Mikel Arteta’s 10th-placed Arsenal head to Selhurst Park this weekend to clash against 9th placed Crystal Palace with a win for either team capable of launching the winner within a touching distance of the 5th spot.
Two wins, two draws and a defeat from the Spaniard’s first five games at the helm would have given the Gunners’ faithful a slight ray of hope heading into this clash.
But Roy Hodgson’s men are a difficult side to get the better off at home with the present top three – Man City, Leicester City and Liverpool – the only teams to have beaten Palace at Selhurst Park in their last fourteen league outings there.
Crystal Palace have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 6 matches against Arsenal in all competitions.
There have been under 2.5 goals scored in 7 of Crystal Palace’s last 8 games.
Crystal Palace have scored at least 2 goals in 5 of their last 6 matches against Arsenal in all competitions.
The hosts will look to stifle Arsenal’s offensive setup and with the low scoring pattern in Crystal Palace’s games this season, the under 2.5 goals market looks the smartest avenue of approach for Saturday’s game. (Under 2.5 goals)