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Chelsea vs. Crystal Palace double chance odds & tips – 2018/19 EPL

Chelsea v Crystal Palace

Chelsea v Crystal Palace

Chelsea will be hoping to further advance their title charge when they play host to Crystal Palace in the Premier League this weekend.

Maurizio Sarri’s charges, currently on an imperious run, have yet to face defeat in the League this season; Liverpool and Manchester City being the only teams to match the same record thus far into the campaign.

The Blues temporarily moved to second on the standings after a thrilling 4-0 win over Burnley last weekend.

Sean Dyche’s side, which hasn’t stayed true to the form that saw them finish seventh last season, went behind to an Alvaro Morata goal midway through the first half.

Ross Barkley, who put up a Man of the Match performance, set up Morata for the opening goal when he slid a slick through pass that the Spain international poked past Burnley goalkeeper Joe Hart.

The former Everton midfielder, who has recently scored with regularity, then doubled the lead for the visitors with an utterly glorious strike right before the hour mark. The 24-year old has as a result scored in three consecutive Premier League matches, becoming the first English player to do so since Frank Lampard in February, 2013.

A new hero seems to have risen in the absence of the injured Eden Hazard, as Barkley capped of his regal display by registering his second assist of the afternoon; this time round setting up Willian who cut in on his right foot before curling a shot past the former Manchester City goalkeeper.

Called into action at the half hour mark to replaced the injured Pedro, Ruben Loftus-Cheek added Chelsea’s fourth in injury time to boost his stats in a week that saw the England international score a hat-trick against BATE Borisov in the Europa League.

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Unbridled and with an exponential show of grit, Chelsea’s imposing performance showed hues and shades of their title winning sides of old, although the Blues are unlikely to hog the headlines given how Manchester City and Liverpool are slowly but surely transforming the title charge into a two-horse race.

Manchester City’s win over Tottenham Hotspur by a solitary goal later in Match Week 10 meant that Chelsea slipped back to third on the log on 24 points; two points adrift of the defending champions and current League leaders.

Crystal Palace on the other hand brought Arsenal’s winning run of eleven successive matches in all competitions to a resounding halt following their 2-2 draw last weekend at Selhurst Park.

Luka Milivojevic put the hosts ahead from the spot before the break after Cheikhou Kouyate won a foul in the area, but Granit Xhaka leveled for the Gunners with a sumptuous free kick in the 51st minute.

Arsenal looked on course to a twelfth consecutive win when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave them the lead five minutes later, only to be denied by a Luka Milivojevic penalty deep into the second half.

The hard-earned point as such has Roy Hodgson’s side fourteenth on the table with 8 points-just three points above the drop zone.

Maurizio Sarri could welcome the return of Eden Hazard ahead of hosting Palace. The forward has been on the sidelines since sustaining a back injury during the 2-2 draw with Manchester United at Stamford Bridge last month.

Palace remains without Christian Benteke, Joel Ward, and Scott Dann; all ruled out with various injuries.

Chelsea vs. Crystal Palace betting predictions

Being a London derby, the match has all the necessary ingredients of a feisty encounter. Wilfried Zaha has played a pivotal role for Palace in the fixture before, and the 25-year old will be an ever present danger should he be able to shake off a shoulder injury before the tie.

Be that as it may, the Blues have turned Stamford Bridge into a mighty edifice, which will make it hard for Roy Hodgson’s side to get anything out of the match.

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Chelsea to win or draw -400 at William Hill Place Bet
Total match goals over 2.5 -188.68 at William Hill Place Bet

Chelsea vs. Crystal Palace recent results

Chelsea 2-1 Crystal Palace (March 10, 2018)
Willian 25’
Martin Kelly 32’ (OG)
Patrick van Aanholt 90’

Palace 2-1 Chelsea (October 14, 2017)
Cesar Azpilicueta 11’ (OG)
Wilfried Zaha 45’
Tiemoue Bakayoko 18’

Chelsea 1-2 Palace (April 1, 2017)
Cesc Fabregas 5’
Wilfried Zaha 9’
Christian Benteke 11’

Palace 0-1 Chelsea (December 17, 2016)
Diego Costa 43’

Palace 0-3 Chelsea (January 3, 2016)
Oscar 29’
Willian 60’
Diego Costa 66’

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