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Crystal Palace vs Arsenal Match Preview & Prediction



Crystal Palace and Arsenal Logos Over Selhurst Park

The Premier League season kicks off on Friday night with a blockbuster match between Crystal Palace and Arsenal. Patrick Vieira’s old side come to Selhurst Park and they’ll be hungry to get off to a flying start after not finishing in the top four last season.

The last match at Selhurst Park between these two sides was a 3-0 thrashing for the Eagles. Palace should’ve done the double against them too if it wasn’t for a late goal to equalise at the Emirates.

This is a new season though and Arsenal have recruited well over the summer so anything can happen. We’re expecting this to be a Friday night thriller with the Palace fans in full voice, and we can’t wait!

Now onto the team news followed by our Crystal Palace vs Arsenal prediction.

Crystal Palace Team News

Crystal Palace have recruited well over the summer filling gaps that needed filling. Malcolm Ebiowei was the first to join from Derby County and has impressed in preseason. At 18 years old he’s a great prospect for the future. He’s been handed the number 23 shirt which Conor Gallagher wore last season and he’ll want to make an impact like the Chelsea player did.

Next up was Sam Johnstone on a free transfer after his contract expired at West Brom. He’ll compete with Guaita for the number one spot and will likely replace him when the Spaniard leaves or retires.

Cheick Doucoure was the most highly-anticipated summer signing for Palace after Lens rejected the first bid. With Kouyate’s contract having expired at the end of June, Doucoure will slot into that defensive midfield role.

The most recent signing was American Chris Richards from Bayern Munich. His preferred position is as a centre-back, but he can also play on the right or left at the back. We’ll probably see Palace switch to three at the back with two wing-backs more often this season.

When it comes to Palace’s injury news, James McArthur is sidelined for the start of the season and is likely to return at the end of August. Jack Butland is also out after he broke his wrist playing against Manchester United in the preseason. He already had a challenge on his hands to compete with Guaita and Johnstone, but now he has to recover from this injury.

Finally, Palace’s bright star last season Michael Olise is still feeling the effects of an injury he picked up with the French under-21s in May. He’s not back in group training yet so he’ll likely be out for the first few matches.

Palace have impressed in preseason both at home and on the tour in Singapore and Australia. Eze, Zaha, and Edouard all looked good in the most recent match against Montpellier.

Arsenal Team News

Arsenal have also been busy in this transfer window having brought in two players from the title-winning side, Manchester City. These are Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko who are both still top-quality players that wanted more regular playing time by moving to Arsenal.

Three more players signed for the Gunners meaning they’ve made one more signing than Palace so far going into the season. These are Fabio Vieira from FC Porto, Matt Turner from New England Revolution, and Marquinhos from Sao Paulo.

Regarding Arsenal’s injury news, England youngster Emile Smith-Rowe will be out for the opening clash with Palace with a groin injury. Takehiro Tomiyasu, Kieran Tierney and new signing Fabio Vieira are also doubtful for this match.

Palace will have seen how Jesus has netted seven goals in preseason so will need to make sure that he isn’t allowed enough space to open his scoring in the 2022/23 season.

Crystal Palace vs Arsenal Prediction

The first weekend of the new season is always one of the hardest fixture lists to call and this match is no different. Both teams have key players missing due to injuries and the new signings haven’t had that long to settle.

That said, our Crystal Palace vs Arsenal prediction is a 1-1 draw. Arsenal have looked hungry in preseason and Palace will also be aiming for a top 10 finish this season.

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Nottingham Forest vs Crystal Palace Match Preview & Prediction



The City Ground with Forest & Palace badges

With just one more match left to play before the Premier League breaks up for the World Cup, Palace travel to Nottingham in what will be a tight match between the two sides.

Crystal Palace managed to get their first away win of the campaign only last week when they beat West Ham 2-1. They didn’t manage to get to the next round of the League Cup though after going out to Newcastle on penalties in midweek. That said, some key players were rested and the players that came in did well.

Nottingham Forest currently sit joint bottom of the table and will want to go into the break not there. They managed to beat a tired Tottenham Hotspurs side in midweek in the League Cup but were unlucky to only draw with Brentford last weekend.

Keep reading to see the team news and our Nottingham Forest vs Crystal Palace prediction.

Crystal Palace team news, injuries & more

It seems as though Edouard will reaming out for this fixture with Notts Forest unless Vieira states otherwise in his pre-match press conference. The Frenchman picked up a knock which made him miss the match with West Ham and the game against Newcastle in the Cup.

James McArthur is still out and Vieira will be pleased that he’s got additional time to rest now with the Premier League not back until Boxing Day. Nathan Ferguson is another who will still be working hard to recover in time for the restart then.

Chris Richards is another player that remains out and so he’s missing out on the U.S. men’s World Cup squad. Goalkeeper Jack Butland is still out too with a wrist injury.

Will Hughes played the full match against Newcastle and so did Milivojevic as the Palace manager rested Doucoure. Zaha and Eze were completely rested too so we expect to see them both start against Forest.

Nottingham Forest team news, injuries & more

Former Palace player, Cheikhou Kouyate, is a doubt for the match against The Eagles. He’s looked the same solid player when he’s featured for Forest. Scott McKenna is another player who is a doubt for the home side.

Forest do have some players definitely out of the fixture though including, Biancone, Toffolo, Richards, and Niakhate. Mangala will also miss the match due to being sent off against Tottenham in the League Cup win.

After rumours that Forest could be willing to sell Jesse Lingard in the January transfer window, he managed to score in that match.

Forest vs Palace Prediction

These two sides haven’t played a competitive match against each other since Crystal Palace were last in the Championship back in 2012. Even though Forest are sat in 20th position with 10 points, you can tell Steve Cooper has had a great impact since joining them last season.

