Crystal Palace v Chelsea Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 30/12/18

Crystal Palace v Chelsea Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

Chris Millas (@ChrisMMillas) previews Crystal Palace v Chelsea and provides us with his best bets for Sunday’s Premier League clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.

Crystal Palace v Chelsea Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

  • Date: 30/12/18
  • Time: 12:00
  • Venue: Selhurst Park
  • Channel: Sky Sports

Sunday's lunch-time kick-off sees Crystal Palace take on Chelsea as both sides look to end 2018 on a high.

Crystal Palace enter the game in good form and unbeaten in their last 3 matches in the Premier League, which includes impressive victories over Leicester (1-0) and most notably a 2-3 win away to champions Man City.

That result was followed up with a goalless draw at home to Cardiff on Wednesday, despite posting a shot count of 31, so The Eagles will have come away hugely disappointed.

Interestingly, Crystal Palace have kept 7 clean sheets in the Premier League this season – only Liverpool (12), Chelsea (8), Man City (8) and Spurs (8) have recorded more.

7 points currently separates Roy Hodgson's side from the relegation zone ahead of matchday 20.

Chelsea meanwhile will aim to make it 3 consecutive away wins in the Premier League for the first time under Maurizio Sarri.

The Pensioners started the season impressively by putting together a 12-game unbeaten run, but have since lost 3 of their last 7 games with defeats to Tottenham (3-1), Wolves (2-1) and Leicester (0-1).

The loss to Leicester was quickly forgotten about after a 2-1 win away to Watford on Boxing day and Chelsea will be looking for a similar result at Selhurst Park on Sunday.

Team News

Martin Kelly and Wayne Hennessey are both doubts for Crystal Palace. Christian Benteke remains sidelined.

Pedro is out for Chelsea after picking up an injury in mid-week. Andreas Christensen is also unavailable. Callum Hudson-Odoi is a doubt.

Potential Crystal Palace Starting XI: Guaita, Aanholt, Sakho, Tomkins, Wan-Bissaka, Schlupp, Milivojevic, Kouyaté, McArthur, Zaha, Townsend

Potential Chelsea Starting XI: Arrizabalaga, Alonso, Luiz, Rüdiger, Azpilicueta, Barkley, Jorginho, Kanté, Willian, Hazard, Loftus-Cheek

Head To Head

  • Crystal Palace 6
  • Draws 9
  • Chelsea 19

Key Stats & Facts

  • Under 2.5 goals has landed in 8 of Crystal Palace's 9 home games in the Premier League this season.
  • Over 2.5 goals has landed in Chelsea's last 6 away games.
  • Crystal Palace have not won their final league match of a calendar year since 2011.
  • Wilfried Zaha has failed to score in his last 12 Premier League appearances.
  • Crystal Palace have won just 2 of their last 14 Premier League London derbies at Selhurst Park (W2-D2-L10).

Betting Odds

  • Crystal Palace 17/4
  • Draw 29/10
  • Chelsea 8/11

The Verdict

I expect Crystal Palace to make it difficult for Chelsea but I can't ignore their record at home against top 10 sides this season which reads W1-D1-L2 – both defeats featured 4 goals or less.

Meanwhile, Chelsea have won 5 of their 6 away fixtures this term against sides currently sitting in the bottom half of the table – all 5 victories featured 4 goals or less.

The Blues have also won 4 of the last 6 meetings between the two sides with all 4 victories featuring 4 goals or less.

Recommended Bets

  • Chelsea To Win & Under 4.5 Goals @ 21/20 (Betway)
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