Soccer Picks: Crystal Palace vs. Arsenal

Steven Suarez

Friday, October 25, 2013 1:22 PM GMT

Friday, Oct. 25, 2013 1:22 PM GMT

The Gunners have one thing on their mind, maintaining their first place position in the Premier League standings. We need to carefully review the betting odds for their next game before making out picks.

 


Odds Overview

Not very often do you see an away team listed at betting odds of -285 to win in the ultra-competitive Premier League, but that's where Arsenal stands for Saturday's match  at Selhurst Park.

As improbable as a win would be for Palace, the allure of getting a +900 return could sway some into a small wager on the home side. Back the draw and you'll get +400 from the sportsbooks.

Crystal Palace

This is hardly the start to the season that Eagles fans would have wanted after a relatively surprising promotion.

Crystal Palace has lost seven of eight matches and are ahead of only Sunderland, whom their one victory came against, in the table. The Eagles have a goal differential of minus 11 and have been out-scored 13-2 over their past five Premier League fixtures, all of which were losses.

This past Monday, Palace fell 4-1 at home to Fulham, this coming after Adrian Mariappa had put the hosts up 1-0 after only seven minutes.

The poor performance was enough to lead to the departure of Ian Holloway, who reportedly left by mutual. Lord only knows what actually happened with that situation, but it's hardly Holloway's fault the Eagles have been struggling to stay afloat in the top flight.

This squad is simply not talented enough to stick around, and it would certainly take something magical for that to occur. It's reported that Palace is interested in bringing in former Stoke City boss Tony Pulis to take over the managerial role. We'll see.

Arsenal

The Gunners may have lost their recent Champions League encounter, but they're still flying high domestically. They lead all sides by two points, with 19 points recorded out of a possible 24.

Their latest Premier League fixture ended in a 4-1 win over Norwich City, but they couldn't keep the momentum up when they played host to Borussia Dortmund in a group-stage tie.

The Germans came to play and would go on to win 2-1 on a late Robert Lewandowski goal. Olivier Giroud was the man to score for Arsene Wenger's gang, but it wasn't enough against last season's runners-up.

Still, there's a lot to be happy about in the Arsenal camp. Giroud has been in fine goalscoring form, as has reborn-again midfielder Aaron Ramsey, who's scored a team-leading five goals in the league campaign so far.

Then there's Mesut Ozil, who's fit in seamlessly and has already made the different on numerous occasions. Let's also remember that Arsenal is still without Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, all of whom are scheduled to return sometime next month.

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Premier League Pick

We get that Crystal Palace gets to host this match, but this one could get out of hand in a hurry regardless. Sometimes a manager change can inspire the underdog and lead to a surprise result, but we don't foresee that happening this weekend.

The Gunners are the far more talented side and are going to come out fired up after losing at home during the week. Arsenal should be able to come out on top based on the gulf in quality alone, but it never hurts to have some added motivation. A loss in front of your home supporters will do the job in that respect.

Arsenal is going to do everything in their power to keep hold of the top spot in the Premier League. We should keep that in mind when making our soccer picks. Ultimately, they should win in straightforward fashion.

Pick: Crystal Palace 0 Arsenal 2

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