Arsenal v Crystal Palace – Football & Racing News – Star Sports

Arsenal look to get their first 2024 win on the board as the Emirates plays host to a visit from Crystal Palace…

A terribly timid five weeks for Arsenal has seen them slip out to a seasonal high of 15/2 for the Premier League and crash out of the FA Cup after a soulless home defeat to league leaders Liverpool.

Goalscoring has been the patent issue for the Gunners recently with 61 shots in their last three games yielding just one goal against the likes of Fulham and West Ham who conceded a total of 9 and 10 goals respectively in their 5 games before facing Arsenal.

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Arsenal v Crystal Palace
Premier League
12.30 TNT Sports

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD
(Maximum 10 games)
AUG 2023 PREMIER LEAGUE Crystal Palace 0-1 Arsenal
MAR 2023 PREMIER LEAGUE Arsenal 4-1 Crystal Palace
AUG 2022 PREMIER LEAGUE Crystal Palace 0-2 Arsenal
APR 2022 PREMIER LEAGUE Crystal Palace 3-0 Arsenal
OCT 2021 PREMIER LEAGUE Arsenal 2-2 Crystal Palace
MAY 2021 PREMIER LEAGUE Crystal Palace 1-3 Arsenal
JAN 2021 PREMIER LEAGUE Arsenal 0-0 Crystal Palace
JAN 2020 PREMIER LEAGUE Crystal Palace 1-1 Arsenal
OCT 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Arsenal 2-2 Crystal Palace
APR 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Arsenal 2-3 Crystal Palace

Arsenal’s ‘wonderkid’ Bukayo Saka has looked lethargic in front of goal in recent weeks and seldom seemed comfortable receiving the ball inside the box at late notice.

Similarly, Gabriel Martinelli has failed to score since an appearance at Kenilworth Road seven matches ago and Martin Odegaard has had just one goal contribution in the same number.

Despite the aforementioned obvious lack of goals for Arteta’s side, the puzzling fact is that they’re winning the midfield battle and creating plenty of chances as seen in a total of 9.29 Expected Goals in their last five matches and have only recorded less than one Expected Goal in one of their last ten.

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I firmly believe Roy Hodgson will be the next Premier League manager to leave his post and with just one win since the start of November, life doesn’t look to be getting any easier for the Eagles whose upcoming fixtures include Arsenal, Brighton, Chelsea, and Everton. Therefore, it wouldn’t be a shock to see the 76 year-old manager string up a series of defeats and be unemployed by mid-February.

Recent rumours suggests the board has certain names lined up and ready to take up the role, with the former Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper allegedly avoiding an assignment at Birmingham City, almost as if something more potent at the top level could be on the agenda instead…

After scoring four goals from his final four matches in 2023, Michael Olise’s injury woes have returned which will pile the pressure instead on Eberechi Eze and Jean-Philippe Mateta who have combined for a total of just one goal contribution in their last five appearances. Ghanian international Jordan Ayew will also miss the game and his omnipresent nature in recent weeks will be a massive miss for the away side.

VERDICT
This might be the first of many nails being hammered into Roy Hodgson’s proverbial coffin throughout the next four weeks. Both sides will want to come out flying early, with Arsenal trying new ways to fix their goalscoring issue after a 2-week absence and the away side trying to exploit Arsenal’s usually shaky early defence. Therefore, over 1.5 first-half goals is a good bet at 13/8 with starsports.bet.

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