Kick-off: 2000, 05/08/2022
Stadium: Selhurst Park
TV: Sky Sports
Patrick Vieira begins his second season in charge of Crystal Palace by entertaining former club Arsenal in the Premier League curtain raiser.
The Frenchman, who won three titles with the Gunners as a player, enjoyed last term’s encounters, with the Eagles picking up four points.
We reckon 3.4 for the spoils to be shared at Selhurst Park on this occasion is a value bet for our initial Crystal Palace vs Arsenal prediction.
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Vieira did a fine job in his first campaign, rebuilding an ageing squad inherited from Roy Hodgson and leading Palace to 12th place in the table.
The Eagles, who also reached the FA Cup semi-finals, lost only one of their last six matches and closed with a home victory over Manchester United.
Securing a win and a draw versus champions Manchester City, another of Vieira’s clubs as a player, was no mean feat and only four teams prevailed at this venue, including Liverpool and Chelsea.
Arsenal were beaten 3-0 here in early April, as part of an eight-match unbeaten run in front of their fanatical home fans.
Palace have once again been handed some tricky opening fixtures, hosting the Gunners before trips to Liverpool and Manchester City in two of the next three weekends.
However, they can benefit from having more continuity this time around, with Jordan Ayew, Nathaniel Clyne, James McArthur and James Tomkins signing one-year contract extensions.
Chairman Steve Parish told the club website: “Each of them played an enormous role in the progress we’ve all enjoyed in the last year, and we very much expect similar contributions for the season ahead.”
Mikel Arteta received mixed reviews after Arsenal couldn’t quite clinch a Champions League place last season.
Four straight wins in April and May raised hopes of a return to Europe’s elite club competition, but back-to-back losses at Tottenham and Newcastle saw them slip to fifth.
An overall tally of nine away defeats is one issue Arteta has to address after two and a half years at the helm.
Strike duo Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette are now both gone and Arsenal look ready to put more faith in Eddie Nketiah, who ended last term with five goals in seven games.
The 23-year-old, who had been linked with Palace among other clubs, signed a new long-term contract and will take the number 14 shirt, previously worn by Aubameyang and record goalscorer Thierry Henry.
Arteta told the club’s website: “I’m delighted Eddie is staying with us. He represents what we are all about and all the values of the club.
“We are very happy that he has extended his contract and now we have to get to work and continue to develop the great talent and person that we have in him.”
Midfielder Fabio Vieira appears an exciting recruit from Porto, along with young Brazilian winger Marquinhos.
This is still a tough test of how much Arsenal have matured mentally and physically, though, with just one win gained over Palace in eight meetings.
In three of their last six head-to-head encounters, the Gunners have been ahead at the interval before being pegged back by plucky Palace.
Let’s add 14.0 for Arsenal HT/Draw FT to our Crystal Palace vs Arsenal betting tips.
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