[ClevPicks Prediction]: Crystal Palace vs. Arsenal: Will Palace Cause More Misery to Arsenal in Opener?
Gunners must deal with hosts' high intensity in season opener.
For the second consecutive season, Arsenal begins the Premier League season on a Friday night, traveling south across the River Thames to face Crystal Palace.
When the two teams played last season, Arsenal icon Patrick Vieira won the tactical duel versus Mikel Arteta on both occasions.
The Eagles were unlucky to be held to a 2-2 draw at Emirates Stadium, conceding a late equalizer after outplaying Arsenal for much of the game.
Palace dominated in the rematch, winning 3-0 at Selhurst Park.
The visitors were physically outmatched in what turned out to be a costly late-season defeat.
Vieira's strategy in both games against his former team was to make quick, aggressive beginnings.
Palace's high-intensity pushing worked well both at home and away, especially early on.
Arsenal were taken off their stride, unable to establish any form of flow and misplacing countless passes.
Palace's gameplan performed quite well, as seen by their pass-accuracy statistics.
Arsenal's first-half passing v Palace
In recent seasons, Palace have proved to be very awkward opponents for Arsenal.
Losing just one of their last eight encounters with them, the Eagles have earned five draws and two victories against them since the start of 2018/19.
Arsenal have really struggled to deal with their power and pace across those campaigns.
Last 4 meetings
Palace have averaged 1.75 goals per match against Arsenal in those contests, scoring two or more goals in five of the eight meetings.
Recent history suggests this will be a strong test for Arteta’s men on August 5.
Crystal Palace and Arsenal have drawn their last 6 meetings, with 4 draws and 1 win for each other. Last season Crystal Palace were unbeaten against Arsenal 3-0 at home and 2-2 away, with Mateta, Ayew and Zaha scoring the goals for the team.
Arsenal are clearly better than Crystal Palace in terms of strength, but Crystal Palace have always had a good home record, with 7 wins, 8 draws and 4 losses in 19 EPL home games last season.
Still Arsenal needs a big win to start the new season, since they had 5 consecutive wins in their last 5 games with 20 goals this summer. It's no problem for them to keep it high.
Predict Bayern Munich will win with multiple goals, recommendation: Asian Handicap: Arsenal -0.75
ClevPicks Prediction: Arsenal -0.75
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