Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson is expecting Arsenal to secure a comfortable victory when they take on Crystal Palace.
The Gunners’ title rivals are not in Premier League action this weekend so Merson believes Mikel Arteta’s side will take full advantage against the Eagles on Sunday:
“I’m going for an Arsenal win all day long – pick a scoreline! I’ve always said this and I firmly believe it matters who plays first in terms of the title race. Manchester City are in the FA Cup, so if Arsenal manage to win this week, they can go eight points clear at the top of the Premier League table. City will have games in hand, but Arsenal need to do whatever they can to put pressure on Pep Guardiola’s side as we enter the business end of the season.”
Merson has gone with a 3-0 win for Arsenal, which is a very confident prediction. Based on the performances of the two teams, though, it’s probably a fair assessment.
Palace are in relegation form at the moment, having not won in any competition since the 2-0 win over Bournemouth on New Year’s Eve. Their main issue has been scoring, and they have been drawing games or losing by the odd goal since the start of January.
It could mean that the match this weekend will be tighter than Merson suggests but, with all things being equal, you would still back the Gunners to come out on top.
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