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Two-goal gifting Palace to push Arsenal back on the title rails

| 15.08.2015

Up to their elbows in a relegation battle, Arsenal travel across the nation’s capital to face Crystal Palace looking to prevent a second London derby loss in a week.

Despite their 2-0 humbling at home to West Ham on the opening weekend, the Gunners assume clear favouritism at Selhurst Park, priced at 8/11 to prevail next to the 4/1 unfancied hosts and 11/4-rated draw.

With Arsene Wenger’s men languishing in the bottom three, Palace are chasing top spot after their 3-1 shellacking of Norwich on day one.

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The Eagles devoured a freshly-promoted Canaries outfit who many suspect will finish the current campaign in last place and, what’s more, they did so on the road.

Last season saw Alan Pardew’s troops record much better results on their travels; they’ve lost just twice in 2015 outside of their Selhurst stronghold, going down 1-0 at Southampton and Chelsea.

A goalless draw with Aston Villa apart, they won every other sojourn embarked upon.

Their home ledger is starkly contrasted, with just four victories from 11 in front of the faithful since the turn of the year.

Those to claim the spoils at this venue include West Brom, Hull and next adversaries Arsenal.

The Gunners are one of five visitors from nine to have scored exactly two goals when plundering the points at Palace and a repeat of the response mustered the last time they were beaten at home on the opening weekend will give them a great chance of doing so again.

After falling 3-1 to Aston Villa in their 2013/14 season-starter, Arsenal faced Fulham on the road in the next league game, winning that 3-1, before toppling Tottenham 1-0.

These were two wins in a run of eight from ten following the surprise Villa set back.

A price of 8/11 says the visitors rebound from their West Ham reverse by scoring over 1.5 goals in the match, a bet that would’ve landed in each of the previous five meetings between the two.

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Alex Fortune