February 18, 2022 | News | No Comments
class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>The hosts have been shipping goals this season so far and we think another high scoring game is on the cards in this London derby on Saturday
Chelsea play their second home match of the Premier League season on Saturday when they welcome Crystal Palace to Stamford Bridge.
Frank Lampard’s men have been far from convincing in their opening games of the new campaign, and they face a Palace side who have made a better start than many expected.
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Roy Hodgson’s team have picked up two wins from their three games and their last away match saw them claim an impressive 3-1 win at Old Trafford.
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace Latest Odds
Last term the Blues won this fixture 2-0, and bet365 offer them at 2/5 (1.40) to pick up another victory.
The Eagles’ last success at Stamford Bridge came in 2017 when they won 2-1 and they can be backed at 7/1 (8.00), with the draw at 15/4 (4.75).
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace Team News
New signing Hakim Ziyech has been struggling with a knee problem and it remains to be seen whether he will be involved on Saturday, whilst Christian Pulisic could also feature at the weekend. Billy Gilmour remains a long-term absentee.
The visitors have a host of injury problems with Gary Cahill, Scott Dann, Michy Batshuayi, Patrick Van Aanholt, Connor Wickham, James Tomkins and Nathan Ferguson all ruled out.
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace Preview
Despite their serious injury list, Palace have managed to make a positive start to the season by scoring in all three of their Premier League games.
The signing of Thiago Silva is yet to dispel Chelsea’s vulnerability at the back, which was an issue last season as they ended the campaign with the ninth-worst defensive record despite qualifying for the Champions League.
That being said, the vast majority of the Blues’ goals were conceded on the road with their total of 19 goals against at home actually the joint-best in the division.
There should be some interest in backing goals at both ends, with the visitors finding the net regularly and the hosts yet to keep a clean sheet this term.
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace Tips and Predictions
Both teams to score is available at 4/5 (1.80) and looks like a solid option while combining this selection with over 2.5 goals sees the odds rise to a healthy 11/10 (2.10).
Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.