Chelsea v Crystal Palace Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

March 06, 2018

- Grant Whittington

Stamford Bridge - Premier League

After their dismal display last time out against Manchester City, Chelsea supporters will demand a better performance against Crystal Palace. The visitors also fell to defeat against a Manchester club, suffering late heartbreak at the hands of Manchester United on Monday night.

Past Meetings

Palace have actually won their last two games against the Blues, one at home and one away, with both games finishing 2-1 to the Eagles. Chelsea won the two before that without conceding a goal, as part of a four-match sequence of away wins in this fixture.

Team News

N'Golo Kante is a doubt for Chelsea, with the French midfielder missing the loss at City after reportedly feeling unwell and collapsing in the days before the game. Ross Barkley is nearing a return from a setback with his hamstring, while Tiemoue Bakayoko, David Luiz and Ethan Ampadu are all expected to miss out.

Roy Hodgson continues to deal with an injury crisis at the worst possible time of the season, with question marks over as many as 11 players heading into this tough trip to west London. Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Yohan Cabaye and Joel Ward are the ones most likely to feature on Saturday, while Wilfried Zaha, Connor Wickham, Bakary Sako, Mamadou Sakho, Scott Dann, Jason Puncheon and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are all injured.

Chelsea v Crystal Palace Preview and Predictions

Both of these sides fell to disappointing defeats at the hands of Manchester’s top two in their last games, but for very different reasons. Chelsea have been widely condemned for their unadventurous showing against City, while Crystal Palace let a two-goal lead slip away against United.

Successive defeats against United and City have left Antonio Conte’s side five points off the top four, with a daunting trip to Barcelona coming up in the Champions League. After that it’s Leicester away in the FA Cup, followed by fourth-placed Tottenham in the Premier League. It’s a run that will go a long way to defining Chelsea’s season, and they are 1/3 to kick it off with a win in this game.

Palace are 11/1 for the victory, which would make it five out of six away wins between the teams. Nemanja Matic’s injury time striker was a devastating blow for the Eagles after the effort they put in on Monday, but Hodgson can take heart from the way his players performed for large parts of the game. If those levels are on show again at Stamford Bridge, the draw at 23/5 could come into play.

Recommended Bets

Chelsea to win to nil at 21/10

The Blues’ last three victories over Palace have all been to nil, and this would be a great way to warm up for the trip to the Nou Camp.

Palace to win 2-1 at 40/1

Considering Chelsea’s recent form, this is a tempting price for Palace to win their third game in a row against the Blues by this scoreline.

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