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Premier League: Arsenal F.C. vs Crystal Palace | 6 August, 3 AM (PST) 


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POTENTIAL STARTING LINEUPS: 

ARSENAL: 

G | Aaron Ramsdale 

CB | Gabriel, Ben White 

L FB | Kiernan Tierney 

R FB |  Takehiro Tomiyasu 

C MF | Granit Xhaka, Thomas Partey 

A MF | Martin Odegaard 

W | Emile Smith Rowe, Nicolas Pepe 

CF | Alexandre Lacazette 

 

CRYSTAL PALACE: 

G | Vicente Guaita 

CB | Joel Ward, Marc Guéhi, Joachim Andersen 

L FB | Jeffrey Schlupp 

R FB | Cheick Doucouré 

C MF | Eberechi Eze 

LF | Wilfried Zaha 

RF | Odsonne Édouard 

CF | Jordan Ayew 

 

 

Opening the English Premier League ‘22-’23 this August 6, at none other than Selhurst Park, it’s Crystal Palace F.C. versus Arsenal F.C.  

 

For the season coming, Arsenal will be spending their weekend away from the comforts of home this Saturday night as they pay the Eagles a visit. Being given the honor to kickstart the season, manager Mikel Arteta has high hopes this time around as Arsenal is in a better, more superior position now in comparison to this time last year. The Gunners have also produced a striking preseason in addition to finishing fifth in EPL’s ‘21-’22 season, making fans, analysts, and critics seemingly optimistic about their odds in ‘22-’23. 

 

Crystal Palace, on the other hand, isn’t expected to perform as strongly by comparison. They finished at a decent 12 last season out of 20 teams, but their preparations haven’t been optimal for the upcoming season. A hitch on the road they’ve faced within that period is when ten senior players were barred from traveling to Australia for their tour last month, setting them back. Regardless, this isn’t to say the Eagles will be an easy target for Arsenal this Saturday. Let’s not forget who won their last head-to-head back on April 5; Crystal Palace trampled on the Gunners with a 3-0 finish.  

 

Specifically for Saturday’s match, here’s what we’ve gathered: Arsenal has had excellent preseason training, and the firepower to give the Eagles a hard time, and Crystal Palace will be without Michael Olise which has manager Patrick Vieira bothered to a certain degree. Looking at the bigger picture, Crystal Palace has a well-balanced and optimal roster right now and has enough skill to get the Gunners on their toes. We’ve seen what the Eagles can do as they gave Arsenal a beating last April, but the thing is, lightning doesn’t usually hit the same place twice. Arsenal will fight back this time around, rather harder than before, and we’re afraid Crystal Palace will suffer the first loss of this season. It’s 2-1 in favor of Arsenal.  

 

3 AM (PST), Saturday, 6 August 2022. Selhurst Park, London, UK.  

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