Daily Tip – Gunners to edge past Eagles

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Roy Hodgson

Selhurst Park was the scene of one of Arsenal’s darkest days last season and they could again struggle against Crystal Palace on Thursday.

The Eagles won this fixture 3-0 in May, a result that led to further calls for Arsene Wenger’s head but he stayed on and there remains a funk surrounding the Gunners.

Palace are unbeaten in eight and Roy Hodgson’s appointment seems to have been a winner, with the former England boss giving them the structure they lacked under his predecessor, Frank de Boer.

Hodgson will also be boosted by the return of Christian Benteke from suspension and the Belgian will be looking to cause the Gunners’ defence plenty of problems with his physicality.

Benteke’s hold-up play also brings Wilfried Zaha into the game and the winger has again been Palace’s standout man this term.

Arsenal have had an extra day to recover following Friday’s epic 3-3 draw with Liverpool and this could make the difference.

4/5 for the away win certainly tempts, but Arsenal’s fragility means that result with both to score at 39/20 seems a likely outcome.