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Crystal Palace vs. Arsenal score: Live updates as Premier League season kicks off at Selhurst Park

The Premier League is back and we’re kicking off with Arsenal traveling for the second year running. It will be a London derby with some history as they head to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace. Mikel Arteta will get his first real action of new signings Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko after a strong preseason while Patrick Vieira will hope that a split preseason doesn’t make his squad too easy to play through. 

Arteta will also be looking forward to the performance of William Saliba after his performance on loan at Marseille last season. You can check out a full preview of Arsenal here. it should be a close encounter and while Arsenal has the upper hand, Palace’s home support could certainly push them to get a result.

Stay tuned as CBS Sports provides wire to wire coverage.


How to watch and odds

  • Date: Friday, August 5 | Time: 3 p.m. ET
  • Location: Selhurst Park — London, England
  • TV: USA  | Live stream: fuboTV (Try for free)
  • Odds: Crystal Palace +340; Draw +260; Arsenal -121 (via Caesars Sportsbook) 

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INSURANCE! A moment of magic from Bukayo Saka! 2-0 Arsenal

It took a big deflection off of Marc Guehi so will likely go down as an own goal but you can’t score if you don’t try and Saka is certainly inventive. 


Ayew on the dribble, can’t beat Gabriel in the box

The ball made it out to Zaha but neither Mateta or Ayew could get enough on it to turn the ball toward the goal. Fresh legs are coming for Arsenal as the new recruits exit for Eddie Nketiah and Kieran Tierney. 


Mateta tumbles but it’s a free kick for Arsenal

Arsenal are regaining control as Crystal Palace are being forced into shots from bad areas and some of that is because of the strong performances of Gabriel and William Saliba in the center of defense. Arsenal have yet to make a change but one could be coming to get fresh legs on the pitch.


The game is getting tight

Both sides are putting extra effort into their challenges and we may see a red card before another goal. Arsenal still seem like the more dangerous team but with Ben White on a yellow card, Wilfred Zaha has gotten too much space this half.


A chaotic corner doesn’t lead to anything for Palace

It’s a back and forth game but Crystal Palace look more confident about taking their chances. Martin Odegaard had a chance in the box but instead of shooting he passed and the chance was lost. When Palace get the ball in the box they at least know what they want to do with it creating trouble for Arsenal who now have two players on yellow cards.


Patrick Vieira makes the first change

It’s Jean-Philippe Mateta to come in for Odsonne Édouard. Édouard had a positive shift taking three shots putting one on target that forced an excellent save out of Ramsdale.


Mitchell concedes a free kick in a dangerous area

Odegaard takes but it doesn’t come close to troubling Guaita. Things are evening up between the two sides after a strong opening 30 minutes from Arsenal.


Ramsdale is there again!

Eze was free in on goal and the Arsenal keeper held strong. It’s concerning that Crystal Palace are beating Arsenal over the top easily in the second half. The gunners need a second goal so that they can pack things in deep because Palace are growing in confidence by the minute.


Back underway for the second half

Andersen is continuing to cause issues with his distribution by playing long balls over the defense. Crystal Palace already earned a corner from it less than two minutes into the second half. The tinkers are coming.


At the Half, Arsenal lead by one but they’ll need to be wary

Stop me if you’ve heard this before but Arsenal dominated play and only lead by one goal. It was a fortunate one as well when Crystal palace didn’t track ZInchenko on a corner giving him an open header to Martinelli. But despite the Gunners taking five shots, and putting two on target, Martinelli’s miss earlier in the match could make things a lot more comfortable. After taking 30 minutes to get their first shot off, Palace have grown into the match with Eze and Edouard in particular causing Arsenal problems. In a clash of two good managers, I wouldn’t be surprised if there are tweaks at the half.


Anthony Taylor is letting them play

Xhaka goes down after minimal contact from Anderson and is yellow carded for the flop. Considering how Xhaka plays, that could loom large later.


Ramsdale is forced into a good save

Andersen played a ball across the face of the net and Ramsdale was ready for Edouard’s header. Crystal Palace are doing a little better running the game through Eze but they need to get a little more help somehow.


These attacks are relentless

Arsenal constantly have four players in the box troubling Palace. All things considered, the Eagles are defending pretty well but this is an Arsenal team that can create at will if they aren’t pressed. Will changes come or will Vieira play it safe considering that if Crystal Palace does press that it could be easier to play through them? 


