parish thinks that the change of manager would give Palace the best chance to maintain their Premier League status, which they have held since 2013.
McArthur, Hughes, Ferguson, Lokonga, Johnson, and Guaita have been ruled out of this match.
Ставка Goals in both halves - yes
In 3 of the last 5 head-to-head games, goals were scored in both halves.
Ставка Corners: total under 9.5
This bet won in 3 of the last 4 games of Arsenal.
Ставка Correct score 3:1
The hosts have won their last 2 Premier League games.
The visitors are in terrible form, and the sacking of Vieira is unlikely to help them get an immediate result against the Premier League leaders. Arsenal aren't in great mood, either, but a home victory could help them find redemption and focus on the title race.
Our prediction - Asian handicap (-1.5) to Arsenal
We expect an exciting game with multiple scoring chances and at least three goals. Most London derbies are entertaining, and we think this one won't be an exception.
Second bet — total over 2.5 goals