Crystal Palace hosts in-form Arsenal on Monday night in the final game of the Premier League weekend. This game is not only an interesting fixture in the fight for the final Champions League place but also sees Two former Arsenal midfielders in Patrick Vieira and Mikel Arteta face off in a London derby. I have put together my top 3 Bet Builder tips along with a pre-match Cheat Sheet and predicted lineups for anyone looking to place a bet on this fixture.
With Tottenham winning comfortably against Newcastle earlier today, the North London sides now sit level on points making this game a huge fixture in the fight for the top 4. Arsenal found themselves in the driving seat for fourth after a run of six wins from their last seven gave them a three-point buffer over fifth-placed Tottenham with a game-in-hand. However, after Spurs’ recent performance the pressure now falls on Arsenal to claim points at Selhurst Park a stadium where winning has been notoriously difficult this season, with teams like Man City failing to secure 3 points in their most recent fixture.
A win on Monday night would strengthen their grip on fourth even bringing them within 2 points of Chelsea, after their 4-1 defeat at home to Brentford on Saturday left the door to third ajar. But a loss forges a pathway for Antonio Conte’s men to capitalise.
As Crystal Palace demonstrated in their 4-0 demolition of Everton in an FA Cup quarterfinal before the international break, they are a force to be reckoned with, especially at home. Palace held champions Manchester City to a 0-0 draw in their last league game before the break and have lost just two of their last 13 games in all competitions, pushing Liverpool and Chelsea all the way in narrow defeats during that spell.
In a match that sees Patrick Vieira face Arsenal for the first time since being inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame for his contributions to the side. Will his young Palace team weaken the Gunner’s chances of Champions League football next season?
Alexandre Lacazette to Assist Anytime
Since the departure of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Barcelona in January Alexandre Lacazette has stepped up to fill the role of centre forward for Arsenal. Since the start of February Lacazette has started all 8 of Arsenal’s Premier League fixtures as the lone striker while also wearing the captain’s armband for every game. During that period, he has recorded 4 assists and a goal whilst also producing 14 key passes at an average of 1.75 per game. This season Lacazette has recorded 7 assists, more than any other player in the Arsenal squad and I expect him to continue his impressive production in this game by recording another assist.
Recently Lacazette has played an important role in Arteta’s side holding up play whilst allowing their young talents in Saka, Smith Rowe and Martinelli to overlap. It is through this he has picked up several of his assists in recent fixtures, finding both Martinelli and Saka for their goals against Watford. With both Martinelli and Saka expected to start, and Smith Rowe expected to play a role as well hopefully Lacazette will find one of Arsenal’s young talents and record an assist priced at a very healthy 5.5 on Paddy Power.
Arsenal 4+ Shots on Target
Arsenal have recorded the fifth-highest number of shots on target in the league this season in terms of shots per game, averaging 5.07 per 90. If this trend continues into Monday night’s fixture, then this selection should land without much difficulty. In recent games, the number of shots on target they have had per game has varied massively from as low as 2 against Liverpool to as high as 8 on two separate occasions against Leicester and Brentford. As a result, I feel more comfortable selecting 4 or more shots on target rather than equalling their season average and selecting 5 or more.
4+ also seems to be the more logical selection when you take into account Crystal Palace’s season averages. They have conceded an average of 4.07 shots on target per game in the Premier League this season. In recent fixtures limiting quality teams like Chelsea and City to 3 and 4 shots on target respectively.
Arsenal to have 4 or more shots on target in this game is priced at 1.36 on Paddy Power and the statistics would seem to suggest that they should be expected to reach at least four shots on goal on Monday night, especially if they are chasing a win.
Both Teams to Score
Despite experiencing a very strong run of form Arsenal have often been unconvincing in their victories winning just 1 of their last 6 victories by more than 1 goal. Arsenal have also failed to keep a clean sheet in 4 of their last 6 games. Conceding to Brentford and Wolves in 2-1 victories and allowing relegation-threatened Watford to score twice in their 3-2 win. This coupled with the likely absence of first-choice keeper Aaron Ramsdale, who is a doubt for this fixture, suggests to me that Palace will likely score in this fixture.
Palace have failed to score in just 1 of their last 5 fixtures when they drew 0-0 against the side with the best defensive record in the league. In those games, they have scored 13 times at an average of 2.6 goals scored per game an average that I do not expect them to reach against an Arsenal side that has been strong defensively but this does seem to suggest that Palace are more than likely to find the target at least once in this game.
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Crystal Palace v Arsenal Predicted Line-ups
Crystal Palace predicted XI (4-3-3) : Guaita, Clyne, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell; Gallagher, Kouyate, Hughes; Eze, Mateta, Edouard
Arsenal predicted XI (4-2-3-1) : Leno, Cedric, White, Gabriel, Tierney; Xhaka, Partey; Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli; Lacazette
Crystal Palace v Arsenal Cheat Sheet
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How to watch Crystal Palace v Arsenal in the Premier League
📅 When is Crystal Palace v Arsenal? / Sunday, 3rd April 2022, 14:00
🏟 Where is Crystal Palace v Arsenal? / Selhurst Park (London)
📺 What TV channel is Crystal Palace v Arsenal on? / Sky Sports Main Event
🟨 …And who is the referee for Crystal Palace v Arsenal? / Paul Tierney 🏴