Chelsea vs Crystal Palace 04.11.2018 - Free Betting Tips

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On the face of it, this home game against a struggling Palace may look like a cakewalk for Mauricio Sarri’s unbeaten Chelsea side. In reality, it probably will be precisely that, but there is at least some reason to be a little cautious about predicting it. While Chelsea vs Crystal Palace betting tips naturally favour Sarri’s side, there is some justification for feeling that Palace’s 14th place is an unfair position for a side that continues to deliver a high level of effort from start to finish.

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04. November 2018 | 16:00
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Chelsea’s form this season has been excellent, but it has also given reminders that Sarri sides play beautiful attacking football with a defensive Achilles heel. If you fancy Palace, or just Wilf Zaha, to exploit that wobbliness at the back, try backing both teams to score, (available at Dafabet, 19/20). When talking about Chelsea’s attack, it’s impossible to ignore the impact Eden Hazard has had this season, and at 16/5 with Ladbrokes, he is the best bet to get the first goal. Meanwhile, in what may be the Chelsea vs Crystal Palace best odds of the weekend, you may wish to place a final score bet on Chelsea to win 3-1, at odds of 10/1 with Irish bookie Toals.

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Chelsea vs Crystal Palace Betting Tips: Form Guide

Blues Showing A Bit Of Bite

It seems that there are two different types of Chelsea side, and one or the other is most apparent depending on the manager. Under Jose Mourinho, Antonio Conte or Avram Grant, the Blues have been defensively solid, a little boring to watch, but effective. Under, say, Andre Villas Boas or present incumbent Sarri, they’re excellent going forward and a thrill to watch, but vulnerable at the back. For neutrals, then, the presence of Sarri is excellent news, even if that defensive unreliability may yet cost them a shot at the Premier League title.

The defensive issues raised their head in a recent Premier League draw with Manchester United. What should have been a win for the Blues ended up being a fractiously-rescued point, as Ross Barkley pinched a 96th-minute equaliser after the hosts went 2-1 behind. In the League Cup, a visit from Derby descended into relative farce, with the Championship side scoring twice in the first half, but cutting their own throats by way of a couple of own goals, letting the Premier League pace-setters off the hook with a 3-2 win.

Chelsea have been better on their travels than at Stamford Bridge recently, all told. Their last two games on the road have come at Southampton and Burnley and have featured two wins, no goals conceded and seven scored. Last time out, a 4-0 trouncing of Burnley at Turf Moor featured the fourth goal in two games from Ruben Loftus-Cheek. Chelsea vs Crystal Palace match previews will note that he spent last season on loan at Palace, and will know the opposition well. Will Sarri give him the chance to exploit that knowledge?

Palace Stop The Rot With Battling Performance

On their last outing, the Eagles earned a point at home to Arsenal – and “earned” is definitely the word. Having seen his side take a lead just before half time thanks to Milivojevic’s penalty, Roy Hodgson barely had time to begin digesting his half-time energy bar before the Gunners had scored twice. Palace seemed set for a(nother) battling performance that delivered nothing in the way of points before Zaha ran at (a laughably out of position) Granit Xhaka, and the makeshift left-back tripped the Ivoirien winger. Another penalty, another Milivojevic goal, and Palace held on to claim a very useful point.

Hodgson will be hoping that his side stop having to dig so deep just to get a point here and there, and although he might have to prepare himself for the worst here, there are signs that his side could be due a revival. Against Arsenal, his side were measurably better after the introduction of Max Meyer, signed for free after leaving Schalke in the summer. Zaha also had his best game in weeks, with memories of battling defeats at Everton and at home to Wolves dispatched. Zaha was entirely absent from the side that faced Middlesbrough in the Carabao Cup in midweek. The Eagles duly lost, but there is a strong sense that no-one at Selhurst Park is shedding any tears over that result.

Palace could do with finding a natural striker among their number who would take some of the attacking burden off Zaha. It doesn’t seem right now as though Jordan Ayew is that striker, and Alex Sorloth is not exactly delivering blistering performances either. Connor Wickham, finally back from injury, could do his boss a lot of favours by delivering if given a chance here. Chelsea vs Crystal Palace betting tips for today indicate that he’s Palace’s second-most likely scorer, even though a serious knee injury has seen him play exactly one minute of football since November 2016.

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The Last Five Games

Chelsea VS. Crystal Palace

  • Chelsea Form4 wins and 1 draw in the last 5 matches
  • Chelsea Goals15 goals in the last 5 matches
  • Palace Form1 draw and 4 losses in the last 5 matches
  • Palace Goals3 goals in the last 5 matches
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Chelsea vs Crystal Palace Preview: Recent Meetings

Last season, the sides split the points from their league meetings equally, with each recording a 2-1 home win. It certainly meant more to Palace, who came into their first meeting having lost their first seven games in a row. With Frank de Boer speedily canned after delivering that start to the season, Hodgson masterminded a win over a Chelsea side that was coming apart at the seams. A Cesar Azpilicueta own-goal was followed by an equaliser from Tiemoue Bakayoko. It would fall to (who else?) Zaha to score the winner, just before half time.

In the meeting at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea ensured no repeat of their early-season mistake by racing out to a 2-0 lead inside 25 minutes. After Willian scored the opener, it was Palace’s turn to score an own-goal, with Martin Kelly doubling the deficit for his side. A late Patrick van Aanholt goal was, as they say, mere consolation.

Chelsea vs Crystal Palace Prediction: Comfortable Home Win

Although Palace are a side that will battle from the first to the last minute, this season’s Premier League is showing one thing above all – the way that the division has become several leagues in one. The contenders at the top are not dropping points the way they have in previous seasons, and those struggling at the bottom are not seeing their lot improve in a hurry. Although Palace did pick up a point last weekend, Arsenal at home is an easier assignment than Chelsea away, and we see them struggling to pick anything up here. For sure, they’ll try, and if they can catch Chelsea cold they may well get something – but the Blues are unbeaten for a reason.

Our Chelsea vs Crystal Palace prediction is that the hosts will keep that unbeaten run going with a win here. We wouldn’t expect a crushing, along the lines of a 4 or 5-0, as Palace have shown that they’re far more of a battling side than the teams currently populating the bottom four or five spots. Nonetheless, as much as they might battle, it is simply very hard to see the visitors coming away from Stamford Bridge with any number of points that exceeds zero. If they get anything, they will certainly have earned it.

Thanks for reading, and please do make sure that you keep coming back to Betting.org for more match predictions and betting tips. Our in-depth previews will deliver serious opinion not just on what will happen in games, but why, and we’ll help you make the smartest bets. Good luck!

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