Despite having only won once in their previous eight meetings with Crystal Palace, Arsenal are the overwhelming favourites for tonight’s game.
Mikel Arteta’s team will be tested to see if they are determined to beat a Crystal Palace side that will be well-drilled by former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira.
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Palace play entertaining, free-flowing football and clearly outplayed Arsenal last season. Arsenal earned one point from two League meetings with Palace, losing 3-0 at Selhurst Park and drawing 1-1 at the Emirates.
Arsenal has only won one of the last eight meetings. However, there is no doubt that Arsenal have had a fantastic transfer window and a near-perfect pre-season to prepare for this match.
Vieira prefers big, tough players who bully their opponents, and his record of not conceding at home in their last six competitive games demonstrates that his tactics are effective.
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Arsenal odds appear to be a little low, but with money pouring in from gamblers all over the world, including top betting sites in Uganda, the bookies are probably playing it safe.