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    20/01/2018 Kick Off:  3:00 pm Emirates V Predicted Score:2 - 1

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      Match Summary

      1 Look out for:

      Luka Molivojevic. The midfielder will likely start alongside Yohan Cabaye in Palace’s midfield, and scored a classy goal against Southampton a few weeks ago. Having scored last season against Arsenal, and with four goals to his name already this campaign, the Serbian will be full of confidence on Saturday. Milivojevic is 5/1 to score anytime.

      2 We fancy:

      An Arsenal win and Jack Wilshire to score at 15/2. The midfielder has shown an upturn in form even as his club has struggled, and could drag Arsenal by the neck to victory.

      3 It's a long shot, but…

      Lacazette to score a hat-trick at 33/1. The forward started well after his summer move but tailed off and amid the uncertainty over Ozil and Alexis, it’s time he came to the fore.

      Team News

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      Arsenal's Last Six:

        Arsenal’s last six games: Won: 2 Drawn: 3 Lost: 1

        Wenger will be boosted by the return of Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal who may well start depended on fitness. Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla remain injured with the pair due back in one and two months respectively.

        Mesut Ozil is a doubt having missed the last two fixtures with a knee injury, whilst Alexis Sanchez will be absent with a transfer impending.

         

        Crystal Palace
        Crystal Palace's Last Six:

          Crystal Palace’s last six games: Won: 3 Drawn 2 Lost 1

          Roy Hodgson has the misfortune of dealing with the second most injury struck side in the Premier League at the moment. First team regulars Scott Dann and Jason Puncheon are out for the remainder of the season with ACL injuries, whilst Mamadou Sakho, Joel Ward, Andros Townsend and Jeffrey Schlupp are all out for Saturday’s game.

          Fortunately for the coach, midfield duo Yohan Cabaye and Ruben Loftus-Cheek should both be fit to play against Arsenal.

          Arsenal vs Crystal Palace Betting Tips, Preview & Predictions

          Alexandre Lacazette has the chance to show Arsenal won’t miss Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil if both do leave the club

          Few would have expected it early on in the season, but Crystal Palace have picked up more points than Arsenal over the past two months. Having set the record for the worst ever start to an English professional football season, the Eagles now sit in twelfth place, and will be ready to compete with the Gunners this weekend.

          Arsenal are 1/2 to win on Saturday, having done so in the reverse fixture, away from home. Despite the Gunners’ poor recent form, a return for Laurent Kocielny will have a significant impact in defence, allowing the attacking players more freedom to get about their job.

          Crystal Palace are 9/2 to win, and given their recent form, they will fancy their chances. Without Ozil and Sanchez, Arsenal are a much less offensively potent side, and with Bakary Sako scoring in his last two games, Palace will feel free to go at Wenger’s defence, in front of a discontented Emirates stadium.

          A draw is 15/4 which may be justified given that the two sides are playing at roughly the same level at the moment.

          Alexandre Lacazette is the favourite to score at evens. Without a goal in nine games, the French forward is still Arsenal’s top scorer, after a strong start to the season. If Sanchez does indeed leave the club this January, Lacazette will be Arsenal’s primary attacking threat, and could restore some confidence by scoring on Saturday.

          Wilfred Zaha is 16/5 to score anytime, and is Palace’s joint top scorer, alongside Milivojevic. Having missed the early season due to injury, the winger caused absolute havoc against Arsenal back in December, and made the assists for Townsend’s goal. There does, however, remain a question over how well Zaha fits into a 4-4-2, which Hodgson fielded last weekend against Burnley.

          Predicted Score: Arsenal 2 - 1 Crystal Palace

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          Greg Murray focused on watching football rather than playing it after realising he wasn’t going to be the next Gianfranco Zola. Writing prolifically on Italian football while keeping an eye on the game around the world, Greg has also turned his pen to the aviation industry and the betting market.