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After winning at Wembley last week, Arsene Wenger's side should be in confident mood ahead of this weekend's clash and our tipster expects the hosts to enjoy an emphatic win here

Arsenal ran out 3-0 winners against Manchester City in last weekend’s Community Shield and Arsene Wenger’s side will be hoping for an equally impressive start to their Premier League campaign.

The Gunners slumped to a dismal 3-1 defeat at the hands of Aston Villa on the opening day of last season and will be desperate to avoid a similar fate when they line up against Crystal Palace in north London this weekend.

Arsenal are warm favourites to get off to winning ways this term, with Paddy Power offering just 3/10 (1.30) for a home win this weekend. The same firm offer a chunky 9/1 (10.0) on the underdogs upsetting the hosts. The draw can be backed at 4/1 (5.0) with Paddy Power ahead of Saturday’s big kick-off.

The north Londoners were hugely impressive in disposing of Manchester City last weekend and, should they repeat that performance here, there would certainly be value in backing Arsenal (-1) at 5/6 (1.83) in Paddy Power’s handicap market, while the same firm offer the same 5/6 (1.83) quote for the Gunners to lead at both half-time and full-time.

Palace defied the doubters time and time again last season under Tony Pulis but after parting company with their manager just days before the campaign got underway it seems unlikely that the visiting side are capable of taking something from the game. As a result punters may well not be overly enticed by the 5/2 (3.50) quote from Paddy Power for the Eagles in the double chance market this weekend.

The Gunners, though, can be expected to come out of the traps quickly on Saturday and, with that in mind, the 8/5 (2.60) quote from Paddy Power for Arsenal to break the deadlock inside the opening 24 minutes carries plenty of appeal.

Better value, though, may lie in backing Arsenal to win both halves – as they did against Manchester City at Wembley last Sunday – at a supremely generous 15/8 (2.88) with Paddy Power and it is this price that is the recommended play for punters this weekend.

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