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Crystal Palace vs Chelsea Predictions

England Premier League | Selhurst Park | 7th July
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Crystal Palace vs Chelsea predictions for Tuesday’s Premier League clash at Selhurst Park. Chelsea are out to continue their Champions League push in this visit to Palace. Read on for our free Premier League predictions and betting tips.

Predictions & Tips

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Chelsea Over 1.5 Team Goals @ 4/7

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Chelsea 2-0 @ 6/1

Reason For Crystal Palace vs Chelsea Predictions

  • Chelsea have scored 60 Premier League goals this season
  • Palace have conceded twice in all seven clashes with the current top four
  • The Eagles have faced 13 shots per game on average this term
  • Chelsea have scored twice in each of their last four away games

Chelsea on track

After their setback at West Ham, Chelsea surged back in the Champions League chase with a 3-0 victory over Watford. The Blues cruised to that win, but they are under more pressure this week as they face another London derby. Frank Lampard’s men are only two points clear of Manchester United after the weekend’s results, but on the bright side, they do have a great chance to move third this week.

Crystal Palace have seen their European hopes fade after some poor form, but they can still dent Chelsea’s chances of making the top four this term with a victory. However, Palace have lost all of their last four meetings with the Blues – including a 2-0 loss at Stamford Bridge earlier this term. Having been hurt by Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic in that meeting, will Lampard’s young talents clip the Eagles’ wings this week?

Palace’s slow restart

the hosts were in a strong position after their first game back, which brought a 2-0 win at a poor Bournemouth side. However, the European hopes they harboured after that win have basically gone after losing three straight games to nil. The Eagles are fresh from a 3-0 humbling against Leicester at the weekend, having held out for the first half. There was little hope for Roy Hodgson’s side after Kelechi Iheanacho’s opener, as they are the league’s second-lowest scorers. Can they keep pace with a Chelsea side who have notched 60 goals so far this season?

Palace have done enough against the weaker sides to thrive this term – winning eight of 11 clashes with the current bottom six. However, that accounts for all but three of their wins this season. The Eagles have failed to win at home to a top-half side, while the rest of the top four have all won at Selhurst Park so far.

Their poor return against top sides has seen them lose six of seven meetings with the top four overall. They’ve conceded twice in all seven of those matches, while we expect the quality gap to tell without the Selhurst Park faithful in support. The hosts have conceded 13 chances per game on average this season, which is a huge concern as they look to halt a quick and creative Chelsea side.

There is further bad news for the home side, as they don’t look well placed to harm the Blues on Tuesday. While Chelsea’s defence problems have been regularly exposed, the Eagles have scored only 12 times in their 16 home matches. While we’ve seen corners come Chelsea’s Achilles heel, the hosts have scored only two goals from a set-piece this season. With Luca Milivojevic in the side and a physical presence at the back, that return should be higher. There’s seemingly not enough focus on their set-piece threat, which should make Lampard relax a little here.

Blues can continue scoring form

Palace may not have enough of a scoring threat, but the visitors are looking sharp in attack. The looming arrivals of Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech seem to have spurred on the current players. Christian Pulisic has looked electric since the restart, while Willian has notched in three straight games. The Blues have scored nine times in their four games in the league since returning to action, hitting at least two in every game.

The Blues have averaged just shy of 16 chances per away game in the league. That’s paid off for the visitors, who have found the net 33 times in 16 away games. Each of their last four trips have seen the Blues score two goals, while they have found the net twice or more in 11 of their last 15 matches on the road. That includes each of their three London derbies on the road this season, so we are backing over 1.5 Chelsea goals in this clash.

With Palace unlikely to hurt Chelsea through set pieces, we see the Blues keeping a second clean sheet on the spin. All but one of Palace’s home defeats have been to nil, while their streaking of conceding to the top sides has us backing a 2-0 victory for Chelsea on Tuesday night.

Key battle: Cheikhou Kouyate vs Mason Mount

While he didn’t get on the scoresheet on Tuesday night, Mason Mount won man of the match thanks to his impressive work from midfield against Watford. The Hornets may have started with five midfielders, but they still gave Mount enough space to pull the strings. The Englishman stepped into Mateo Kovacic’s role at the weekend and easily adapted to the style of one of the Blues’ players of the season.

Mount made 27 passes in the final third at the weekend, creating chances and helping his side keep possession. If Palace don’t learn from that, then they are likely to get overrun in this clash. Key to that will be Kouyate, who is Palace’s most consistent midfielder in terms of tackling success.

Kouyate is also part of a three-man midfield who have been impressive in blocking passing moves, with 130 interceptions and 87 passes blocked between them. The test will be pulling that off against a technical Chelsea midfield with wingers who can stretch the pitch.

Crystal Palace vs Chelsea team news

Palace are likely to start with their usual 4-5-1 system, packing the midfield and looking for support out wide. Gary Cahill is expected to face his former side, but Christian Benteke is a doubt for the Eagles.

Crystal Palace predicted line-up: Guaita – Ward, Cahill, Sakho, Aanholt – Townsend, McArthur, Milivojovic, Kouyate, Zaha – Ayew

Chelsea head into this one without Mateo Kovavic, who missed the victory over Watford on Saturday. Frank Lampard will have little reason to change things up after a convincing victory over Watford, which could leave Jorginho out in the cold once again. After a much-needed clean sheet without him, Marcos Alonso is likely to sit out too.

Chelsea predicted line-up: Kepa – James, Christensen, Zouma, Azpilicueta – Barkley, Kante, Mount – Willian, Giroud, Pulisic

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