Crystal Palace vs Arsenal, Friday 8pm, live on Sky Sports

PL Predictions: Nothing for Arsenal on the box as Palace take it all

Premier League predictions: Jones Knows sees Arsenal taking nothing as Crystal Palace take it all on Friday Night Football
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Crystal Palace negativity is only for the neutrals after Vieira appointment

Our tipster Jones Knows is suitably refreshed and back in the prediction chair. He is beginning with a bang as he thinks Crystal Palace will beat Arsenal on FNF.

Crystal Palace vs Arsenal, Friday 8pm, live on Sky Sports
Selhurst Park under the lights on a Friday night. Glad All Over. The great old ground will be rocking.

Despite their impressive pre-season work, I’m very doubtful on whether Arsenal can run through this massive gauntlet and come out with maximum points. Palace only suffered defeat in four Premier League home games last season – only Chelsea (3), Man City (2) and Liverpool (0) lost fewer. And, Patrick Vieira’s team took 14 points off the ‘big six’ last season, including beating Arsenal 3-0 at Selhurst Park in convincing fashion and drawing 2-2 at The Emirates.

It makes the 4/5 with Sky Bet for an away win look very easy to oppose and a home win worth chancing at 100/30, especially when you factor in Arsenal lost at places like Everton, Southampton, Nottingham Forest, Brentford and Palace last season.

Another price that makes perfect sense to take seriously is the 6/1 on Ben White picking up a card. We look to have a classic case of a positional change that hasn’t yet been factored into the market as White, usually a centre-back, looks set to deputise for Takehiro Tomiyasu at full-back with William Saliba partnering Gabriel in the heart of the defence. White is therefore set for a showdown with card-drawing king Wilfried Zaha down the channel.

No player drew more yellow cards than Zaha last season (14) while if you stretch the data out to the last five years, the Palace forward has been responsible for winning 87 yellow cards for fouls against him – the next in that list is Richarlison with 78.

The Arsenal edition of ‘All or Nothing’ came out on the eve of the season. In south London, they may well get the latter.

Fulham vs Liverpool, Saturday 12.30pm
They go again. With such little change, barring a slight revamp of their forward line, there is absolute confidence that Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool will be out to steamroll opponents from the first whistle yet again. This is a team that scored 147 goals across all competitions last season, including 94 in the Premier League where they are unbeaten in their last 19 games, winning 16.

I’m intrigued to see how Fulham fare with Marco Silva rightly back at the top table of English football, but easier challenges will lie ahead.

The price is a little skinny for me to officially back, but those that like playing the short ones should take full advantage of the 10/11 with Sky Bet for Mohamed Salah to score in the match and the boost of Evens for him to have a shot on target (£10 maximum).

Despite Liverpool’s rampant run of results, the Egyptian’s form went off the boil towards the end of the campaign but a prolonged rest and signing a new contract on July 1 seems to have lit the fire under Salah again judging by his performances in pre-season. He ripped Manchester City apart in the Community Shield, reminding everyone just why he landed the PFA and FWA Player of the Year awards last season.

Bournemouth vs Aston Villa, Saturday 3pm
Jumping to firm conclusions at this stage of the season isn’t a wise betting tactic but I’d be flabbergasted if Bournemouth overperform on their season expectations from the markets, where they are odds-on to go down.

They only just scraped over the line last season in the Sky Bet Championship with a lack of attacking quality a real worry for their prospects as they make the step back into the big time.

Against, technically, the team that is most likely to finish bottom this season, Aston Villa’s attacking players are worth a second look in the goalscorer markets in a match they are taken to win quite cosily. The one that stands out is Leon Bailey at 4/1 in the anytime market although I’d want to see him consistently perform at this level before investing myself, despite his impressive pre-season.

Bailey had a stop-start season following his £30m move from Leverkusen – the good, the bad and the injuries – but a promising pre-season has many Villa fans believing this is his restart season. It’s often either 9/10 or 5/10 from the Jamaican, but he tore Manchester United apart in Perth during pre-season. Steven Gerrard isn’t short of options but it seems Bailey’s form has catapulted him to a starting spot.

A difficult season could be on the cards for Wolves. They perplexed many with their defiance of the key metrics throughout last season, posting strong numbers early on when losing matches, then those figures fell through the floor when results started to pick up. By the end of the campaign, they were pretty tedious to watch with no real obvious game plan leading to just one win in their last nine when a European finish was within their grasp.

Morgan Gibbs-White is an exciting prospect but whether he’ll produce the same level as when on loan in the Championship is debatable, and Pedro Neto could have the world at his feet if he recaptures his form and fitness. Too many ifs, though.

Leeds, meanwhile, look a team to sit back and watch for a few weeks before making any sweeping statements after a summer of massive change within their ranks. It could go either way under Jesse Marsch.

This really is a horrible match to try and come to a confident conclusion on. I’m chickening out.

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