Arsenal vs. Crystal Palace We anticipate a thrilling battle when Crystal Palace and Arsenal square off in the 2022–23 Premier League opener.
Both sides bolstered their rosters during the summer transfer window and continue to have high-profile players linked to them.
Ahead of the Premier League opener, here are the match preview, prediction and team news.
Crystal Palace vs Arsenal Prediction; Match Preview
Patrick Viera in his first season as Crystal Palace led the Eagles to a 12th-placed finish last season, as well as reaching the semi-finals of the FA Cup.
One of his team-best performances was against Arsenal, the side he captained as a player and won titles.
Patrick Viera’s Crystal Palace secured four points out of a possible six from Arsenal and this match provides him with another opportunity to outclass Mikel Arteta.
Crystal Palace will be going into the match full of confidence after a convincing pre-season.
The Eagles enter this game after back-to-back wins over Queens Park Rangers and Montpellier HSC in friendly battles.
Arsenal might have missed out on the Champions League spot last season but Mikel Arteta will be proud of what his team has achieved.
The Gunners now looks like a well-structured team and the addition of Gabriel Jesus have given them another self belief.
Arsenal enjoyed a good pre-season tour, winning their matches with huge scorelines.
Chelsea fell victim to a 4-0 defeat to their London rivals in Orlando before a six-goal thumping of Sevilla in the Emirates Cup.
For the third season in a row, Arsenal will begin their new campaign with a London derby.
Last season, they lost their opening match to Brentford and Mikel Arteta will be eager to overturn that this season.
Crystal Palace vs Arsenal Prediction: Team News
Crystal Palace are sweating with the fitness of their goalkeepers. New signing Sam Johnstone is nursing a quadriceps injury and Jack Butland is out with a broken hand.
Third-choice goalkeeper, Vicente Guaita will be called upon for the tie against Arsenal.
James McArthur and Michael Olise are expected to miss out with groin and ankle injuries respectively.
Arsenal are also suffering from their own injury problems. Emile Smith Rowe’s groin strain is reportedly set to keep him sidelined.
New signing Fabio Vieira, Kieran Tierney and Takehiro Tomiyasu have also been dealing with minor issues in pre-season.
Ben White could play at right-back, allowing William Saliba to finally make his competitive debut alongside Gabriel Magalhaes in the heart of defence.
Crystal Palace possible starting lineup:
Guaita; Clyne, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell; Schlupp, Doucoure, Eze; Ayew, Edouard, Zaha
Arsenal possible starting lineup:
Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Xhaka, Partey; Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli; Jesus
Crystal Palace vs Arsenal Prediction
Both teams understand what it means to win their first match of the season and this match will be played with high intensity.
However, Arsenal are favourite to win the day as Crystal Palace will have trouble dealing with the pace of Saka, Gabriel Jesus and Martinelli. We are predicting a 2-1 win for Arsenal.
Crystal Palace vs. Arsenal Prediction: Important Stats
Arsenal begin their season away to Crystal Palace, a side they’ve beaten just once across their past eight Premier League meetings (D5, L2).
Overall, Arsenal have only ever lost three of their 24 competitive away matches against Palace (W13, D8), though that includes a 3-0 defeat at Selhurst Park last season.
These two sides have only met on matchday one of a Premier League season once before. That came in 2014, with Arsenal winning 2-1 at Emirates Stadium thanks to goals from Aaron Ramsey and Laurent Koscielny.
When opening a PL campaign on the road, Arsenal’s record stands at W5, D3, L2.