By Maryam Naz
Last Updated: 31st December 2018
Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea won’t be underestimating Crystal Palace after their impressive victory over the reigning champions Manchester City. The clash at Selhurst Park this Sunday represents a must-win match for the Blues in their race to secure Champions League football next season with a top-four position.
Crystal Palace vs Chelsea: odds and predictions
The Blues are wagering as 7/10 favourites in our Crystal Palace vs Chelsea predictions and betting tips, while Roy Hodgson’s side register as 17/4 underdogs, with a potential draw trading at odds of 11/4.
But given the laborious nature of Chelsea’s performances of late, combined with the Eagles’ impressive win over Man City last weekend, means there is a strong chance that Palace could do some serious damage to Chelsea’s top-four hopes this Sunday.
Despite only netting three times this season, Andros Townsend will look to lead the goalscoring charge, taking the positives from his wonder-strike against the Citizens, and near-perfect shot against Cardiff City into this game. The Englishman has scored more goals from outside the box than from within it and will cause Kepa Arrizabalaga problems on the attack, wagering as a 10/1 pick to score first.
Townsend will be joined by his trustee helpers Wilfried Zaha and Luka Milivojević, who will need no encouragement to fire a barrage of shots at the Chelsea keeper’s goal.
Yet after netting his 100th goal for Chelsea in their 2-1 win over Brighton, a resurgent Eden Hazard will want to continue his goalscoring and will look to use his pace and skill on the counter to unlock the Glazier’s defence.
Whether or not the Belgian can play his part in securing a vital three points for the Blues will be found out in this Sunday’s clash at Selhurst Park.
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Crystal Palace vs Chelsea match betting: score, best bet, scorer tips
Predicted score: Crystal Palace our pick to win 2-1, trading @ 14/1
Forecasting Hodgson’s men to win might seem like a long shot against an Eden Hazard-led Chelsea attack, yet given that the Blues have gone five games without an away win in London derbies (D2, L3), the first match bet of our Crystal Palace vs Chelsea predictions expect them to do exactly that, with the odds trading at 14/1.
The Eagles have struggled for results in previous months, but glimpses of attacking flair that led to a 2-2 draw with Arsenal in October, and midfield ingenuity that saw them unlucky to lose to Liverpool in August prove that they possess the hallmarks to undo Chelsea’s offence.
The away side might play an attractive form of Sarri-ball, but their defence has not lived up to the hype. Indeed, they’ve sloppily conceded against Leicester, Watford and Brighton in their last five Premier League games which does not reflect well on their keeper, Kepa.
The second instalment of our Crystal Palace vs Chelsea predictions and betting tips does not project the Blues to emerge from this latest encounter with a clean sheet either, considering their recent defeat to Leicester City.
The back-four have look fatigued across the defensive line, and the pace and power present in Palace’s attack will look to exploit this to their advantage.
Predicted scorer: Wilfried Zaha our pick to score first @ 8/1
While Christian Benteke has had a hand in seven goals in his last nine Premier League games against Chelsea, the Belgian striker’s absence from the starting XI means that someone else will have to step up.
The last of our Crystal Palace vs Chelsea predictions and betting tips wager that that man will be Wilfried Zaha. The 26-year-old may have only bagged three goals this season, but his pace and power on the counter could be too explosive for the Chelsea defenders to deal with.
Man-of-the-match performances against Arsenal and Manchester City will give the young Englishman hope of being able to mimic those attacking displays against his opponents this Sunday, and with the odds priced at 8/1, he could be a valuable pick to punt on.
Crystal Palace vs Chelsea stats: Opta
- Crystal Palace have won two of their last four league encounters with Chelsea (L2), as many wins as they’d registered in their previous 18 combined (W2 D4 L12)
- Chelsea lost in this exact fixture last season (1-2) – they’ve never suffered consecutive away defeats against Crystal Palace in league competition.
- Crystal Palace have won only two of their last 14 Premier League London derbies at Selhurst Park (W2 D2 L10), although one of those wins came against Chelsea in October 2017.
Maryam is a female football writer, who grew up playing a wide variety of sport. She slowly became converted as a lover of football around the age of 10, and her interest in it drove her to pursue it not only physically, but also academically. In her first year of college she cemented a placement at the Independent, whom she worked for before branching out to Premier League-accredited sites like the female-led 'Offside Rule' blog and RealSport. She studied English at University alongside this, and is now a digital copy-writer and editor, specialising in sports journalism.