The age-old lore of footballing equilibrium suggests Arsenal’s shock defeat at the hands of West Ham on the season’s opening day will be bad news for Crystal Palace.
Shocked out of their August torpor by the flatulent performance that accompanied that loss, the Gunners will be expected to display the chops that had them openly discussed as title challengers during the idle, speculating days of pre-season.
The bwin layers have them down as 3/4 favourites to claim their fifth successive victory over Palace since the latter’s return to the top flight in 2013/14.
However, despite the expectation of an Arsenal backlash, Alan Pardew’s men have every chance of landing odds of 11/4 on the draw or even the 4/1-rated win.
The Eagles’ home record was lamentable last term, in stark comparison to their form on the road under Pardew, yet they still pushed the Gunners close in front of their own partisans.
Arsenal were on the ropes for much of the second half at Selhurst Park and had a goalpost to thank for keeping out a Glenn Murray effort on the way to a 2-1 win.
Other big sides weren’t so lucky, with Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester City among those sent packing pointless on their visits to south London.
Playing against aristocratic opposition who arrive with the self-imposed pressure to dominate possession is a dream scenario for an Eagles attack that comes to life on the counter, especially when their opposition are struggling for fluency.
Such a situation allows Palace to play like the away side, with the added boost of one of the division’s most raucous home supports cheering them on.
The Gunners certainly seemed out of sorts against West Ham, with their passing uncommonly sloppy and an unusual excess of crosses being fired into the visitors’ penalty area.
Such a showing and the loss that accompanied it may be all it takes to snap them out of what may be a post-Community-Shield-victory complacency.
However, 4/1 is a more than fair price about a side who pushed them close on their last meeting prolonging their wait for a first Premier League point of the campaign.