- The opening game of the EPL season takes place at Selhurst Park at 3:00 pm ET on Friday
- South Londoners Palace finished 12th last season while north London’s Arsenal claimed fifth spot
- See all the odds and best bets for Crystal Palace vs Arsenal – Premier League Round 1 (Aug 5)
England’s Premier League returns with Crystal Palace vs Arsenal at Selhurst Park in London on Friday.
Palace is hoping in this campaign to build upon a promising first season in 2021-22 under the command of coach Patrick Vieira.
Meanwhile, Arsenal is seeking to return to its former position of power in the English game after a summer of re-building by boss Mikel Arteta.
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Arsenal finished fifth last season while Palace was 12th.
The home team has been hit ahead of Crystal Palace vs Arsenal by the departure of influential loanee England midfield star Conor Gallagher, who has returned to Chelsea.
The club’s major signing, meanwhile, has been the capture of defensive midfielder Cheick Doucoure from French outfit Lens for £13.5 million.
USA center-back Chris Richards has also arrived from Bayern Munich.
Furthermore, Arsenal’s biggest new name is the Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus who arrived from Manchester City for £45 million.
It raided City again ahead of Crystal Place vs Arsenal to sign Ukrainian defender Oleksandr Zinchenko.
Crystal Palace vs Arsenal Statistics
*Statistics from EPL 2021-22.
Another significant signing was that of attacking midfielder Fabio Vieira from Porto.
Striker Alexandre Lacazette has left for Lyon while midfielder Matteo Guendouzi has joined Marseille.
Crystal Palace vs Arsenal Prediction
At DraftKings, Arsenal is widely favored in the EPL odds for an away win in the EPL season curtain-raiser at -125.
Palace, meanwhile, is priced at +360. The draw is rated at +275 with kick-off at 3:00 pm ET.
Last season under Viera, Palace was noted for adopting a more adventurous and attacking style than under his predecessor, Roy Hodgson.
But it was hampered by drawing too many games – 15 in total – while winning 11 and losing 12. That win ratio has to improve.
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Wilfried Zaha has been on fire during Crystal Palace's pre-season friendlies. 🔥
Arsenal on alert for Friday's opener. 👀 pic.twitter.com/57RtMMmTND
— BabaIjebu (@playbabaijebu) August 2, 2022
Arsenal has enjoyed a good pre-season and won all five of its friendlies.
These have included a 6-0 thumping of top Spanish outfit Sevilla in London last weekend when Gabriel Jesus scored a hat-trick.
It addressed its major need before Crystal Palace vs Arsenal, which was to sign a striker.
Last season it claimed a Europa League qualifying place with a record of 22 wins, 13 defeats and only three draws.
Clearly, it has to improve that record of losses this season and to this end, has addressed its defensive problems with the signing of Zinchenko.
Over/Under & Spread
As the season opener, Crystal Palace vs Arsenal will be a big occasion which could mean a high-scoring affair. DraftKings offers a price of +180 for there to be more than three goals (Over 3).
Meanwhile, Arsenal’s spread price to win by two goals or more is set at +150 (Asian Handicap -1).
Arsenal training today ahead of tomorrow’s opening game against Crystal Palace ⚽️ ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/DTDDWW7BBE
— Arsenal Guns (@TheArsenalGuns) August 4, 2022
Furthermore, Palace is priced at +150 to win by one goal ore more (Asian Handicap +0.25).
In pre-season, Palace has been busy playing nine friendlies.
It won five times, drew twice and lost twice – against Liverpool and Manchester United.
Gabriel Jesus to Score Odds
Following an impressive pre-season for Arsenal in which he scored seven times in five games, Gabriel Jesus is, unsurprisingly, the favorite to get on the scoresheet at +180.
His Gunners’ team-mate Eddie Ketiah is the second favorite in Crystal Place vs Arsenal at +210.
Wilfried Zaha, meanwhile, is the Palace player rated most likely to score at +240 after hitting five-pre season goals.
Crystal Palace vs Arsenal Projected Line-Ups & Injuries
Crystal Palace Projected Line-up: Guaita; Clyne, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell; Schlupp, Doucoure, Eze; Ayew, Edouard, Zaha
Crystal Palace Injuries: Olise, Butland, Tomkins, McArthur.
Arsenal Projected Line-up: Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Xhaka, Partey; Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli; Jesus
Arsenal Injuries: Smith-Rowe, Tierney, Vieira, Tomiyasu
In this fixture last season, Palace was a 3-0 winner at home. There was a 2-2 draw at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium HQ.
Palace finished last season in good form – losing just once in its final six league games while also reaching the FA cup semi-final, where it was beaten 2-0 by Chelsea.
🗣 "We know what to expect on a Friday night at Selhurst Park."
Mikel Arteta is anticipating a "rocking atmosphere" as Arsenal face Crystal Palace tonight pic.twitter.com/GtUtOdYHmh
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) August 5, 2022
Arsenal won five of its last seven league games but lost twice during that run.
It completed its EPL program with a flourish in a 5-1 home win against Everton.
Crystal Place vs Arsenal Pick
This Crystal Place vs Arsenal clash will be an intense affair with Palace boss Vieira facing the club where he became a superstar player.
There are likely to be goals. And with Gabriel Jesus in such devastating form, it’s hard to see better value than the +180 offered for him to get on the scoresheet.
Pick: Gabriel Jesus to score anytime (+180)
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