Saka’s help defense prevents a good chance

Ben White was overmatched by Zaha but Arsenal slowed the play down just enough for Saka’s wing back instincts to kick in and clean things up. Now they’re back on the attack but Palace are much more organized defensively lately.


A little better for Crystal Palace

After good play from Docoure and Eze, Crystal Palace got a shot off but it ended up in a goal kick. They’ll take a little more of that as it was their first shot of the game almost 30 minutes in. A suffocating performance from Arsenal so far.


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Zinchenko has been the best player on the pitch

While his assist was too easy, Zinchenko is emulating his former teammate Joao Cancelo from the left. He has the most touches for Arsenal, put a shot on target, and now has his assist. Always a strong player going forward, if he’s truly freed from his defensive duties now, Arsenal could steamroll some teams.


And that’s the first goal of the season! 1-0 Arsenal

Zinchenko to Martinelli for the finish. It’s one from the training ground as Zinchenko was able to run onto Saka’s corner and head it to Martinelli for the finish. 


Zinchenko tests Guaita now 

Arteta wanted free flowing soccer and he’s surely getting that. Zinchenko and Thomas Partey both got shots off as Arsenal are already pushing about 60% of the possession. Will they be able to keep up this pace? One thing in their advantage is that Arteta can make five substitutes if needed.


Oh no Martinelli!

So close to an Arsenal opener as Gabriel Jesus played the ball into the box but Martinelli pushed his shot just wide. So far it’s all Arsenal as Crystal Palace can’t get a foot on the ball.


Time for Ben White at Right Back

One of the interesting quirks that Mikel Arteta has setup to make the team tick with Zinchenko is moving Ben White to right back so that there are strong defenders back when the team goes forward. He’ll likely be targeted by Crystal Palace so it’ll be a matchup to keep an eye on.


The season is almost here!

Only five minutes until kickoff!


There has also been a bit of transfer news dropping with Christian Benteke heading to D.C. United

Crystal Palace are kicking off the Premier League season on Friday, but a familiar face won’t be at Selhurst Park as Christian Benteke is heading to D.C. United. The deal went down to the wire but was agreed to before the MLS transfer window slammed shut on Thursday but Benteke will be heading to MLS to hopefully reinvent D.C. United.


Crystal Palace sport one of my breakout players to watch this season in Eberechi Eze

One of the most exciting players in the Championship when he was signed from QPR, Eze hasn’t been able to replicate his strong first season with the Eagles where he scored four goals and assisted six more. After missing significant time due to an Achilles injury, he’s back with a full pre-season under his belt and the number ten shirt showing that he has also earned Patrick Vieira’s trust. With Conor Gallagher back at Chelsea, Eze will shoulder the responsibility of being the creative focus of the Palace attack which could see him easily clear double digits in combined goals and assists this season. Vieira is building something special in South London and Eze’s performances will be at the center of making it work this season. 

Check out the rest of the Premier League superlatives here


Chris Richards will have to settle for a place on the bench today

Starters: Guiata, Clyne, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell, Schlupp, Doucoure, Ayew, Eze, Zaha, Edouard

Reserves: Ward, Milivojevic, Mateta, Hughes, Johnstone, Ebiowei, Riedewald, Plange


No surprises in Arsenal’s lineup

Starters: Ramsdale, Gabriel, Saliba, White, Zinchenko, Xhaka, Partey, Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli, Jesus

Reserves: Tierney, Nketiah, Holding, Soares, Pepe, Lokonga, Nelson, Elneny, Turner


Can Crystal Palace overcome a tough preseason?

Thanks to tours of Australia and Singapore, Crystal Palace had the unique challenge of needing to have split squads during preseason which didn’t give Vieira the best chance to work on all of the players together. Some of the players didn’t meet the entry requirements of each country but they’re all together now as he also looks to integrate new signing Chris Richards into the side. Most of the squad will be available but Michael Olise, Sam Johnstone, Jack Butland, and James McArthur will be unavailable for the match.


Hello and Welcome!

The Premier League season is back and we couldn’t be more excited. Chris Richards and Crystal Palace will be hosting Arsenal in a London derby to kick off the season. Even without Conor Gallagher roaming the midfield, Crystal Palace will look to hold their own against Arsenal using the energy of their home support to their advantage.

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