We expect the City Ground to be rocking for this game just like it was when they beat Liverpool 1-0 at home a few weeks ago. Both sides will be hungry for a win to go into the break with their heads held high.

That’s why it’s a tricky match to predict. That’s why our Crystal Palace vs Forest prediction is a 1-1 score draw. Palace have come from behind a couple of times already this season and we can see that happening again, but not being able to get fully over the line.

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West Ham vs Crystal Palace Match Preview & Prediction



West Ham & Crystal Palace badges over the London Stadium

Crystal Palace don’t have to travel far this weekend as they face David Moyes’ West Ham at the London Stadium. The Eagles go into the game after winning at home against Southampton last weekend.

West Ham lost 1-0 to Manchester United in their last Premier League fixture, but they did manage to win 3-0 on Thursday night in the Europa Conference League.

Palace go into the match having not won an away match all season and with only two league matches left, Vieira will want that to change!

Keep reading for team news as well as our West Ham vs Crystal Palace prediction.

Crystal Palace team news, injuries & more

The Eagles could be without two of their top players of the season so far, Edouard and Doucoure.

Vieira said in his pre-match press conference that Edouard will be assessed after Saturday’s training session. Doucoure managed to train Friday with the team so he’ll also be assessed on Saturday to see if he can play.

Club captain Milivojevic stepped up against Southampton with a solid performance. Mateta might get his chance to impress too if Edouard isn’t match fit.

Also, Crystal Palace are still without long-term absentees James McArthur and Nathan Ferguson. Chris Richards is also still unavailable which is a shame for him as he’s likely to miss out on the World Cup with the U.S national team.

Will Hughes got some minutes last weekend in the win against Southampton, but he don’t see him starting the match. Olise, Eze, and Zaha all looked lively against The Saints, so we expect them to be up for this rival match with West Ham

West Ham team news, injuries & more

Paqueta could be back in the squad for The Hammers after a month out with a shoulder injury.

Aguerd played his first 90 minutes in the week after being out for more than 3 months. West Ham’s injury list is getting smaller though and Moyes said that we could see the likes of Fabianski, Cornet, and Coelho de Lima return to the squad along with Paqueta.

West Ham’s talisman, Declan Rice, will play centrally along with Soucek so Palace will need to make sure they’re strong in midfield to not allow these two to have too much time on the ball.

West Ham vs Crystal Palace Prediction

Crystal Palace are looking for their first away win in the premier league this season so we’re not confident they can beat London rivals West Ham to do that.

West Ham lost last weekend to Man United but won 3-0 in the week in the Europa conference league.

The London stadium is now somewhat of a fortress for the Hammers after a few years of not-great results at home after the switch from Upton Park.

We’re going for a 2-1 win for West Ham, but we think it’ll be a close one. Hopefully, the Thursday night match away in Romania has made the West Ham players a bit fatigued so Palace might get something from the game.

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Crystal Palace vs Southampton Match Preview & Prediction



Crystal Palace and Southampton Logos over Selhurst Park

After a disappointing 3-0 defeat against Everton away last weekend, The Eagles are going to have to hope their decent home form can continue against Southampton on Saturday. The Saints managed to draw with league leaders Arsenal 1-1 in their last match and with only one point separating them from Palace they’ll be hungry to get the win.

We expect it to be a physical match as Southampton showed they’re capable of against Arsenal. As featured in The Athletic, Palace have been lacking “some snarl” and if Southampton come to Selhurst Park and manage to bully The Eagles, we could see it not being a great result for Palace.

Keep reading for a look at the team news for both sides as well as our Crystal Palace vs Southampton prediction.

Crystal Palace team news, injuries & more

We’ll start the Crystal Palace team news by saying that it will be good to have Doucoure back after his one-match suspension for getting five yellow cards. He was missed a lot in the match with Everton, especially without McArthur’s absence. The Scot is unlikely to be available for this match with The Saints still.

Nathan Ferguson and Nathaniel Clyne are definitely not going to be fit and it’s unclear when they’re likely to be back in contention. Chris Richards is another Palace player out with it not clear when he’ll be returning to the squad.

Will Hughes didn’t come off the bench against Everton after missing two games with an illness before that match. We doubt Vieira will start Milivojevic on Saturday as Doucoure will slot back into that defensive midfield role.

Southampton team news, injuries & more

Southampton still have the same long-term absentees that won’t be available until after the World Cup. These are Kyle Walker-Peters and Valentino Livramento. It’s a shame for Walker-Peters as he’d been called up with England and could’ve been a good backup option in case any right-backs get injured from now until the start of the tournament.

Two more players that are a doubt for the match with Crystal Palace are Armel Bella-Kotchap and Romeo Lavia. Other than that, Southampton have a full squad. Ainsley Maitland-Niles will also be able to return to the team after not being able to face his parent club, Arsenal, last weekend.

We expect to see a lively affair, as always, between Southampton captain James Ward-Prowse and Wilfried Zaha.

Crystal Palace vs Southampton Prediction

Crystal Palace host Southampton on Saturday afternoon for what will be a tight match, we believe. The last three matches between these two teams have seen no clean sheets so we’re expecting goals!

Palace will be wanting to bounce back after the embarrassing 3-0 defeat to Everton last weekend. Whereas, Southampton’s confidence will be high after causing Arsenal trouble last weekend to get a 1-1 draw.

Our Crystal Palace vs Southampton prediction is 2-2. We can see an early goal for the away team with The Eagles fighting for a comeback later on in the match. We’ve been wrong before though! We will be looking at the over cards markets to see if the odds are enticing.

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