Chelsea vs Crystal Palace betting preview

27 Dec 2023
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace

Chelsea and Crystal Palace are set to face off in a midweek Premier League fixture at Stamford Bridge. Both teams will be looking to break out of their recent struggles and secure a much-needed victory. With Crystal Palace's tendency for draws, a closely contested match can be expected on Wednesday.

The Blues go into this match as the favourites at 8/11 with All British Casino while Crystal Palace are priced at 15/4 and a draw is 14/5 ahead of the Premier League clash. Chelsea have picked up 11 consecutive league wins against the Eagles which is the longest losing run for the visitors against an opponent in their league history.

Chelsea enters this clash on the back of a 2-1 defeat against Wolverhampton Wanderers in their last Premier League match. Despite a late fightback attempt, they could only manage to pull one goal back in added time through Christopher Nkunku. This result adds to Chelsea's struggles this season, as they have only secured two wins in their last seven Premier League matches.

Currently sitting at 10th place on the table, Mauricio Pochettino's side risks being overtaken by teams like Bournemouth and Wolves if they don't improve their results this week. However, Chelsea has shown some promise in their recent home matches, winning their last two games at Stamford Bridge. These victories ended a five-match winless streak at home, and the team will be aiming to build on that positive momentum on Wednesday.

Crystal Palace comes into this fixture following a 1-1 draw against Brighton & Hove Albion in their previous Premier League match. They managed to take the lead just before halftime through Jordan Ayew but conceded the equaliser eight minutes from time.

This draw marks the third stalemate in five Premier League matches for Crystal Palace, who have been plagued by too many draws in recent weeks. However, Roy Hodgson's men will need to convert these draws into wins as they have slipped down the table and are now only six points above the relegation zone.

Interestingly, Crystal Palace has performed better away from home this season, securing victories against Sheffield United, Manchester United, and Burnley. However, their recent away matches have seen them settle for draws, including a 2-2 result against Manchester City.

Betting Tips

Both teams to score - 11/14

Chelsea and over 2.5 goals - 8/5

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