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Arsenal take on Crystal Palace betting news, odds and free bets as the Gunners look good on the handicap with Paddy Power to take advantage of a managerless Crystal Palace side.

Arsenal host Crystal Palace in Saturday’s evening kick-off, as the Gunners look to life up to their title underdogs tag, with the home win at -2 on the handicap at 5/2 looking too big to miss.

A 3-0 Community Shield win over Manchester City has lifted spirits at the Emirates, with fans believing they can end a long title drought.

Crystal Palace will be looking for a repeat showing of last season, where Tony Pulis managed to guide the Eagles to safety.

When Pulis took charge, Palace were adrift at the bottom of the table, however the former Stoke manager turned their campaign around magnificently.

This summer they have signed Brede Hangeland on a free transfer from Fulham, as well as Fraizer Campbell from relegated Cardiff City.

Arsenal have spent slightly more than their London rivals, splashing out £30million on Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez.

Calum Chambers, Mathieu Debuchy and goalkeeper David Ospina have also arrived, although they did lose Bacary Sagna to Manchester City and captain Thomas Vermaelen.

Arsenal did the double over Crystal Palace last season, winning 2-0 at both Selhurst Park and the Emirates.

Team news

Sanchez, Debuchy and Chambers are all expected to make their debuts for Arsenal in the clubs Premier League opener.

The German trio of Per Mertesacker, Mesut Ozil and Lukas Podolski will miss the game, having just returned from a successful World Cup campaign.

Yaya Sanogo had an impressive pre-season, however Olivier Giroud looks set to start ahead of his French compatriot.

Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere will play alongside the clubs new captain Mikel Arteta in midfield.

Crystal Palace could resist the urge to play a 4-5-1 formation, with Campbell and the former Gunner Marouane Chamakh to start up front.

Hangeland looks set to partner Scott Dann in the heart of Palace’s defence, meaning Damien Delaney will miss out.

The versatile Joel Ward will be deployed from left full-back, with Adrian Mariappa to play from the opposite flank.

Jason Puncheon and Yannick Bolasie were superb from wide areas for Palace last campaign and the talented duo will again start.

Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Szczesny, Debuchy, Chambers, Koscielny, Gibbs, Arteta, Ramsey, Sanchez, Wilshere, Cazorla, Giroud

Crystal Palace (4-4-2): Speroni, Mariappa, Hangeland, Dann, Ward, Puncheon, Jedinak, Ledley, Bolasie, Campbell, Chamakh

 

Trevor is a Dublin based journalist and content writer, having already written a number of sports related books, including Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story. You can follow Trevor at Google here.

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