Alan Pardew is ticking along nicely in his new role as Crystal Palace manager. Having played in more than 100 league games for the Eagles, the fans are delighted to have him at the club. Honestly, this is a great role for Pardew.
After leaving the waters of the Tyne behind, Pardew has managed a Palace side that has taken a highly respectable ten points from a possible 15 in five Premier League games. As a result, Palace have soared to 13th place in the table, putting some distance between them and the relegation zone.
Arsenal will have the benefit of a week resting and preparing for this London derby. While Chelsea and Man City both had to play in midweek Champions League games, Arsenal will not be in action until next week. As a result, Arsène Wenger will have had more than enough time to get ready.
A victory is the only acceptable outcome for Arsenal, as they are chasing a Champions League spot for next season. After losing 2-1 away at Tottenham two games ago, the Gunners came back with an unconvincing 2-1 home win over bottom side Leicester.
Alan Pardew has claimed a number of high profile scalps in games his teams were supposed to lose. To frustrate Arsenal fans, they will need to play deep and narrow to limit space for Arsenal’s wide players who like to cut inside. Their best hope of winning is to keep a clean sheet and nick a goal.
Arsenal had to cope with absence of the highly influential Alexis Sánchez for a few games lately, and now Aaron Ramsey is missing from the midfield with hamstring issues. Thankfully for Wenger, Sánchez have had a couple of extra days to physically prepare for this game. He will be vital in helping Arsenal to be creative.
Tip one: Arsenal
Tip two: Over 2.5 goals
Tip three: ArsenalOver 2.5 goals
Arsenal’s midweek break gives them a fantastic chance to win this game, having avoided any physical distractions. Combine an Arsenal win with over 2.5 goals for larger odds.
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