Betting. Arsenal vs Crystal Palace [01.01.17] : The Gunners shoot the Eagles

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Betting. Arsenal vs Crystal Palace [01.01.17] : The Gunners shoot the Eagles

Premier League

Matchweek 19


Bet: Asian Handicap Arsenal -1,25

A lot of sports betting experts predicted Arsenal’s easy home victory over West Bromwich on the Boxing Day. However, the Gunners got a 1-0 win only due to a late goal of Olivier Giroud. This victory was extremely important for Wenger’s side as it helped them to keep pace with Chelsea. However, Arsenal are not considered to be the main contender for the title on the betting markets since they are still 9 points behind the leaders and sit on the 4th place.

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As betting experts expected, Crystal Palace said goodbye to their manager because of poor results after the first 17 matches. Under the direction of their new coach Sam Allardyce the Eagles drew (1-1) with Watford on the Boxing day, though they could have won the game (Benteke missed a penalty shot). At this moment Crystal Palace are only 2 points away from the relegation zone, so they desperately need a victory to improve the situation. However, the betting companies are sure the Eagles will get back empty-handed from the Emirates.

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Before choosing a bet it’s worth keeping in mind the fact that Crystal Palace are winless in the last 6 away matches. In addition, Allardyce has a lot of selection concerns as Souare, Benteke, Wickham, Mandanda, Tomkins, Sako and Delaney are all ruled out. At the same time Arsenal traditionally suffer from injuries. So Wenger will miss Cazorla, Debuchy, Sanogo and Gibbs. Besides, Alex Oxlade and Theo Walcott remain doubts while Mertesacker and Welbeck are not 100% fit.

The bookmakers fairly give preference to the host: Arsenal – 1,34, Draw – 5,60, Crystal Palace –10,00. This game is a must-win for the Gunners, so they will do their best to secure a good result. By the way, Arsenal have won 5 of their last head-to-head meetings. What’s more they’ve scored 2 goals in each of these 5 fixtures. So it’s recommended to bet n “Total Goals by Home Team over 2” (1,65). You may also risk to bet on “Both teams to Score” (1,87) as Palace scored in each of their road games except for the first one. Besides, there is a good option “Asian Handicap Arsenal -1,25” (1,71).