Chelsea had one of the craziest games in recent memory against Ajax in the Champions League on Tuesday night. From 4-1 down in the second half, the Blues showed the mental strength that has come to define them of late and ended up snatching a draw. They now host Crystal Palace tomorrow and look to continue their great form in the Premier League.
Lampard will be well aware of the threat Palace pose. Roy Hodgson’s men have beaten Manchester United and drawn with Arsenal away from home already this season. So, one can expect Chelsea to be tested big time at Stamford Bridge especially with the Eagles keen to make amends for their 0-2 home defeat to Leicester City last weekend.
But the Blues’ performances against Burnley and Watford (2-4 and 1-2 away wins) within a fortnight and the second-half show against Ajax will give them confidence.
Chelsea Player Form
After three league games without a goal, Tammy Abraham found scoring form again at Vicarage Road against Watford. Christian Pulisic has four goals in two, while Michy Batshuayi should he be called upon. Striker Batshuayi will look to score against the club he played on loan at last season.
For Palace, Wilfried Zaha is the obvious threat, but he hasn’t been that impactful of late.
Lampard should welcome N’Golo Kante back into the side after a groin problem in place of Mason Mount who picked up an injury against Ajax. Kante will be expected to patrol an area of the pitch where Zaha will look to cut into from the flanks.
Crystal Palace Player Form
On the other hand, Palace coach Hodgson has several injured players to worry about. Andros Townsend suffered a muscle injury against Arsenal. As of November 1st, Townsend had not been training with the Crystal Palace first team. Gary Cahill and Cheikhou Kouyate both suffered blows to the head last weekend but are expected to play versus Chelsea.
Mamadou Sakho and Connor Wickham are both ruled out of the weekend clash with injuries while James McArthur could still make the team. McArthur has a lower back issue that forced him off against Leicester City.
Betting Stats and Tips
Chelsea have been defensively poor under Lampard who has struggled to get the right personnel and tactics to prevent rival teams from scoring. Chelsea have beaten opponents by outscoring them, but have let in goals in 10 out of their 11 EPL fixtures so far. Which makes the possibility of Palace scoring against them very high. Thus, odds for Both teams to score very bright at 17/20
Twelve of Chelsea’s seventeen matches in all competitions have seen over 2.5 goals scored. The Eagles do not score a lot of goals, but they have the habit of rising to the occasion against top-tier teams in the Premier League. Four of Crystal Palace’s 12 matches in all competitions have ended with over 2.5 goals. Hence odds for Over 2.5 goals scored are 11/20 (Bet Now)
Tammy Abraham has accounted for 9 out of Chelsea’s 25 goals this season. The English striker has contributed 36 per cent of the scoring for the Blues which makes his chances of getting one at least past the Eagles on Saturday very high.
Tammy Abraham to score anytime at odds of 8/11 (Bet Now). For Palace, one can easily go in for a bet on Jordan Ayew to score anytime at odds of 7/2 (Bet365).
Some of the other anytime scorers are Olivier Giroud at 21/20, Christian Pulisic 13/8, Christian Benteke 7/2 and Wilfried Zaha 4/1 (all Bet365 odds)
Chelsea are obviously the bookmakers’ favourites for November 9th’s game as most UK bookmakers odds below suggest.
Chelsea to win: 1/3
Crystal Palace to win: 15/2
Chelsea 2-0: 7/1
Chelsea 2-1: 17/2
Draw 1-1: 10/1
Chelsea 3-1: 11/1
Draw 2-2: 20/1
Chelsea 3-2: 25/1
Crystal Palace 2-1: 25/1
Crystal Palace 3-2: 50/1
Bookmaker Bets for Correct Scores of Chelsea 3-1: 11/1, Draw 2-2: 20/1 and Chelsea 3-2: 25/1 seem worth taking.