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Date: 20 January 2024
Kick-Off: 12:30 UK, 13:30 CET
Venue: Emirates Stadium
TV: TNT Sports
Arsenal vs Crystal Palace: Top free betting tips
Arsenal return to action after a two-week break on Saturday 20 January when they face Crystal Palace in the Premier League. The Eagles were in action on Wednesday night, losing to Everton in the FA Cup, so won't be as fresh as their opponents which bodes well for the Gunners. Our Arsenal vs Crystal Palace prediction is for the home side to get back to winning ways as they look to get themselves back in the title race.
Match handicap prediction: Arsenal -1
Arsenal have been in poor form of late and the break came at the perfect time. It will have allowed key players to rest their bodies and refresh their minds while also giving Mikel Arteta the opportunity to work on some things on the training ground. Arsenal have won three of their last five home Premier League matches by two goals or more and we are backing them to do the same on Saturday.
Total goals prediction: Over 2.5 goals
For whatever reason, Crystal Palace are a better side away from home particularly in front of goal. They have scored seven goals in their last five away Premier League matches which will give them some confidence coming into this one. Arsenal are usually good for a couple of goals at home, too, and have scored 20 goals in their last eight matches at the Emirates Stadium in all competitions.
Correct score prediction: Arsenal 3-1 Crystal Palace
Both teams need a win here for different reasons. Anything other than three points would likely put an end to Arsenal's title aspirations while a bad loss could see Roy Hodgson lose his job at Crystal Palace. Given Arsenal will be far fresher than Palace, and the fact they have more quality in their squad, we are going for a comfortable 3-1 win for Arteta's men.
Arsenal vs Crystal Palace team news
Arsenal predicted lineup vs Crystal Palace
Arsenal fans received the boosts of all boosts this week when Jurrien Timber was pictured training with the first team on their warm-weather training camp in Dubai. While this match surely comes too soon for Timber, the possibility of him playing again in a few weeks is now very real. Elsewhere, Partey, Vieira and Zinchenko remain out injured while Tomiyasu and Elneny are away on international duty. Gabriel Jesus has recovered from a knee injury and is expected to start the match.
Raya – White, Saliba, Gabriel, Kiwior – Rice, Havertz, Odegaard – Saka, Jesus, Martinelli
Crystal Palace predicted lineup vs Arsenal
In light of Arsenal's defensive woes, Rob Holding would have liked the opportunity to show the Gunners what they are missing out on but the Englishman will sit this one out with an ankle injury. He isn't the only Palace player who is unavailable for this one, either, as Olise, Dououre, Ward and Rak-Sakyi are all also busy in the treatment room. Jordan Ayew is another absentee for the Eagles as he is at the Africa Cup of Nations.
Henderson – Clyne, Guehi, Andersen, Mitchell – Lerma, Eze, Richards – Schlupp, Edouard, Mateta
Arsenal vs Crystal Palace: What the fans think
Gunners consider Palace the perfect opponents
Crystal Palace have 2 wins since September
On paper we couldn’t really have a better return fixture than them at home
Absolutely zero excuses for anything less than 3 points on Saturday
— Rory Talks Football (@Rory_Talks_Ball) January 18, 2024
Palace fans call for a protest
Need Hodgson protests and Parish protests for Arsenal away and Sheffield United at home
— Mark (@Mark_CPFC) January 17, 2024
How far will Crystal Palace fans travel to the Emirates Stadium?
Crystal Palace fans faced a long trip to Liverpool in midweek to face Everton but their journey on Saturday is significantly shorter. The travelling Eagles will make their way from South London to North London in a journey that will take around an hour with London traffic via car or coach. By train, fans will need to get an overground service from Crystal Palace to Highbury & Islington which takes 45 minutes.
Arsenal vs Crystal Palace: Tickets
All Arsenal tickets for the match against Crystal Palace have been sold out with the club now urging fans to use the ticket exchange to buy and/or sell tickets. This service is open to official members at Arsenal and season ticket holders. Crystal Palace were given an allocation of 3,000 tickets for the match and all of them have been sold to season ticket holders.
FAQs: Arsenal vs Crystal Palace
Who is the referee? Stuart Attwell is the referee for Arsenal vs Crystal Palace
Who is the Arsenal manager? Mikel Arteta is the Arsenal manager
Where are the two teams in the league? Arsenal are 4th and Crystal Palace are 14th.