Crystal Palace vs Chelsea 101 Great Goals prediction: Palace 1-3 Chelsea
Crystal Palace’s win over Man City may feel a long time ago after the result with Cardiff but they need to put that behind them if they are to shock Chelsea.
Palace shocked the footballing world not long ago when they beat Manchester City at the Etihad.
Unfortunately for them, that brought on a certain expectation that they should perform week in and week out.
That meant the pressure was on against Cardiff and they just didn’t quite live up to expectations.
Though, their opponents on Sunday have also been on the end of a shock result recently.
Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea fell to defeat against Leicester on Saturday in a disappointing performance.
The Foxes made the most of their strengths, predominantly counter-attacking, to win the game.
However, they did bounce back a game later when they faced off against Watford.
Now, they will be looking to get back to winning consistently when they face off against Palace.
Crystal Palace vs Chelsea: Who will win?
The betting odds will come as little surprise this weekend.
Chelsea come in as clear favourites after their win over Watford on Wednesday.
They can be found at odds of 4/6 to win the game outright.
Crystal Palace are clear outsiders which again won’t come as a surprise.
They can be found at odds of 15/4 to win the game outright.
While Roy Hodgson’s side are very much underdogs, the bookies have learned from their mistakes and have not priced Palace as far out as they were against Man City!
A 3-1 away win, as we predict, is priced at a solid 14/1.
The goalscorer market is also as interesting.
Eden Hazard is the favourite to score first after his brace against Watford on Wednesday with very short odds of 10/3.
He is followed by Olivier Giroud at 4/1 and Alvaro Morata at 5/1.
The most likely Palace player to score first according to the bookies is Wilfried Zaha.
He is priced at 17/1 to score the first goal in the game.
Crystal Palace vs Chelsea match preview
It’s been a very up and down period for Crystal Palace during the Christmas fixtures.
They started off the holiday season with a fantastic win over Manchester City just a week ago.
Goals from Andros Townsend and Luka Milivojević completed a stunning 3-2 win over the Premier League champions.
It was expected that they would push on and show their quality for the next few weeks.
However, that famous win will feel like forever ago when you consider the performance against Cardiff on Wednesday.
While they had the majority of the ball and plenty of chances, they were nowhere near as clinical as they were in their previous outing.
Roy Hodgson’s side actually had an astonishing 31 shots during the game, with only five of them hitting the target.
Safe to say, they will need to be much better in front of the goal if they are to take the limited chances they will be given against Chelsea this weekend.
Chelsea looking to show their quality once again
Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea career got off to a stunning start at the beginning of the season.
The Stamford Bridge side maintained their 100% record for almost as long as Manchester City and Liverpool did.
Many were looking at them as the third party in a three-horse title race but three quickly turned to two.
That’s because a fair few draws over the past two months or so have stunted their momentum.
December has also been a very tricky month for Sarri and his side.
They first lost to Wolves at the beginning of the month in a shock result, Nuno Espírito Santo’s side winning 2-1.
However, Chelsea bounced back instantly when they handed Manchester City their first loss of the season.
A 2-0 victory at the Bridge well and truly took the wind out of City’s sails as Chelsea looked to make up lost ground.
A couple of games later and the Blues fell to another unexpected loss.
This time it came against Leicester on Saturday.
Claude Puel’s counter-attacking setup allowed his side to complete a famous victory.
Chelsea, however, responded on Wednesday when they faced Watford in the late game, winning 2-1.
The short and sweet is that Chelsea have by no means been at their best over the past month or so.
Should Crystal Palace replicate their performance at the Etihad, they could come away with all three points this weekend.
Crystal Palace team news
Martin Kelly and Wayne Hennessey are likely to be available for selection after overcoming injuries in recent weeks.
Though, we predict that neither will force their ways into the starting eleven.
Christian Benteke has also been suffering from injury over the past few months and is expected back on the lineup in the new year.
That means that Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend are likely to start up front.
Chelsea team news
There’s some pretty big team news for Maurizio Sarri’s side this weekend.
That is because the Italian is set to have a headache in attack.
Callum Hudson-Odoi was substituted into the game against Watford before having to be subbed back out after injury.
That means he is likely to miss the game this weekend.
Pedro also suffered an injury in the game and will miss out. The former Barcelona attacker is out for 10 days.
That means that there is a shortage of wingers and Eden Hazard could return to a wide position rather than the false nine position he has played in recent weeks.
With that in mind, Olivier Giroud or Alvaro Morata could return to the side and start up front.
Morata has struggled with an ankle injury of late but could return to the squad on Sunday.
Crystal Palace predicted XI
Chelsea predicted XI
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‘We have to continue in the same way now, we cannot go up and down anymore.’
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*All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.*