The positive effects of a managerial switch at Crystal Palace have just begun to waver in recent weeks and in their current vein of form Arsenal are primed to officially end Alan Pardew’s honeymoon period.
Four wins from his first four games in charge immediately endeared the former Palace player to the fans, though just one win, accompanied by two defeats and a draw have followed for Pardew since.
An initial Pardew triumph over Tottenham was only the Eagles’ third top-flight home win in 14, a malaise the former Newcastle manager has inherited from his predecessor.
A draw with Newcastle was sandwiched between a 1-0 league loss to Everton and a 2-1 FA Cup exit to Liverpool at Selhurst Park last time out, where Palace were poor in general.
It’s this discomfort in their own back yard that should guide the bwin punter away from the temptation of Palace at 3/1 or even 13/5 on a draw, and instead start their bidding at 17/20 about Arsenal prevailing.
Meanwhile, Arsenal are chasing an eighth win in nine all-competition games as part of a majestic run only blemished by a closely-fought derby defeat at Tottenham three fixtures back.
The Gunners simply love playing the Eagles too, having won seven and lost none of the last ten meetings in all comps against them and going unbeaten in 11 visits south of the Thames.
Packed to the rafters with attacking talent, Arsenal have been finding the net with consummate ease of late, averaging exactly 2.5 goals per game over their last eight outings.
However, they’ve also kept just one clean sheet in the same number of games away from home, so the smash hit for bwin bet-placers here has to be the multiple correct score option about 2-1, 3-1 or 4-1 to Arsenal at 18/5.