Crystal Palace vs Arsenal prediction 28/12/2017

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Arsenal travel to Crystal Palace for their penultimate game of 2017 off the back of a thrilling 3-3 draw with Liverpool on Friday.

Meanwhile Roy Hodgson’s side are on a club record unbeaten run of eight games in the Premier League though were held 1-1 at bottom of the league Swansea City on Saturday.

The extra day’s rest for Arsene Wenger’s side could prove a key factor in this match particularly as the Gunners also have greater strength in depth.

I’m not a huge fan of the Palace defence that can include the likes of Jeffrey Schlupp and James Tomkins.  Should Arsenal stick with their front three of Alexandre Lacazette, Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil then I certainly expect the visitors to score a couple.

Hector Bellerin or whoever plays right-back or right wingback for Arsenal should find space to provide crosses into the box, though the Spaniard is one of the poorer players at doing that in my opinion.

Christian Benteke only has one Premier League goal this season but shouldn’t be taken lightly.  The Belgian certainly has the ability as proven once upon a time at Aston Villa.  He’s also got the second half of the season to make sure he makes Roberto Martinez’s World Cup squad.  How much supply he’ll have remains to be seen but in Wilfried Zaha and Yohan Cabaye Crystal Palace do have two good playmakers.

Arsenal don’t have too much in way of goalscorers from midfield should Jack Wilshere start his fourth consecutive Premier League game, and Granit Xhaka keep his usual role.  However, Wenger may rotate with a trip to West Brom three days after.

I am confident Arsenal will end Crystal Palace’s run by taking three points at Selhurst Park against a side I still feel are overrated and relegation candidates under Roy Hodgson.

Best bet: Arsenal to win is 1.74 with Crystal Palace

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