Soccer Picks Arsenal vs. Crystal Palace

Nila Amerova

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 8:49 PM GMT

Arsenal and Crystal Palace collide on match day 24 in Barclay’s Premier League. Find out what soccer betting odds are currently available and where the value is to be had.

Arsenal teetering at the top

As Premier League betting went mid-week on us, Arsenal generously sent out an invitation to its rivals to sit at the head of the table. It remains to be seen whether Man City or Chelsea for that matter will accept.

Arsenal suffered a slight setback on the back of a 2-2 draw to Southampton on Tuesday, a result that saw drop their lead in Premier League to just two points. Man City (on 50 points) and Chelsea (on 49 points) could potential leap frog ahead of Arsenal after Wednesday’s round of mid-week action, a happenstance should it occur many experts and pundits alike in soccer betting circles foresee as the beginning of the end of Arsenal’s reign over the table. Fulfilling the prophecy that Arsenal will be hard pressed to win the title this season, which has long been maintained in sportsbooks, echoed in futures odds where Arsenal are listed third in the pecking order for the title at +450 soccer odds, behind Man City at +105 and Chelsea at +200.

Sunday’s clash against a resurgent Crystal Palace will give Arsenal an opportunity to readdress any changes in the table and, perhaps, even prove these ominous predictions wrong. But Arsené Wenger will need to be mindful of his side’s upcoming schedule that serves up Premier League clashes with a red-hot Liverpool, a Juan Mata-strong Man U, followed by an FA Cup clash with Liverpool all over the course of a week. It remains to be seen how much he’s willing to risk against Crystal Palace, what starting XI he’ll field.

Indeed, the draw to Southampton is already looking costly as Wenger’s side is in very real danger of losing the lead not only this week but also permanently given the verve and swagger both Man City and Chelsea boast at the moment. That said Arsenal are firmly installed as the favourites at -500 soccer odds at Bet365 to win outright at the Emirates when they welcome the Super Eagles on Sunday.

What the Gunners (16-4-3) have going for them is a solid record at home which stands at 8-2-1 for the season; the defeat to Aston Villa to kick start the season remaining their lone defeat at the Emirates. Moreover, their ten-game undefeated run at home includes seven clean sheets. They are 5-1-0 in their last six games both home and away, a run that includes three clean sheets.

Since Tony Pulis took over the reins at Crystal Palace, new life has been injected into the side’s Premier League campaign and they’ve steadily marched up the table. A mid-week victory over Hull City has lifted the Super Eagles up to 14th in the league with a 7-2-14 mark and 23 points and extended their winning form to two in a row.

They are an encouraging 3-1-2 in their last overall six games but road form remains on a depressing mark, at 2-0-9 to date and highlighted by severe scoring issues (five goals scored and 17 conceded). Their last road victory was on Boxing Day, away to Aston Villa. What’s more they’ve already played two of the league’s bigwigs this month in Man U and Tottenham and come away empty-handed. More likely than not more of the same is expected; that is, if the soccer odds were any indication. Crystal Palace are listed as the whopping +1400 underdogs to win outright, a price that brands them as the biggest underdogs of week 24 BPL betting. The draw, which would be a golden nugget if the Super Eagles were to clinch it, is also listed at a large +500 at Bet365. It follows, a result by Crystal Palace (a win or a draw) would send seismic shockwaves through sports betting markets that would register so high on the Richter scale as to mark it one of the biggest upsets of the season.

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Soccer Betting Verdict: On paper, this is a complete and utter mismatch and, as such, the balance tips in favour of the massively favoured Gunners. Everything about this match-up screams a home banker, even if Arsené Wenger makes adjustments to his starting XI in view of the coming tough week because beating a slightly diluted Arsenal at the Emirates should still prove tough for Crystal Palace mastermind. Therefore, we recommend Arsenal at -500 as our soccer pick. To add value, take the Under 2.5 at +125.

Soccer Free Picks: Arsenal at -500 to win; Under 2.5 at +125

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