Arsenal were run ragged by a visiting Leeds United side on Monday night and although they came through to win 1-0, they were largely on the back foot for most of the game.
Mikel Arteta reportedly gave them a rollicking at half time and will be hoping he doesn’t have to do the same as his side make the short journey to Selhurst Park this weekend.
His charges are looking to win back-to-back matches for the first time since Gameweek Two after downing Man United at the Emirates last time out, though it’s the Gunners’ away form that leaves cause for concern.
They’re just W2-D5-L3 this year on the road, but up against Palace they’ll fancy they’re chances of improving that.
Indeed, up against the ‘Big Six’ and this season’s Leicester, the hosts are just W4-D4-L23 since the beginning of 2017/18 as they’ve tended to fall agonisingly short of an upset on numerous occasions.
However, at the beginning of the season not many would have predicted Roy Hodgson’s men to be the team higher up the table, as this Arsenal side are closer to the relegation zone than they are to a Champions League spot and aren’t nearly playing to a level to warrant ‘Big Six’ status.
Palace And Arsenal To Draw
The 2-2 draw in the reverse fixture earlier this season means the Gunners haven’t won any of the last three head-to-heads, with two finishing as stalemates.
In fact, the Eagles have drawn four of their last six matches, with the two times they didn’t seeing only one goal separated the teams, while the points have also been split in three of Arsenal’s last four trips.
In fact, the two sides have accumulated a total of 16 draws between them already this season and that looks the value option in what looks set to be a tight encounter.
Hodgson has managed to cope with one of the biggest injury crises of his tenure through resolute defending to compensate for minimal output.
Under 2.5 Goals
This has meant that 15 of the host’s 21 matches this season have seen a maximum of two goals, including nine of the last 11.
Arteta has improved the intensity of this Arsenal side, though four goals in three games in not the return on goals expected from a club of their stature, while their three goals conceded in as many games highlights where the focus has been, so the ‘Unders’ market looks an extremely good bet at odds-against.
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