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Arsenal vs. Crystal Palace: Gunners to bounce back from Sheffield United setback?

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Crystal Palace make the short trip across London on Sunday afternoon as they look to bounce back from their home defeat to champions Manchester City.

The Eagles held their own in a tight game. But they were eventually overcome by two first-half goals from Gabriel Jesus and David Silva.

They visit an Arsenal side who were flying high on an eight-game unbeaten run before their shock loss to newly-promoted Sheffield United.

The Gunners are, however, unbeaten at home this season in all competitions. They are currently priced at 4/9 to win the game against Palace. It’s 15/4 for a draw. The visitors available at 11/2.

Starman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has seven league goals this season. He will look to add to that tally against Roy Hodgson’s side. The striker is currently 9/4 to score the game’s opening goal.

Aubameyang to score anytime and his side to win 1-0 can be backed at 16/1. But he comes up against a Palace outfit that have been more solid than most in defence this season.

Palace travel to north London in sixth place, just one point behind their opposition. But while their resolute defensive displays have driven them to where they are, Hodgson will undoubtedly be asking for more goals from his players.

Jordan Ayew is their top scorer with three league goals, just one ahead of defender Patrick van Aanholt. The Ghanaian striker is 10/1 to score first and 11/4 to score anytime. And his defensive team-mate is available at 33/1 to score first and 11/1 to score anytime throughout the 90 minutes.

It will be the third game in six days for Unai Emery’s side, having played Sheffield United and Vitoria on Monday and Thursday respectively. They will then make it a fourth fixture in nine days as they travel to Anfield on Wednesday in the Carabao Cup. All this before another game on Saturday afternoon at home to Wolves.

The busy schedule will undoubtedly test a youthful Gunners squad. They will be keen to get back to winning ways in the league as they search for a top four spot.

The Eagles picked up all three points in this fixture last year. They just about edged Arsenal 3-2 in a five-goal thriller.

Christian Benteke got the opener that day. The Belgian striker is priced at 10/1 to do the same this time around.

It’s also no surprise who else found the net for Palace that day. It was the much-wanted Wilfried Zaha that helped condemn Arsenal to a disappointing defeat. He has since been heavily linked with a move to north London, but remains a real threat for his current side.

He’s available at 3/1 to score anytime against the Gunners on Sunday.

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