Arsenal at Crystal Palace
August 5, 2022 3:00 pm EDT
The Line: Arsenal -120 / Crystal Palace +350 // Total: 2.5 Goals
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Crystal Palace and Arsenal face off on Friday to kick off the English Premier League season at Selhurst Park Stadium. When these two teams faced off on April 4th it was Crystal Palace that secured the 3-0 victory.
Arsenal finished last season in 5th place in the Premier League, having picked up 69 points. Arsenal wasn’t exactly happy with the fifth-place finish last season, and there is a ton of pressure on this team to compete for the title. One of the big additions for this team this season is Gabriel Jesus, who comes over from Manchester City. Arsenal has looked quite impressive in the games leading up to the season. Arsenal beat Everton 2-0 and Chelsea 4-0 in the Florida Cup Final. Arsenal also beat Sevilla 6-0 in the Emirates Cup. Jesus was the star in that last game, putting three goals in the back of the net. Even on the road, this is a Game Arsenal believes they should win, and a loss here would not sit well with the fans.
On the other side of this matchup is Crystal Palace, and they finished last season in 12th place having picked up 48 points. Connor Gallagher was the star of the team last year, but he went to Chelsea during the off season, and not having him on this team is a big loss. The team has brought in Malcolm Ebiowei who is just 18 years old, and he looks like he could be a budding star. They also brought in Cheick Doucouré, who played last season for Lens. Against English Premier League teams heading into the season, Crystal Palace didn’t fare all that well. They lost to Liverpool 2-0 and Manchester United 3-1. They did also play to a 1-1 draw against Leeds United.
Crystal Palace beat Arsenal in the last game against them, but I don’t put a lot of stock in that, because both of these teams look a lot different. The offense for Arsenal was strong in the games leading up to the season, and I am not so sold on this Crystal Palace defense. Crystal Palace gave up three goals to Manchester United, and they are going to really struggle to defend in this game. Back Arsenal on the money line.