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Arsenal can’t afford to drop any more points

1feb[dropcap]D[/dropcap]elighted with the Sunderland win (as predicted) yesterday to start our February account 20 points to the good and there was never really an anxious moment with the Black Cats 2-0 up after just 23 minutes.

With both Chelsea and Arsenal succumbing to draws in their respective midweek games we’ve reached a pivotal stage of the season where any further slips could handle the title, on a plate, to Man City.

City are not looking like a side likely to taste defeat anytime soon – helped by the fact that they are scoring around four goals for fun in every match.

Crystal Palace at home surely must be considered an absolute must win for the Gunners in Sunday’s 4pm kick off (live on SKY).

Palace are playing better under Tony Pulis and fair play to them for climbing out of the bottom three, but this surely will need a titanic effort from them to get a win, especially as they are struggling to find the back of the net. Palace have scored just five away goals in this season’s Premier League, fewer than any other team.

And their league win in 14 trips to Arsenal (D6, L7) came 20 years ago when John Salako scored twice in a 2-1 victory in October 1994.

(Last 10 only)
Oct 2013 Premier C Palace 0-2 Arsenal
Feb 2005 Premier Arsenal 5-1 C Palace
Nov 2004 Premier C Palace 1-1 Arsenal
Feb 1998 FA Cup C Palace 1-2 Arsenal
Feb 1998 Premier Arsenal 1-0 C Palace
Feb 1998 FA Cup Arsenal 0-0 C Palace
Oct 1997 Premier C Palace 0-0 Arsenal
Feb 1995 Premier C Palace 0-3 Arsenal
Oct 1994 Premier Arsenal 1-2 C Palace
May 1993 Premier Arsenal 3-0 C Palace

Arsenal haven’t conceded a goal on home territory in more than seven and a half hours of football.

Impressive stuff – for a value bet though on Arsenal we have to look at the Star Sports handicap markets and Arsenal (-2) on the draw included handicap.

RECOMMENDED BET (1-10 points)

6 points ARSENAL (-2) (Draw included handicap) at around 7/4 with Star Sports


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