Chelsea entertain Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge knowing that victory will see the club crowned Premier League champions for the third time under Jose Mourinho.
The Blues are just 9/25 to do what’s required to send their die-hards giddy out into the west London afternoon.
Palace, however, are 7/1 to prolong the suspense with a shock victory or 15/4 to do so by holding their hosts to a stalemate and should be considered one of the worst possible opponents to come up against in such a situation.
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Here’s why they can be expected to make a fair fist of such a feat.
Alan Pardew’s side have form for throwing a spanner in the title works
‘Crystanbul’, the night the south London side came back from 3-0 down at home to Liverpool, is the act of championship-chasing sabotage everyone remembers.
Yet, Chelsea too had reason to rue a Selhurst Park defeat seven games from the end of the 2013/14 season, a campaign in which they finished just four points behind eventual winners Manchester City.
Mourinho has been outsmarted by ‘Pardiola’ in two of their three meetings.
In his Newcastle days the Palace manager twice managed to rouse his notoriously streaky former employees to inflict shock defeats on the Blues.
The Eagles have been bested on the road twice since early November
Even before Pardew arrived like a silver-haired breath of fresh air to turn their season around, Palace were obstinate customers away from home.
Bested by just two of their past 13 hosts, they’ve won all bar one of the eight road games under his tutelage, meaning poor recent results at home cannot be completely trusted to vouch for their one-foot-on-the-beach mindsets.
Chelsea last won a home game by more than one goal in January
Backing Stamford Bridge visitors on the +2 more often than not generates a fairly palatable price, yet it’s a bet that has copped in the Blues’ previous nine outings at Stamford Bridge.
Palace are 18/25 to claim the laurels with the aid of a two-goal head start.