Crystal Palace v Arsenal odds : Back the Gunners to bounce back from Champions League defeat
Managerless Crystal Palace will aim to end a turbulent week with only their second win of the season.
The Eagles parted company with manager Ian Holloway earlier in the week following their 4-1 defeat to Fulham and they face leaders Arsenal in the early kick off on Saturday hoping to get their season on track.
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Tony Pulis is the leading contender for the role at present but caretaker Keith Millen will take charge of the game with the Londoners at the weekend and the Palace fan has admitted he will not be putting his name in the hat for the job.
“The type of manager the club needs isn’t me at the moment. I love working for the club and it is the club I support. I will do my duties like the chairman has asked me to until the chairman tells me differently.
“I was brought up supporting Crystal Palace so it hurts that we have not been able to get more results so at the end of the day that isn’t good enough.
Millen will however be tasked with ending a run of five defeats in a row and the former Bristol City manager will have an almost full strength squad to choose from with only Glenn Murray (knee), Jack Hunt and Jonathan Williams (both ankle) all long-term absentees unavailable. Skipper Paddy McCarthy will hope to be on the bench after his return from long term injury.
Arsenal meanwhile will be bidding to bounce back from their Champions League defeat to Borussia Dortmund at Selhurst Park.
The Gunners lost to a late goal from Robert Lewandowski midweek with the 2-1 defeat their first loss since the opening day of the season.
Arsene Wenger’s side will fancy their chances of bouncing back against the league’s basement boys having won 11 and drawn 2 of their last 13 away games not to mention picking up 19 points from their last 7 league games.
Arsenal will give a late check to Jack Wilshere after he aggravated his ankle in the defeat to Dortmund while Mathieu Flamini should be back in contention having been rested in midweek after suffering mild concussion against Norwich.
Long term absentee’s Lukas Podolski (hamstring), Yana Sanogo (back), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott (pelvis) and Abou Diaby (both knee) all remain sidelined