Arsenal: Szczesny; Debuchy, Chambers, Koscielny, Gibbs; Ramsey, Arteta; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Sánchez; Sanogo.
Szczesny will start between the sticks despite pressure from new Colombian keeper David Ospina, who is two or three weeks away from full fitness. Germany trio Per Mertesacker, Mesut Ozil and Lukas Podolski have been ruled out until next weekend. After an impressive pre-season, Yaya Sanogo may be handed a start over Olivier Giroud up front.
Crystal Palace: Speroni; Mariappa, Dann, Hangeland, Ward; Puncheon, Jedinak, Ledley, Bolasie; Chamakh, Campbell.
Brede Hangeland and Frazier Campbell could be handed debuts for managerless Crystal Palace on Saturday evening. The core of the team remains the same, with captain Mile Jedinak expected to lead out his side. Yannick Bolasie and Jason Puncheon will hope to provide an attacking threat from the wings.
Arsenal v Crystal Palace preview:
Arsenal are considered strong favourites as they welcome a rather fractured Crystal Palace side to the Emirates. Big summer signings Alexis Sanchez and Calum Chambers look set to be handed debuts by Arsene Wenger. Crystal Palace’s pre-match preparations would’ve taken a huge blow, with manager Tony Pulis leaving by mutual consent on Thursday night, less than 48 hours before the first game of the season. Pulis turned a doomed Palace side into a strong unit last season, achieving a very impressive mid-table finish. It’s unclear who will take charge this weekend but they will have a huge task trying to continue Pulis’s work. Arsenal begin the season with sky-high confidence after effortlessly beating Manchester City 3-0 in the Community Shield final last weekend.
101GG predicts: Arsenal 3 – Crystal Palace 0.
Some essential facts and stats to help with online betting on Arsenal v Crystal Palace:
Arsenal have won each of the last three meetings between the two sides.
Crystal Palace have only once beaten Arsenal in the Premier League, winning 2-1 at Highbury in 2004.
Arsenal recorded a shock home loss on the opening day of last season, losing 3-1 to Aston Villa.
Crystal Palace lost 9 of their opening 10 Premier League games last season.