Crystal Palace vs. Arsenal: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

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Crystal Palace vs. Arsenal: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview
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For Arsenal, the Premier League season couldn't be going much better.

Despite being hit by a rash of injuries, the Gunners are currently atop the league table with 19 points and are second top of the league scorers with 18 goals.

For Crystal Palace, things couldn't be much worse. They are currently 19th in the table with just three points, have allowed 17 goals (second-worse record in the league) and parted ways with manager Ian Holloway this week.

Suffice to say, this contest could get out of hand.

 

When: Saturday, October 26 at 7:45 a.m. ET (12:45 p.m. BST)

WhereSelhurst Park, London, England

Watch: NBC Sports Network; NBC Sports Live Extra; BT Sport 1 (UK)

Odds: Arsenal (59.3 percent), Crystal Palace (17.3 percent) and draw (23.4 percent), according to Bloomberg Sports

 

Key Storylines

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The Gunners come into this game after drubbing Norwich City 4-1 behind arguably the goal of the season from Jack Wilshere. If you haven't seen it, enjoy this absolute thing of beauty.

Arsenal have been paced this season by the play of Aaron Ramsey (8.14), Mesut Ozil (8.0) and Olivier Giroud (7.98), currently the three highest-ranked players in WhoScored.com's average match ratings for the Premier League. 

And now that Santi Cazorla is back in action, the Gunners are truly fierce in the attack, even with their top wingers (Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lukas Podolski) all sidelined to injury.

For Crystal Palace, the question remains about where the goals will come from. The team has scored just six in the Premier League (tied for 18th) and only Dwight Gayle (two goals) has gotten on the scoresheet more than once. 

And with Arsenal hoping to erase the sting of a midweek loss to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League, it's not hard to see Palace being overwhelmed in this contest.

 

Prediction

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This game doesn't seem to be a question of whether Arsenal will win but by how many goals they'll win.

Crystal Palace have been outscored 13-2 in their last five league matches and their lone points on the year came in a win over Sunderland, a team that has been historically bad in starting the season.

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Meanwhile, Arsenal have taken 10 points in four away fixtures in the league thus far, and the addition of Ozil appears to have taken them from the realm of a team fighting for a top-four finish to legitimate title contenders.

And this isn't the sort of match that title contenders lose. Arsenal win easily, 3-0.

 

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