Crystal Palace ended Arsenal’s winning streak with a late equaliser on Sunday, and this weekend they’ll be looking to end Chelsea’s unbeaten start to the season.
With seven wins and three draws from their opening 10 league games the Blues sit two points behind early pace setters Manchester City and Liverpool.
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A thrilling midweek win in the Carabao Cup over Frank Lampard’s Derby came at a good time, and another three points against Palace should sit very nicely as we hit the busy Christmas run in.
In defence we’re keeping things tight, while at the other end we’re banging in goals for fun. Its all looking good at the moment.
In fact the Blues are the second most prolific team in the league averaging 2.5 goals per game – I’d be looking for something similar against the Eagles.
That, in part, has been down of course to Eden Hazard.
The Belgium ace has been in excellent form so far this season bagging 8 goals and 3 assists, but has missed the Blues’ recent victories over Burnley in the league and Derby in the EFL Cup due to injury.
It’s still unknown if he’ll feature against Palace but if he does he’s currently EVS to score anytime.
Gianfranco Zola confirmed Hazard’s back problem is “much better” and the Belgium is sure to feature at some point Sunday.
Palace ended a run of three straight defeats with their draw against Arsenal last week, but remain winless in the league since victory over Huddersfield back in September.
Their poor run of form sees them just three points above the drop zone and they’ll have to be at their very best if they’re to get anything out of their trip to Stamford Bridge.
Goals have been hard to come by for The Eagles.
Roy Hodgson’s side have found the net just seven times in 10 games and are 4/5 to bag at the Bridge – Wilfred Zaha has been struggling with a shoulder problem but Hodgson is confident that he will feature.
Earlier in the year Chelsea won this fixture 2-1 and it’s 7/1 for the same outcome – although I think the Blues can bag a few.
As you’d expect the Blues are 1/4 favourites to bag all three points while Palace are available at 12/1 and the draw is 11/2.
From a betting perspective there’s little value in-lumping on the Blues at 1/4 – however if we throw in over 3.5 goals into the equation that pays out at around 8/5.
That price gives us more bang for our bucks and thats our selection for the game.