Free tips Premier League: Arsenal v Crystal Palace prediction (4pm, Sunday)
ARSENAL V CRYSTAL PALACE PREDICTIONS, BETTING TIPS & MATCH PREVIEW
Sunday 1st January 2017, 4pm, Emirates Stadium
Sam Allardyce will look to build on the promising performance and useful point at Watford on Boxing Day but faces a tough task as he takes his Crystal Palace to the Emirates.
Palace have won only three of their 41 meetings with Arsenal and their last win over the Gunners came in 1994, with only one point from their six meetings since they won promotion in 2013 but that draw did come in their last meeting – at the Emirates back in April.
Arsene Wenger’s side have not lost at home in the league since the opening day of the current season but will sweat on the fitness of Theo Walcott, Kieran Gibbs and Shkodran Mustafi while Danny Welbeck, Per Mertesacker, Santi Cazorla and Mathieu Debuchy all remain sidelined.
Allardyce may again be without midfield duo James McArthur and Joe Ledley and will be also miss Loic Remy, Connor Wickham, James Tomkins, Steve Mandanda and Bakary Sako are all still nursing injuries, and Damien Delaney is suspended.
Anytime scorer odds
Alexis Sanchez – 4/5 – William Hill, Net Bet – 12 goals in 17 starts this season for Arsenal’s star man but has failed to score in his last two
Olivier Giroud – 10/11 – various – Giroud was handed a rare start on Boxing Day and headed the crucial late winner – can he replicate that?
Lucas Perez – 6/5 – various – yet to score a league goal but has netted five in Europe and is increasingly playing a great role for Arsenal.
Christian Benteke 7/2 – Betfred – the Belgian saw a weak penalty saved, vitally, at Watford and has looked short of form this season, but will add an attacking focal point
Arsenal v Crystal Palace Betting tips
Over 3.5 goals – 6/4 – Palace have scored (29) more goals than Manchester United this season, while only Liverpool surpass Arsenal’s tally (39) – this bet appears to have strong value.
Half time/full time – Draw/Arsenal– 7/2 – BetVictor, 188Bet – Allardyce will have his team prepared and hard to break down, while Arsenal had to wait until the second half to take leads at home to Bournemouth, Stoke and West Brom recently
Arsenal should win but the market value lies in the manner of it – the first half may be tight (even with goals) but the second should see Arsenal’s superiority show.