Crystal Palace vs Arsenal – BetKing Blog

Crystal Palace vs Arsenal | Season opener match preview and betting prediction 

Football is finally back! On Friday night, Crystal Palace will host Arsenal at Selhurst Park to launch the new Premier League season. 

The Gunners have been in impeccable form during their preseason games and will be confident of starting the 2022/23 season better than they did last year. Can their pristine preseason form continue, or will they drop points to Crystal Palace just like they did last season? 

Read on for our match preview below. 

H2H record 

Despite their recent struggles, Arsenal is one of the biggest clubs in English Football and that standing is reflected in the H2H record here.  

In 20 games, Arsenal have won 10 games compared to Crystal Palace’s 3 wins. Both sides have also shared the points 7 times. 

Last season, Crystal Palace finished in 12th place with 48 points while Arsenal finished 5th, 21 points ahead of the South London side.  

Form guide 

In 6 preseason games, Crystal Palace won 3 games, lost twice, and settled for a draw once. (W-W-D-L-W-L). 

Arsenal is one of the most in-form sides in Europe at the moment. The Gunners won all five of their preseason games, scoring 20 goals and conceding just 6 goals. (W-W-W-W-W) 

 Team news 

Crystal Palace: For Crystal Palace, Michael Olise (Foot injury), Sam Johnstone (Thigh injury), James McArthur (Groin injury) and Jack Butland (Broken wrist) are all injured and unlikely to play against Arsenal. 

Expected Crystal Palace starting XI: Vincente Guaita. Joel Ward, Joachim Andersen, Marc Guehi, Tyrick Mitchell. Cheick Doucoure, Luka Milivojevic. Jordan Ayew, Eberechi Eze, Wilfred Zaha. Odsonne Edouard. (4-2-3-1) 

Arsenal: The Gunners will have to do without the services of Emile Smith Rowe (muscle injury). Takehiro Tomiyasu is already training again after recovering from a muscle injury while Scottish left-back, Kierian Tierney is carrying a slight knock but will be back in training soon. New signing Fabio Vieira is also back in training after making a full recovery from a foot injury. He’s unlikely to be risked for Friday’s match, however.  

Expected Arsenal starting XI: Aaron Ramsdale. Ben White, William Saliba, Gabriel, Oleksandr Zinchenko. Thomas Partey, Granit Xhaka. Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard, Gabriel Martinelli. Gabriel Jesus.  

Tactical battle 

Apart from both being former Arsenal midfielders, Patrick Vieira and Mikel Arteta have both been tipped for successful coaching careers. This game’s tactical battle will be an intriguing one. 

For Vieira, Eberechi Eze’s emergence as a genuine Number 10 will be a boon. If the young English midfielder continues to play as well as he has done this preseason, Nigeria’s loss will have been England’s gain. 

Expect Crystal Palace to defend deep and try to hit Arsenal on the counterattack with the direct running of Eze and Wilfred Zaha on Friday. 

Mikel Arteta finally has the forward he has wanted since he joined Arsenal and Gabriel Jesus has certainly looked the part too. The Brazilian forward’s pressing ability as well as the mobility to get into the box and finish chances has made him the most selected FPL player this season already. 

Zinchenko is another signing that will allow Arsenal to switch formations seamlessly. Apart from playing his left back role in a 4-2-3-1 or a 4-3-3 perfectly, the Ukranian also regularly pushes forward to play as a wing back, allowing Ben White, William Saliba and Gabriel to form a strong back three. Bukayo Saka has already shown his versatility and will retain his dual threat even at right wing-back. 

Expect Arsenal to press high and look to force Crystal Palace errors closer to their goal often. 

Likely FPL stars tomorrow 

Gabriel Jesus: The Brazilian forward’s haul of seven goals in five preseason games has convinced 72.9% of FPL managers to transfer him into their squads. If he continues in that vein, he will have been an absolute steal at just £8 million. 

Wilfred Zaha: As the undoubted star of this Crystal Palace side, Zaha will be the focus of most of their attacks this season.  

Last season, he scored 14 goals in the English Premier League from an xG OF 10.98. He also took 2.1 shots per game and had 1 shot on target per game. Expect Manager, Vieira to ramp up service to his star forward especially with the talented youngster Eberechi Eze now the main creative outlet. Priced at £7 million, he will be one of the best players outside the top six as usual. 

Bukayo Saka: The young Englishman will be hoping to increase his last season total of 11 goals going into Friday’s game. He has also become the #1 penalty taker and will get several chances to boost his stats this season.  

Another absolute steal at £8 million as well.  

Key stats 

Crystal Palace scored 12 goals and conceded 8 goals in the next five games while Arsenal has scored 20 goals in the same number of games and conceded 6 goals. 

Arsenal have won their last six matches in all competitions while Crystal Palace are unbeaten in their last 13 home games. Something will have to give. 

Palace created more chances (5.1 per game) than Arsenal (4.9 chances created per game) last season. 

The Eagles (5.1 final third recoveries/game) also won the ball in the final third more than Arsenal (4.9 final third recoveries/game) did.  

The Gunners did best Palace in the possession stats. The North London side had an average possession of 53% while Palace averaged 51.2% of the ball.

Predictions for the game 

Over 1.5 goals @ 1.28 

Away win @ 1.87 

Longer-term predictions 

Bet on: 

Gabriel Jesus to score 20+ goals in the EPL this season @ 5.00 

Arsenal to finish in the top four @ 2.80 

Author: Clayton Kuhn