The English Premier League is back this weekend, and we kick things off with an exciting Football London Derby as Frank Lampard’s inconsistent Chelsea side take on Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace, who have been pretty impressive so far, with 2 wins and a very narrow and controversial defeat to Everton.
Chelsea Vs Crystal Palace Betting Preview
Team Form and Head to Head
Crystal Palace started the season brilliantly with 2 wins in a row, including a convincing 3-1 victory over the mighty Manchester United. They lost their previous match to Everton 2-1, which included a very controversial handball incident, that led to Everton scoring a penalty, which ended up being the winner. Palace are looking like a very solid unit this season, and would be aiming to finish in the top 8.
Chelsea on the other hand, had a nightmarish start against newly promoted West Brom in the previous match. They were 3-0 down within the first 27 minutes, after 3 calamitous individual errors. While they did very well to rally back to a 3-3 final scoreline to earn a point, Lampard will be extremely worried about his inconsistent defence, which has conceded 6 goals already in 3 matches so far. The Blues won their first match away at Brighton, though the 3-1 scoreline was a bit flattering as Brighton caused them a lot of problems. They lost their second game to Liverpool at home, with a red card to Christensen making things twice as hard.
The head-to-head record between these two clubs is entirely dominated by Chelsea, who have won 14 of their last 18 matches, losing only 4. Chelsea have also won their last 5 matches consecutively, and are looking for their 6th straight win over their London rivals.
Crystal Palace would not be able to call on the services of Michy Batshuayi, as he is on loan from Chelsea and is not allowed to play against his parent club. Palace are still without Patrick Van Aanholt, who should be back by end of October. Eze might be set for another start as he finds his feet at his new club.
Chelsea can finally expect to see Christian Pulisic in action, after he was sidelined with a hamstring injury sustained in the FA Cup final against Arsenal 2 months ago. Lampard has said Pulisic is fit enough to be on the bench, and might see some minutes. Hakim Ziyech is still not fully fit for this game, while fellow new boys Ben Chilwell and Edouard Mendy are in line to make their Premier League debuts for Chelsea, after impressing in midweek against Spurs.
- Chelsea have beaten Palace in the last 5 consecutive Premier League matches.
- 5 out of the last 7 matches between these two involved more than 2.5 goals.
- Chelsea have scored 3 goals twice already this season.
- 12 goals have been scored in the 3 matches Chelsea have played so far in the league.
Betting Tips Via Bet365
Chelsea to win this match @1.44
Chelsea suffered a disappointing draw last time around against West Brom, however they would be looking to bounce back with several players expected to return to the lineup. With Chilwell and Mendy starting, and Pulisic back on the bench, expectations are high from this match and we believe Chelsea will win it. At Bet365 India, a draw has odds of 4.75, while Crystal Palace to register their 1st win in 6 matches against Chelsea has odds of 7.00.
Over 2.5 Goals In This Match @1.72
5 of the last 7 matches between these two teams have had more than 2.5 goals. 2 of Chelsea’s 3 matches so far have included 4 or more goals, while 2 of the 3 matches played by Crystal Palace have also included more than 2.5 goals. Chelsea have a prolific attack and also a weak defence, hence we expect plenty of goals in this one as well.
Timo Werner To Score First @4.00
Timo Werner is yet to score his first Premier League goal after 3 matches, however he did score a brilliant goal against Tottenham in the midweek Carabao Cup fixture. He would be looking to settle his nerves with an early goal in this match.
Wilfried Zaha To Score Anytime @4.50
Zaha is Palace’s main threat, and also scored a stunning goal the last time these two sides met. He can really capitalize on Chelsea’s shaky defence and we expect him to nick a goal in this match, even if it is in a losing cause.
Players To Watch Out For
Edouard Mendy will be making his much-awaited Premier League debut for Chelsea, who have really suffered from Kepa’s repeated mistakes. He should bring some much-needed assurance and command over the back line.
Kai Havertz would be looking for his first Premier League goal, after getting his first assist in the previous match. He already has a cup hattrick under his name but would be looking to get off the mark in the Premier League.
Wilfried Zaha already has 3 goals this season, and would be looking to add to his tally as he leads Palace’s attack once again. The winger definitely has the capability to trouble Chelsea’s nervous defense.