Chelsea v Crystal Palace Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 04/11/18
Marcello Cossali-Francis (@marcello95cf) previews Chelsea vs Crystal Palace and provides us with his best bets for Sunday’s Premier League lunch-time kick-off by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
Chelsea v Palace Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 04/11/18
- Time: 16:00
- Venue: Stamford Bridge
Chelsea will be looking to continue their unbeaten start to the season, as they host a struggling Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge this Sunday afternoon.
Palace ended their three-match losing streak last weekend, as they twice came from behind to take a point from the in-form Arsenal at Selhurst Park. Roy Hodgson’s men have picked up just two wins so far this season and are a side struggling for goals and come up against a tough defensive Chelsea side this weekend, in a fixture they have had plenty of success against in recent times.
Palace have won two of the last three games against the Blues and only once has this game been settled by more than a one-goal margin. Palace have always proven a difficult team to beat at home but have struggled on the road in recent years, with just six wins in their last 25 away from Selhurst Park.
Having said that, Palace have actually scored in 13 of their last 15 away games and with the likes of Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend, they have pace and trickery on the counter attack.
Chelsea are yet to lose a game in any competition this season and have lost just four games at the Bridge in the last two seasons in all competitions. They have shipped just seven league goals so far and look like a side that will be competing for the title and with Hazard returning to the side, it is difficult to back anything other than a Chelsea win.
Chelsea are clear favourites for the win at 3/10, with Palace out at 12/1 and the draw being priced at around 5/1. The angle here is in the correct score market, with 2-1 being the score in this fixture in six of the last 10 matches. Chelsea should have enough to seal the three points and this score definitely looks a good shout.
Eden Hazard has missed the last three Chelsea games but is expected to be fit enough to start here this weekend. Olivier Giroud is still missing for the home side, so Alvaro Morata will keep his place. Ross Barkley will also start, keeping Mateo Kovacic out again.
Christian Benteke, Joel Ward and Scott Dann are out long-term for Palace, who will also be without Connor Wickham. James McArthur, Wilfried Zaha and Cheikhou Kouyate are all expected to be fit enough to play.
Potential Chelsea Starting XI: Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Barkley; Willian, Morata, Hazard
Potential Crystal Palace Starting XI: Hennessey; Wan-Bissaka, Tomkins, Sakho, Aanholt; Townsend, Kouyate, Milivojevic, McArthur; Ayew, Zaha
Over the last ten meetings between these two, the scores currently read 6-4 in Chelsea’s favour. Palace have won two of the last three games against Chelsea, both times by a 2-1 scoreline.
Key Stats & Facts
- Chelsea have scored at least two goals in eight of their last 10 matches in the league.
- This fixture has seen over 2.5 goals in five of the last six meetings in all competitions.
- Crystal palace are without a win in their last five league games.
- Chelsea – 3/10
- Draw – 23/4
- Crystal Palace – 12/1
Chelsea are on a real roll at the minute, in all competitions, and should be able to secure another three points here.
Even when The Blues have struggled this season, they have had Hazard to dig them out of trouble and, after a few games rest, he should be raring to go here.
Palace don’t leak loads of goals and are quite solid defensively, so Chelsea will have to work for it on Sunday but I fancy them to get the job done in the end in a tight affair.