Arsenal’s Champions League wobble against Borussia Dortmund will have acted as a timely wakeup call ahead of their trip to rudderless relegation candidates Crystal Palace and the 17/20 about the Gunners in the half-time/full-time market looks a gift.
The League leaders are 33/10 for the win, with their hosts 15/2 for a shock triumph and the draw available at odds of 4/1.
Arsenal were winning five of their eight league games at half-time, taking three points in all five.
After leading just 11 of their 38 top-flight outings last season at the break, getting their nose in front before the oranges are dealt has been a feature of the north Londoners’ bold start to this campaign.
Arsene Wenger’s side have drawn first blood in six of their seven away games since the chequered flag was raised.
The Eagles have shipped seven first-period goals in eight Premier League outings this term.
It’s an ominous sign of the downturn in Palace resolve that all seven of those strikes were registered in their last five games, with five of them coming in the last two.
Even without recourse to the stunning efforts that sent last season’s play-off winners in at the break with their tails between their legs against Fulham, the woeful set-piece defending that allowed the Cottagers two further strikes in the second-half should afford Arsenal ample chances to go in with a lead after 45 minutes.
The Gunners won five of their six matches against promoted sides in 2012/13.
Punters fearful of a less than stellar visiting line-up derailing their wagers will be pleased as punch to note that Arsenal didn’t field a weakened side in any of their clashes with Premier League rookies last term.
They also notched at least once inside the first half in all six of their fixtures against the new arrivals.