Arsenal will try to retain momentum for their mission when they visit Selhurst Park on Monday to face Crystal Palace in an English Premier League London derby. The Gunners are off to another strong start, following a Community Shield victory over Manchester City by beating Nottingham Forest in their EPL opener. Arsenal were atop the Premier League table most of last season, but Man City surpassed them to win another league title.
Oleksandr Zinchenko could return for Arsenal tonight as they make the short journey over to Crystal Palace to round off the Premier League weeekend.
Zinchenko missed last weekend’s 2-1 win over Nottingham Forest due to a calf issue and his comeback would be a timely boost for Mikel Arteta, who has confirmed that Jurrien Timber is likely to miss the entire season after suffering a serious knee injury.
New signing Timber started at left-back on his top-flight debut against Forest, with Thomas Partey operating from the right.
Arteta said: “Alex [Zinchenko] is doing very well, he’s been training with us and hopefully we’re going to have him available very, very soon.”
Asked whether Timber’s injury is an opportunity for Kieran Tierney, Arteta said: “It’s an opportunity for everybody. We’re going to need everybody, and everybody is going to be important.
“The numbers that we have in the squad, especially in those positions are more limited now, so everybody has to be ready.”
On whether Tierney is still part of his plans, he added: “Well, he played the [Community Shield], no? So, a player that played five days before in the final is part of the plans, for sure.”
Aaron Ramsdale is expected to keep his place in goal despite the arrival this week of David Raya.
Predicted Arsenal XI (4-3-3): Ramsdale; Partey, White, Saliba, Zinchenko; Odegaard, Rice, Havertz; Saka, Nketiah, Martinelli
Injured: Gabriel Jesus, Timber, Balogun, Elneny, Lokonga
Doubts: Zinchenko, Nelson
The match in London is set for 8 p.m. Arsenal are the -175 favorites (risk $175 to win $100), with Palace priced as +500 underdogs, in the latest Crystal Palace vs. Arsenal odds. A draw is priced at +285 and the over/under for total goals scored is 2.5. Before locking in any Arsenal vs. Crystal Palace picks, make sure you check out the EPL predictions and betting advice from proven SportsLine soccer insider Martin Green.
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Venue: Selhurst Park