Crystal Palace vs Chelsea
Competition: England Premier League
Date: 30 December 2018
Kick-off: 13:00 CET
After beating Leicester and Manchester City (at Etihad!), drawing at home with Cardiff was definitely a… party-spoiler for Crystal Palace. Truth is, they gave their all, finished the game on 31(!) attempts, two shots on the post, more than 60% ball possession, but… no goal. That 0-0 felt almost like a defeat, They are 14th, on 19 points, having earned seven of those in their last three matches. According to reports, they will start the game with Guaita, van Aanholt, Sakho, Tomkins, Wan-Bissaka, Kouyate, McArthur, Meyer, Townsend, Milivojevic and Zaha. Palace have scored just 17 goals in 19 matches. Only Huddersfield and Newcastle have scored less, 12 and 14 respectively. They have kept a clean sheet in their last three home matches, and before that, they had lost 0-1 to Tottenham.
Chelsea were desperate to bounce back midweek, after losing to Leicester at home last weekend, and they did, winning 1-2 at Warford. Eden Hazard scored his goals number nine and 10 of the season (in the Premier League alone). The second one came from the penalty spot in the 58th minute, and proved to be the winner. The Blues left Arsenal two points behind them, and moved within four points from third-placed Manchester City. They remained fourth, 11 points behind leaders Liverpool. They are expected to start with Arrizabalaga, Rudiger, David Luiz, Marcos Alonso, Azpilicueta, Barkley, Kovacic, Jorginho, Kante, Willian and Hazard. They’ve won their last two away games, at Brighton and Watford, but before that, they had lost both at Tottenham and Wolves.
Previous five matches:
Crystal Palace vs Cardiff 0-0
Manchester City vs Crystal Palace 2-3
Crystal Palace vs Leicester 1-0
West Ham vs Crystal Palace 3-2
Brighton vs Crystal Palace 3-1
Watford vs Chelsea 1-2
Chelsea vs Leicester 0-1
Chelsea vs Bournemouth 1-0
Brighton vs Chelsea 1-2
MOL Vidi vs Chelsea 2-2
Crystal Palace’s next game is at Wolves, on Wednesday. Same day, Chelsea will be hosting Southampton (both Premier League matches).
Crystal Palace vs Chelsea: Head to head Stats
Two wins for the hosts and three for Chelsea in the last five games between these two at Palace’s home.
Crystal Palace vs Chelsea: Prediction
I’m backing Chelsea to win the game. Not easily, but win the game nonetheless.
Crystal Palace vs Chelsea: Betting Tips
Chelsea’s victory pays 1.75. Combined with “over 1.5” that goes up to 2.12, and with “over 2.5” to 2.70. “Hazard to score anytime” pays 2.02, and last but not least, “Hazard to win and Chelsea to win” is at 2.63.