Chelsea vs Crystal Palace Preview

November 3, 2018
By: Deke Hardman

Sunday afternoon’s Premier League action concludes at Stamford Bridge where Chelsea take on Crystal Palace.

Maurizio Sarri became the first Blues manager to begin his tenure with ten unbeaten league games while if he avoids defeat today, he will match Frank Clark’s record of eleven without defeat in the Premier League, which he achieved with Nottingham Forest after they had been promoted from the second tier in 1994.

Sarri’s side followed last weekend’s 4-0 win over Burnley with victory against Derby County in the fourth round of the EFL Cup and several players are set to return to the starting line-up after the were rested for that fixture while Eden Hazard could also play some part after recovering from a back injury.

The Belgium international is favourite to open the scoring at 4.5 (7/2) with some firms, with Alvaro Morata – who was one of four different scorers at Turf Moor a week ago a 4.6 (18/5) chance with Bet Victor.

The home win is 1.29 (2/7) with some bookmakers, with the visitors as highly priced as the 13.0 (12/1) on offer from Betfair, with the draw a 6.5 (11/2) chance with the same firm.

After three straight league defeats, the Eagles draw 2-2 with Arsenal last weekend thanks to a brace of penalties from captain Luka Milivojevic.

However, they were knocked out of the EFL Cup by Championship promotion hopefuls midweek and like their opponents are set to make a number of changes with Wilfried Zaha among those set to come back in.

Zaha, who has gone five games without a goal is 14.0 (13/1) to get the first goal of the game with Bet Victorm with Milivojevic a 29.0 (28/1) chance with the same firm.

Both of last season’s meetings between the sides ended in 2-1 wins for the home sides while Palace also won by that scoreline at the Bridge towards the end of the 2016/17 season.

You can bet on both teams scoring here at 1.97 (28/29) with Unibet while Betfair offer 1.55 (11/20) for there to be three or more goals in the game.

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