Selhurst Park, London, England
Key Stat: Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 8 away games in all competitions.
Expert Verdict: Chelsea’s shock thrashing at home to lowly West Bromwich Albion was Thomas Tuchel’s first defeat since taking over from Frank Lampard at the end of January. However, they didn’t dwell on the 5-2 reverse for long, winning away against FC Porto in the Champions League on Wednesday evening with goals from Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell. For Crystal Palace, a top 10 finish isn’t out of the question, but Roy Hodgson’s side will require a consistent run of wins across their final eight fixtures to realise this.
Crystal Palace, in 12th, are now 12 points clear of the drop and don’t have a great deal left to play for this season after once again avoiding relegation. Chelsea on the other hand, in 5th, are currently in a five way tussle for the final Champions League and Europa League spot and can’t afford to slip up. The Premier League match takes place at Selhurst Park on April 10 and the live action kicks off at 17:30 local time.
Defenders:Joel Ward, Cheikhou Kouyate, Gary Cahill, Patrick van Aanholt
Midfielders:Andros Townsend, Luka Milivojevic, Jairo Riedewald, Wilfred Zaha
Forwards:Christian Benteke, Jordan Ayew
Defenders:Cesar Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen, Kurt Zouma
Defensive Midfielders:Reece James, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, Marcos Alonso
Attacking Midfielders:Timo Werner, Callum Hudson Odoi
Crystal Palace have lost their last six games against Chelsea and won only six of their last forty games against Chelsea, a run which stretches back to April 1992. Overall Chelsea have the upper hand with 30 wins to 12, which includes the 4-0 win at Stamford Bridge earlier this season. All the goals came in the second half with Ben Chilwell, Kurt Zouma and Jorginho (2) on the scoresheet for the Blues.
Chelsea are favourites and can be backed at 8/15with 10Bet to win
Chelsea to keep a clean sheet at Selhurst Park has been set at 10/11 with Betway
Timo Wener is 6/4 with 10Bet to score at any time
Coming up against Thomas Tuchel’s men when they have just suffered their first defeat is probably not the best time for Crystal Palace if they are looking to end their losing streak against Chelsea. However, they are in a comfortable position in the league courtesy of wins against the teams around them and below them and have nothing to worry about in the final stretch of games. We are backing Chelsea to make it two wins in the week and put the pressure back on the teams around them in the chase for the top four.