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Crystal Palace v Arsenal betting tips: Gunners fired up for derby

| 18.05.2021

Roy Hodgson has announced he will leave Crystal Palace at the end of the season ahead of the clash with Arsenal who have won four of their last six games.

Hodgson preserved the Eagles’ Premier League status once again and they are finishing the campaign strongly thanks to wins against Sheffield United and Aston Villa, with another victory priced at 5/1.

The Gunners still have a very slim chance of European football next season, so let’s examine the odds and markets for our Crystal Palace v Arsenal betting tips.

Match Odds

The Eagles are regarded as big outsiders to win this London derby but the last three encounters between the teams have been drawn and a fourth stalemate is priced at 16/5.

A point apiece and goals at both ends has occurred in three of the last five contests and is available at 4/1 but with Arsenal having won their last three away games they are the 8/15 favourites.

Goals have come early for both teams recently, with Palace scoring inside the first five minutes against Sheffield United and Southampton, so we go 12/1 and 11/1 on the hosts to bag their first goal between 1-10 or 11-20 minutes respectively.

However, Mikel Arteta’s side have been leading 1-0 at the break in their last three away games and are available at 11/10 win the first half, 7/5 on Arsenal HT/FT or 13/5 to be 1-0 up after 45 minutes.

Talking Tactics

Arteta deployed a 3-4-2-1 formation in his side’s last outing a week ago when the Gunners secured a first win at Chelsea in a decade.

In the build-up to the game, the Spaniard angrily backtracked on comments he made which suggested some of his players were not giving 100% but after the game at Stamford Bridge he said his charges “showed how much they mean it”.

Hodgson had no such doubts about his squad after they twice came back to beat Aston Villa 3-2 at Selhurst Park, where 21-year-old left-back Tyrick Mitchell was the unlikely hero.

The former England manager utilised a 4-3-3 system in which in-form Christian Benteke spearheaded the attack with Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend either side.

Goalscorer Odds

Benteke has scored in his last three games and is 12/5 to make it four in a row or 13/2 to break the deadlock, as he did in the second minute in both games against Sheffield United and Southampton.

Zaha is 6/1 to get the ball rolling or 9/4 to score as he did against Villa while Mitchell is 40/1 to net in back-to-back games.

For Arsenal, Emile Smith Rowe has bagged the first goal in his side’s last two games and is 13/2 to repeat the trick or 12/5 to get on the scoresheet.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was sent off in last season’s fixture having scored his third goal against Palace in five meetings and he is available at 5/2 to strike the opener or 4/5 just to find the net.

Match Info

Where: Selhurst Park

When: 19:00, Wednesday 19th May

How to watch: BT Sport

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