Chris Sutton predicts who’ll win between Arsenal and Crystal Palace

Arsenal return to Premier League action on Saturday, with Crystal Palace coming to the Emirates Stadium for the 12:30pm kickoff.

The Gunners will look to get back to winning ways following their Dubai warm-weather training camp after suffering a downturn in form during the festive period.
Arsenal have been winless for a month, having lost their last three games in all competitions and drawing against Liverpool before Christmas.

The Gunners have now recharged their batteries and will be eager to hit the ground running in a London derby against the league’s 14th-placed side.

BBC Sport pundit Chris Sutton has now predicted who he thinks will win in Saturday’s fixture between Arsenal and Palace.
Admittedly, he is not too confident over how the Gunners will fare, admitting his prediction – a 2-0 home win – is more a case of what he’s hoping for.

Sutton reckons Palace will shut up shop, absorb pressure and look to hit Arsenal on the counter, as they did against Manchester City in December.
Crystal Palace went out of the FA Cup against Everton on Wednesday but they definitely had one eye on this game with the substitutions Roy Hodgson made,” Sutton wrote on BBC Sport.

“You know what Hodgson will do here – he will shut up shop and try to frustrate Arsenal, then hope to get something on the break, a lot like the Eagles did against Manchester City before Christmas.

“They have the quality to hurt Arsenal that way, but I still think this game is more about whether the Gunners can find a way through Palace’s defence.

“Of course there are question marks over Mikel Arteta’s side after their recent results, especially in attack where they have not been taking their chances.
They need to find a way of changing that and I suspect they will, but this prediction is really what I’m hoping for more than anything else.

“I want to see Arsenal in the title race and challenging Manchester City at the end of the season. For that to happen, they will have to hang on in there during spells like this.”

As per BBC Sport, after a run of just one win in eight Premier League games against Palace from 2018-19 to 2021-22, Arsenal have won their last three games against the Eagles.

Although history is on the Gunners’ side for now, Arteta’s charges must be at their best against a dangerous Palace side that’s better than their league position suggests.

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