Kick-off: 1230, 03/10/2020
Stadium: Stamford Bridge
TV: BT Sport
Chelsea head into Saturday’s Premier League clash with Crystal Palace under pressure to perform following several recent setbacks.
The Blues have picked up just one point from their last two top-flight fixtures and crashed out of the EFL Cup at Tottenham on Tuesday.
With the Eagles adept at soaking up pressure and hitting teams on the break, this has the makings of another tricky test.
Punters can get 4/1 for a draw at Stamford Bridge and that is tempting enough to be our first Chelsea vs Crystal Palace prediction.
A Look At Chelsea’s Betting Odds
Frank Lampard fielded a strong side for the midweek clash with Spurs and looked set to be rewarded for that decision when Timo Werner put Chelsea ahead on 19 minutes.
However, a much-changed Tottenham line-up improved in the second period and Erik Lamela’s late leveller set up a penalty shoot-out, which the hosts won.
“We could have been better on the ball in the second half, maybe dealt with the physical nature of the Spurs game, but it slightly changed the case of the game,” said Lampard.
“They had chances in the second half but so did we. At 1-0, the second goal finishes it for us and we didn’t get that.”
The Blues have also faltered in the league since opening with a 3-1 win at Brighton, losing at home to Liverpool and then having to come from 3-0 down to draw at West Brom.
Last Chelsea line-up: Mendy, Tomori, Zouma, Chilwell, Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Kovacic, Mount, Werner, Giroud, Hudson-Odoi.
A Look At Crystal Palace’s Betting Odds
Palace were slightly unfortunate to go down 2-1 to Everton at Selhurst Park, with Richarlison’s deciding goal coming from a very dubious penalty decision.
Cheikhou Kouyate had earlier headed in an equaliser for the Eagles after Dominic-Calvert Lewin had opened the scoring.
Despite that frustrating setback, Roy Hodgson’s side have still made a promising start to the new campaign.
They kicked off by edging out Southampton 1-0 and then put in a superb display to prevail 3-1 at Manchester United.
Kouyate commented: “We need to continue to work hard, we have a very good squad and maybe we are going to try to do something this year.”
This is a team which has a good record of picking up positive results when visiting bigger clubs and they can be competitive again here.
Wilfried Zaha enjoys playing against Chelsea, scoring in three of his last seven encounters with the Blues.
Let’s complete our Chelsea vs Crystal Palace betting tips by taking 50/1 for Zaha to net first in a 1-1 stalemate.
Last Palace line-up: Guaita, Ward, Sakho, Mitchell, Kouyate, Townsend, McArthur, McCarthy, Eze, Ayew, Zaha.
Tottenham 1-1 CHELSEA (5-4 on pens) – Timo Werner
CRYSTAL PALACE 1-2 Everton – Cheikhou Kouyate
Head-to-head: Crystal Palace 2-3 Chelsea, Chelsea 2-0 Crystal Palace, Crystal Palace 0-1 Chelsea, Chelsea 3-1 Crystal Palace
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