Managerless Crystal Palace head to Premier League leaders Arsenal on Sunday. James Cantrill preview’s the game picking out two best bets.
Kick-off time: 17:30 GMT, Saturday
TV channel: Sky Sports Main Event
The visitors have a plethora of exciting offensive players.
Cheick Doucoure anchors and the attack could potentially feature Wilfied Zaha, Micheal Olise, Eberechi Eze, Jordan Ayew, Jeffrey Schlupp or Odsonne Edouard.
Drawing 12.7 fouls per game, the Eagles top the Premier League charts for fouls drawn.
Zaha is the most fouled player in the league, drawing an average of three per game, the seventh player on that list is Jordan Ayew (2.2). Olise (1.6) and Eze (1.3) also make the top 40.
Their opposition consistently rack up the fouls against them, particularly in central zones.
Domestically, of the 63 central midfielders to face Palace, 52% of them have committed at least two fouls.
One of those players was THOMAS PARTEY on opening day and I will be backing him to repeat the feat and COMMIT 2+ FOULS here.
Sticking along similar lines, THOMAS PARTEY’s price TO BE SHOWN A CARD also appeals.
A staggering 19 midfielders have been booked against Palace this season, which includes seven in their last seven league games.
Partey only has two cards to his name this campaign, over his previous two in the Premier League he accumulated 11 though giving him a cards per 90 average of 0.26.
Stewart Attwell has the whistle for this one, a man who has brandished 3.67 cards per 90 this season.
All things considered, the five to one about a booking looks worth taking on.
Arsenal v Crystal Palace best bets and score prediction
- 1pt Thomas Partey 2+ fouls at 6/4 (Betfair Sportsbook, Paddy Power)
- 1pt Thomas Partey to be shown a card at 4/1 (bet365)
Score prediction: Arsenal 3-0 Crystal Palace (Sky Bet odds: 6/1)
Odds correct at 1430 GMT (17/03/23)
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