Crystal Palace vs. Arsenal – English Premier League, May 19, 2021

| May 18, 2021 10:46 am PDT

Roy Hodgson will manage his last game at Selhurst Park on Wednesday as Crystal Palace faces Arsenal, who still has an outside chance of qualifying for Europe.

The Palace boss has announced that he will retire at the end of the season, and that could inspire his players to raise their game this week.

Crystal Palace vs. Arsenal Odds

Crystal Palace to Win+535
The Draw+333
Arsenal to Win-183

It makes sense that BetOnline has made Arsenal the favorite to win this one, but I would not have the prices so far apart.

I also feel as though the Gunners might have some trouble breaking down this Palace side. So the odds for the draw or even the home win look good to me.

Crystal Palace vs. Arsenal Match Preview

It looked as though it would be another defeat for Palace at halftime of its game against Aston Villa at the weekend. But a much-improved second-half performance saw the Eagles score two unanswered goals that gave Roy Hodgson three more points towards a mid-table finish.

Palace has struggled this season – at both ends of the pitch. It would have been heartening for Hodgson to see his players fight their way back into the game and score the goals it needed to win. Even Christian Benteke continued his goal-scoring streak, and he could give the Arsenal defense some trouble on Wednesday as well.

The Gunners still have a slight chance of finishing in the top seven this season and qualifying Europe.

After the way the club has played at times this season, that would be a huge achievement. Mikel Arteta has struggled to get his flair players to perform throughout the campaign. He might find it hard to attract players to the club without the promise of continental competition.

But his Arsenal team is now on a three-game winning streak and beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last time out. It has also had a longer rest after not playing at the weekend, so it might be able to stretch the home side on Wednesday. With players like Aubameyang, Saka, and Pepe, there is definitely enough quality in the squad to do that.

My Crystal Palace vs. Arsenal Pick

  • The Draw

Arsenal does have two relatively straightforward fixtures left to win the points to make the European cut, but I don’t think that the clubs above will drop enough for the Gunners to benefit anyway.

Palace will also be keen to see out the season in style – and that’s why I think this one could end up being an entertaining draw.
Dan Roberts
Dan Roberts

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