Crystal Palace v Chelsea Match Preview

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Sunday afternoon Premiership action comes from Selhurst Park and you can view the whole game Live on Sky Sports 1 High Definition, with a scheduled 13:30pm (GMT)Kick Off Time.

Crystal Palace v Chelsea Match Preview

Crystal Palace have had a superb opening half of the season as they currently lie in 5th position but they have a difficult test ahead of them with several key players missing and with five teams just up to two points behind them there is a lot of pressure on Palace. Their home form has improved of late with two wins and a draw but they know they are in for a tough match here against a Chelsea side desperate for points and looking better in recent matches.

Chelsea have been one of the talking points of the season so far as they currently occupy 14th place and are a whole three points behind 15th. Eyes will remain fixed on them in this match as they have the chance to go four matches unbeaten for the first time this season.

Chelsea have not won an away match in the league since August and this could be a huge opportunity to end that run and instil some confidence into the side for Guus Hiddink. Chelsea will fancy themselves in this match despite being visitors to Selhurst Park because Palace are without several attacking players which should mean that Chelsea have a decent chance of keeping a clean sheet in this match.

Crystal Palace Latest Team News:

Crystal Palace are set to struggle going forward in this match because they are going to be missing Yannick Bolasie, Yohan Cabaye, Bakary Sako and Connor Wickham for this match leaving them short of goals in the team and attacking flair.

Chelsea Latest Team News:

Chelsea on the other hand will be pleased to have Diego Costa available for this match after missing the bore-draw with United due to suspension. The only doubts heading into this match for Chelsea lie with Gary Cahill, Loic Remy and Radamel Falcao.

Crystal Palace v Chelsea Head to Head Statistics

29/08/15 BPL Chelsea v Crystal Palace 1 : 2
03/05/15 BPL Chelsea v Crystal Palace 1 : 0
18/10/14 BPL Crystal Palace v Chelsea 1 : 2
29/03/14 BPL Crystal Palace v Chelsea 1 : 0
14/12/13 BPL Chelsea v Crystal Palace 2 : 1

These two sides have met just 38 times throughout history and in those meetings, Chelsea have been dominant with 17 wins to Crystal Palace’s 7.

And even in the 19 meetings in which Palace held the home advantage, Chelsea were easily the better side after beating Palace in 8 of those 19 matches whilst losing five times.

Using head to head statistics alone it would suggest that Chelsea will take all three points in this London derby despite being the visitors to Selhurst Park.

Crystal Palace Recent Form

28/12/15 BPL Crystal Palace v Swansea 0 : 0
26/12/15 BPL Bournemouth v Crystal Palace 0 : 0
19/12/15 BPL Stoke v Crystal Palace 1 : 2
12/12/15 BPL Crystal Palace v Southampton 1 : 0
07/12/15 BPL Everton v Crystal Palace 1 : 1

Crystal Palace are in strong form coming into this match as they have been unbeaten in their last five matches but they will be looking to turn some of those draws into wins and this is a great opportunity to get one here which would see Palace do the double over Chelsea.

Chelsea Recent Form

28/12/15 BPL Manchester United v Chelsea 0 : 0
26/12/15 BPL Chelsea v Watford 2 : 2
19/12/15 BPL Chelsea v Sunderland 3 : 1
14/12/15 BPL Leicester v Chelsea 2 : 1
09/12/15 CHA Chelsea v FC Porto 2 : 0

Chelsea’s form has picked up since the departure of Jose Mourinho with a win and two draws but the attention will soon be back on them if they fail to pick up a point in this match.

Crystal Palace v Chelsea Average Goals Per Game Statistics

In the 38 matches that have taken place between these two sides, there has been a total of 92 goals meaning that there has been an average goals per game of 2.42.

And in the 19 meetings in which Crystal Palace have been the home side, there has been 41 goals scored meaning that there has been an average goals per game of 2.16.

Both sets of data suggest that the game on Sunday could be a boring match-up as previous meetings have averaged just over two goals a match when Palace have hosted the fixture.

Crystal Palace v Chelsea Current Betting Odds Market

Crystal Palace are the underdogs to win this game with the online bookmakers and you can obtain a best price of 14/5 with BetVictor – £50 Free Bets for New Customers.

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Chelsea are currently the favourites to win this match which is probably about right given all the statistics above. The best price is 21/20 with Coral – Deposit £5 & Receive £20 Free Bets for New Customers.

Crystal Palace v Chelsea Free Sports Bets, Tips & Predictions

I think that this will be a close match because Palace will allow Chelsea to control the match and will try to restrict their attacking play whilst trying to hit them on the counter but it will be difficult for them without Bolasie.

I see this match being a low scorer because Palace have failed to score in their last two matches and I can see them failing to do so again here, and also they will sit back and try to soak up Chelsea’s pressure which should mean Chelsea will find it difficult to score too.

And as for my saver I have decided to go for Diego Costa to get a goal in this match because he looked much improved in his last match where he grabbed a brace and he will be looking to continue that in this match after missing the game against United through suspension.

Crystal Palace v Chelsea Banker & Saver Tips

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