Crystal Palace v Arsenal | Match Preview, Odds and Prediction

Arsenal travel to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace on Monday evening and are favourites to pick up all three points to go level with Brighton & Hove Albion and Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table. The Gunners are coming off the back of a 2-1 win over Nottingham Forest but face a Palace side that also won their opening game, so they may not have it all their own way.

Palace had a strong finish last season and picked up where they left off this campaign, so they may feel they have enough to hurt Arsenal at home. The Eagles can go joint-top with a win and have a five-game unbeaten run at Selhurst Park ahead of Monday’s clash, so Roy Hodgson’s men are 26/5 with Matchbook To Win.

Palace finished 11th in the league with the 9th-best defensive record, but they were draw specialists. Only Newcastle United (14) and Brentford (14) played out more stalemates than the Eagles (12) last season, so Palace and Arsenal are 100/30 with BetWay To Draw. Arsenal did the double over Palace in 2022/23, so they’re 8/13 with Bet UK To Win.

Mikel Arteta’s men finished second in the league with the best away record (12 wins from 19 games), so they won’t be fazed coming to Selhurst Park – Arsenal enjoyed a 2-0 win during their last trip to South London. They also thrashed Palace 4-1 at the Emirates, so Total Away Goals Over 2.5 is 12/5 with Paddy Power. Arsenal had the second-best defensive record away while Palace were 15th for goals scored at home, so Total Home Goals Under 1.5 is 11/10 with Betfred.

Odsonne Édouard, who scored in Palace’s 1-0 win over Sheffield United last week, is 11/1 with Boyle Sports as First Goalscorer and 4/1 with Bet 365 to Score Anytime. Eberechi Eze, who scored 10 goals with four assists last season, is 12/1 with Bet 365 to be First Goalscorer and 5/1 with Bet 365 to Score Anytime. 

Martin Ødegaard, who is coming off the back of 15 league goals and eight assists, is 8/1 with Bet 365 to be First Goalscorer and 3/1 with Bet 365 to Score Anytime. Gabriel Martinelli, who netted 15 league goals with five assists, is 7/1 with Boyle Sports as First Goalscorer and 13/5 with William Hill to Score Anytime. No player contributed more goals than Buyako Saka, however, with the 21-year-old boasting 14 goals and 11 assists. Saka scored in Arsenal’s opening game victory too, so he’s 7/1 with Boyle Sports to be First Goalscorer and 13/5 with William Hill to Score Anytime.

Arsenal have a great record against Palace, losing only three times in the last 29 years, so it’s no surprise that bookmakers fancy them. The Gunners were nine places and 39 points better off than the Eagles in the table last season, so Monday’s clash is likely to go the way of the formbook. Arteta’s men won the Community Shield and their first league game, so they’re enjoying a bright start.

Prediction: Crystal Palace 1-2 Arsenal

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