A trip to Selhurst Park represents freshly tarmaced terrain for the Chelsea title procession to cruise over according to the bookies, with another three points for Jose Mourinho’s men available to back at a microscopic 2/5.
Battling relegation, Crystal Palace won’t turn down the 7/2-rated draw, while they’d rank a win at 13/2 alongside seeing all their numbers come up in the lottery draw.
A home victory, one would suspect, is not in the offing, but there is one way Palace can get the better of their upmarket neighbours – with a one-goal handicap applied to the visitors’ score.
The Eagles have been attributed odds of 39/20 to best the Blues with a one-goal head start, a price that new customers to sign up at bwin.com can convert into £58.50 profit if they invest their entire £30 free bet in this outcome.
Read on for the reasoning as to why such a move will be deemed wise:
In Chelsea’s last five away days across all competitions, four would have seen the host prevail with a one-goal advantage.
Defeat at Aston Villa and a draw with West Brom are two results from this sequence that can inspire the Palace players ahead of their date with the table toppers.
Also, the formidable foursome comprising their back four is on the wobble of late, allowing adversaries to score in each of their last five outings, having navigated the five that preceded these games without conceding.
Palace may have lost their last two at home, but they don’t tend to take hammerings at base camp.
Since Tony Pulis buckled up in the driver’s seat, the Croydon club have suffered just three defeats on the homestead, winning five and drawing one of the nine games he’s marshalled.
The Pulis school of defensive improvement has upgraded the Eagles’ backline from comedic to capable.
Since the baseball cap-blazoned Welshman assumed control Palace have allowed Selhurst guests just seven goals, four of which occurred in the previous three matches.
Chelsea have only registered more than one goal once on their previous six excursions beyond Stamford Bridge and a similar scale of home side stinginess could see the Blues best attacking intentions stymied.