MANY people had Crystal Palace relegated when they lost their first seven league games without scoring.
So credit Roy Hodgson for a brilliant recovery and while they are just one point clear of the drop zone the club's looking up and ready to do business in the transfer window.
Palace are now unbeaten in eight matches – their best EPL run – and last weekend's 3-0 defeat of Leicester was a superb showing.
Now they tackle Arsenal at home and I'm not sure I want to back the Gunners at odds on – they are a best 5-6 at McBookie and bet365.
Arsene Wenger's men have been as inconsistent as usual – and their last outing against Liverpool just about summed up their season. Two-nil down, 3-2 up with three goals in five minutes and then conceding again to draw 3-3. At time they were breathtaking and at other times just rubbish.
It was 3-0 to Palace in this fixture last season – their only win in 12 at home to Arsenal – and I'm backing them to avoid defeat at 15-14 with Unibet.
Palace are unbeaten in their last six at Selhurst Park – three wins and three draws – and have scored exactly two goals in each game. They are 15-8 at McBookie to score 2+.
Not sure who Arsenal will play up front but Palace's main man is likely to be Wilfried Zaha who is 11-1 at Sky Bet to score first and 3-1 at Betfred to net.
- Palace not to lose
- Zaha to score