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Chelsea vs Crystal Palace Predictions

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England Premier League | Stamford Bridge | 3rd October
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Chelsea vs Crystal Palace predictions for Saturday’s Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge. Can Frank Lampard’s inconsistent Blues beat Crystal Palace for the sixth time in a row? Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.

Predictions & Tips

We use stars to rate our confidence in our tips, with 3 being most confident to 1 being the least.
Over 2.5 Match Goals @ 8/13

We use stars to rate our confidence in our tips, with 3 being most confident to 1 being the least.
Chelsea 3-2 @ 25/1

We use stars to rate our confidence in our tips, with 3 being most confident to 1 being the least.
Timo Werner To Score Anytime @ 4/5

Reason For Chelsea vs Crystal Palace Predictions

  • Over 2.5 goals were scored in five of the last seven meetings between Chelsea and Palace.
  • Chelsea beat Crystal Palace in each of the clubs’ last five Premier League meetings.
  • Chelsea’s league matches have averaged 3.66 goals per 90 minutes this term.
  • Chelsea scored three times in two of their three league matches so far this term.

Chelsea feeling the Blues

It hasn’t been the most enjoyable of weeks for Frank Lampard and his new-look Chelsea team, who head into their weekend tussle with Crystal Palace having won just once in four attempts in all competitions.

Lampard’s early struggle to find a tactical formula to get the best out of Chelsea’s raft of expensive new signings continues to have a major knock-on effect on defensive performances, and the Eagles should have spaces to exploit and opportunities to score at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Chelsea’s glaring deficiencies at the back saw them ship three first half goals at West Brom last week, and though the Blues did brilliantly to rescue a point in the second period, their confidence took another knock in mid-week following a penalty kick exit to Jose Mourinho and Spurs in the Carabao Cup.

This weekend, Chelsea have a chance to restore some much-needed positivity against a Crystal Palace outfit they have beaten five times on the bounce however.

Eagles perfect start comes to an end

Having benefitted from a similar VAR intervention in their unexpected 3-1 win over Man Utd the week before, the Eagles fell foul of the controversial handball rule changes themselves on Saturday against Everton, conceding a first half penalty that proved the game’s pivotal moment in a 2-1 defeat to the Toffees.

The loss, which brought an end to Palace’s early but short lived two-game winning streak, was the Eagles’ fourth defeat in six at Selhurst Park since the beginning of last season’s Project Restart.

While the manner of their defeat against Everton was tough to absorb, Palace did at least maintain their 100% scoring rate in the Premier League this season, and having failed to register in six of their final eight fixtures last term, Roy Hodgson will welcome his team’s improved output.

Exciting tussle anticipated at Stamford Bridge

While Chelsea are understandably favourites to collect maximum points from their clash with Palace at Stamford Bridge this weekend, the Blues’ inability to keep things tight in their own third means a first Premier League clean sheet of the season for Frank Lampard is unlikely.

Crystal Palace tend to thrive as the counter-attackers, and in Wilfried Zaha, Jeff Schlupp, Andros Townsend and Jordan Ayew, the Eagles have quarter of pacey runners than can threaten quickly from deep positions if a possession hungry Chelsea team drop their guard.

Chelsea’s defensive lapses were often offset by their potency further up the field last season however, and the same pattern seems to be emerging in 2020/21. With chances plentiful at both ends, the Blues’ matches have averaged 3.66 goals per 90 minutes this term – and the evidence suggests their latest skirmish with Palace should be just as open.

When Chelsea and Palace last faced off in July, the Blues came out on the right side of a five-goal thriller – which was the fifth time in seven encounters between the clubs where over 2.5 goals were registered – and Saturday’s re-match has all the makings of a similarly exciting contest.

With all the factors aligned, the over 2.5 goals market looks worth backing at the prices quoted, while another 3-2 Chelsea win is out pick for a correct score prediction.

The Blues are targeting their sixth straight Premier League victory against Palace this weekend, and having scored three times in two of their first three league fixtures of the 2020/21 campaign, Chelsea can notch the same number again on Saturday.

Werner to finally make his mark?

German international Timo Werner finally broke his duck in mid-week for his new club with a typically well taken finish against Spurs in the Carabao Cup.

The new Chelsea hitman has yet to find the net in the Premier League however, despite racking up 10 attempts on goal across three appearances, though we think his strike on Tuesday should arm him with enough self-belief to finish off a chance against the Eagles on Saturday.

Chelsea injuries and team news

Billy Gimour is Chelesa’s only major injury concern. Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic are both closing in on a return, though neither is expected to be risked before the international break.

New keeper Edouard Mendy and left-back Ben Chilwell are expected to make their Premier League debuts.

Crystal Palace injuries and team news

Palace still have a glut of injuries to contend with. Gary Cahill, Patrick van Aanholt, James Tomkins, Conor Wickham and Nathan Ferguson are all confirmed absentees, while Jeffrey Schlupp and Scott Dann are doubts.

Michy Batshuayi, who is on loan with the Eagles from Chelaea, cannot play against his parent club.

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