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The new Premier League season is set to kick off officially on Friday, August 5, with Arsenal against Crystal Palace. Soccer expert and handicapper Alex Campean breaks down the opening match of the 2022 EPL season.

Crystal Palace vs. Arsenal Predictions and Picks: Can We Expect Goals in This EPL Opening Match?

The new Premier League season is set to kick off officially on Friday, August 5, with Arsenal determined to earn their first three points of their domestic campaign away against Crystal Palace. Let's dive into my prediction, pick, and odds for Crystal Palace vs Arsenal game.

Crystal Palace vs. Arsenal Start Time, Where To Watch, and Odds

  • When: Friday, August 5, 2022
  • Time: 3:00 p.m. EDT
  • Where: Selhurst Park Stadium, London, England
  • How To Watch: USA Network, NBC Universo

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Crystal Palace Breakdown

Crystal Palace surprised everybody last season. Patrick Vieira impressively changed Palace’s style in his first season in charge with the Eagles finishing 12th in the standings with a positive goal difference. Expectations have been raised for Palace's 2022/23 season and they managed to keep their spine adding some extra quality. They signed Cheick Doucoure from Lens and Chris Richards from Bayern Munich, two young and super talented players.

Securing Wilfried Zaha’s services with less than 12 months of his contract now remaining will definitely be the club’s main priority as the Ivory Coast international remains their best player. Zaha's impressive form as the leader of this team went under the radar last season and he will be eager to once again bring his A game in every match in case he stays at the club.

Crystal Palace is a tough nut to crack on their day and has troubled Arsenal on several occasions in the recent past. They enter this game after back-to-back wins over Queens Park Rangers and Montpellier in friendly fixtures, with their only two defeats in the pre-season campaign being against Liverpool and Montpellier. They managed to stay unbeaten in their last eight competitive home clashes across all competitions, keeping six clean sheets in the process.

The Eagles may be without the likes of Jack Butland, James McArthur, Sam Johnstone, and Michael Olise for this game due to injuries. McArthur's absence means that young Doucoure has a chance of earning a first competitive start for Palace. Jordan Ayew, Wilfried Zaha, and Odsonne Edouard started against Montpellier and are expected to lead the attacking line.

Arsenal Breakdown

There may be many flaws with Arsenal but its fans are certainly not one of them. The Gunners have one of the more passionate groups of supporters in all of England and they really deserve more. Let’s not even talk about last season, because Arsenal failed to finish in the top four, and let’s focus on what’s new.

They have been in excellent form under Mikel Arteta and were virtually unstoppable on their pre-season tour. They are a much-improved side from last year, and that will definitely show over the course of the Premier League season. However, we still can’t trust them. We must wait and what them in action for at least three-four rounds before backing them. Even their manager has urged the fans not to get carried away with the results from the pre-season campaign.

Gabriel Jesus to Arsenal? That has the early signs of being great. He arrives off the back of a decent end to the previous campaign having great Premier League experience. He will surely score many goals and make the fans happy. He already netted six goals in the pre-season campaign we are seriously thinking to back him on Friday.

Crystal Palace vs Arsenal Prediction

Palace will take major confidence from their mutual encounters against Arsenal in the last term. They managed to earn four points beating the Gunners 3-0 on home soil and keeping them to a 2-2 draw on the road. Games between the two sides always produce goals.

We’re not certain Arsenal is going to lose but we also aren’t sure we should back Arsenal on Matchday 1. That’s why we will skip the ML and go with goals as we expect an entertaining match between two attacking teams. On top of that, we are taking Gabriel Jesus to find the back of the net.

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Alex Campean has been a soccer fan since 1990 when he watched the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. He knows everything about the top 5 European leagues, Champions League and Europa League and he is well known for his “trade-mark” “Alex Classic” bet (both teams to score and over 2.5 goals in the match). He’s very disciplined, follows a strict set of rules, and has great bankroll management. He’s our European soccer specialist and he's having an average of 55 units of profit in the last 7 years with his soccer picks. He’s all about positive energy, respect, and long-term profit and if you ever hear “Alex’s last-minute goal” that means he did it again winning a bet in the last minute of the game, so never lose hope.


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