Arsenal are well known for rallying in the closing weeks of the season after falling behind in the title race and we could see another example of this in 2016/17. Nevertheless given the large gap which exists between Arsene Wenger’s men and the top four, they have a massive task on their hands should they wish to participate in the Champions League next season.
They have yet to face Spurs and Manchester United and these are likely to prove crucial and defining matches both for the Gunners’ final league position and for the future of manager Arsene Wenger.
Following some disappointing recent defeats, Arsenal twice clawed their way back from behind to force a 2-2 draw with Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium and they followed this with a much-needed 3-0 victory over West Ham United in their last outing.
They will have their work cut-out tonight against a Crystal Palace side which will have been boosted by their 2-1 win over leaders Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last weekend. The Eagles were brought back down to earth with a midweek 3-1 defeat at Southampton but Sam Allardyce will be confident of managing something from tonight’s clash with the Gunners.
Nevertheless Crystal Palace are still in the mix for possible relegation with a mere three points separating them from the bottom three and whilst the Eagles have shown improvement in recent weeks, they have struggled on home soil and this doesn’t inspire much confidence ahead of tonight’s match.
Arsenal haven’t lost to Crystal Palace in their previous fourteen meetings with the Eagles last winning against the Gunners at Selhurst Park back in 1979 and with the hosts amongst the lowest-scoring sides in this season’s Premier League, we’ll be going for an Arsenal win-to-nil at 13/5 with Paddy Power.