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Arsenal Can Close in on the Top Three
29 December 2016, 22:19
Arsenal Can Close in on the Top Three
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With Liverpool and Manchester City playing each other in the Premier League this weekend, it’s a great opportunity for Arsenal to make up some lost ground on those teams.

Arsene Wenger’s men struggled to break down a stubborn West Bromwich Albion team last time out and needed a late Olivier Giroud winner to seal the points.  Having lost their previous two league games, this was always going to be an important match for Arsenal and as the clock ticked down, another disappointing result was seemingly on the cards.  In truth, it wasn’t as if Arsenal did not create chances throughout the match but Ben Foster was in inspired form and Wenger will be hoping to build on that win against Crystal Palace.

The Eagles arrive at the Emirates Stadium with a new manager, Sam Allardyce.  The former England boss took his team to Watford for his first game in charge and came away with a point.  However, having dominated for periods of the first half, Allardyce will feel his team should have been out of sight by the time Troy Deeney scored from the penalty spot for Watford in the second half.  Still, it was a decent start for Palace under their new manager.

Unfortunately for Crystal Palace, trends show they are in for a tough afternoon.  Arsenal are undefeated against Crystal Palace in their last eleven meetings in the Premier League, with Arsenal winning seven of the last eight.  In fact, Crystal Palace have won only one of the previous twenty-three matches against Arsenal in the Premier League, which is a very poor record.  Add to the mix the fact Arsenal are undefeated in their last eight Premier League games at the Emirates Stadium and the huge task facing Allardyce and their players becomes clear.

Crystal Palace’s problem this season has been conceding goals and away from, their defending has been very poor.  In their last five away league games, Crystal Palace have conceded 15 goals, at an average of 3 goals per game and this will be music to the ears of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, who enjoy nothing more than a free-flowing, open game.  One thing in Palace’s favour is their ability to score goals away from home and they have scored in their last eight away Premier League games, including three at Hull and four at Swansea.  However, due the number of goals conceded, wins have been difficult to come by and Arsenal to win with both teams to score is worth a look.

Arsenal do not know what it is like to go into half-time of a Premier League game losing.  They haven't lost at half-time any of their last twenty-nine matches in the Premier League, which is a tremendous record.  Unless Crystal Palace can produce their best performance of the season, Arsenal are likely to go in at half-time at least level and then go on to claim the win.  Crystal Palace may be more difficult to break down than they were under Alan Pardew but ultimately Arsenal have too much quality.

Predictions for Premier League

Home team - Away team Forebet
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Liverpool FC
Everton FC

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Watford FC
Sunderland

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Burnley FC
Tottenham

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Chelsea FC
Crystal Palace

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England Premier League - predictions, tips, statistics
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Chelsea FC 69 28 22 3 3 59 21 38
2. Tottenham 59 28 17 8 3 55 21 34
3. Manchester City 57 28 17 6 5 54 30 24
4. Liverpool FC 56 29 16 8 5 61 36 25
5. Manchester United 52 27 14 10 3 42 23 19
6. Arsenal 50 27 15 5 7 56 34 22
7. Everton FC 50 29 14 8 7 51 30 21
8. West Bromwich 43 29 12 7 10 39 38 1
9. Stoke City 36 29 9 9 11 33 42 -9
10. Southampton 33 27 9 6 12 33 36 -3
11. Bournemouth 33 29 9 6 14 42 54 -12
12. West Ham 33 29 9 6 14 40 52 -12
13. Burnley FC 32 29 9 5 15 31 42 -11
14. Watford FC 31 28 8 7 13 33 48 -15
15. Leicester City 30 28 8 6 14 33 47 -14
16. Crystal Palace 28 28 8 4 16 36 46 -10
17. Swansea City 27 29 8 3 18 36 63 -27
18. Hull City 24 29 6 6 17 26 58 -32
19. Middlesbrough 22 28 4 10 14 20 33 -13
20. Sunderland 20 28 5 5 18 24 50 -26

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