After such a strong season in the Championship, the general feeling is that Fulham are going to be an asset to the top flight. The Londoners do look as if they have a good squad after adding to it over the summer. Palace have slightly dipped their toes in the transfer market this summer, will they be able to have a more stable season?
Crystal Palace 11/5
* (Betting Odds were taken on August 8th, 2018 at 8:12 p.m.)
We like what Fulham have done over the summer in tweaking and strengthening the squad and the icing on the cake was landing Aleksandar Mitrovic who really produced well for them on loan last season. He is the 7/5 bet365 anytime goalscorer favourite and the youngster is well worth a look there* (Betting Odds were taken on August 8th, 2018 at 8:12 p.m.). The Cottagers have strengthened their defence with the incoming Alfie Mawson and Callum Chambers as well and they look a well-balanced squad.
They were so strong going forward last season, ending up as the second-highest goalscorers in the Championship and we have to go over 2.5 goals at 19/20 odds here* (Betting Odds were taken on August 8th, 2018 at 8:12 p.m.). Fulham get the ball down, play at pace and aren’t afraid to push on. But a big strength of their last term was also their defence which played a big part in their massive 23-match undefeated streak of form they put together. On home soil, they are likely to come out of the gates quickly.
It does look as if Palace are going to hold on to their prized asset of Wilfried Zaha and that’s so important for them. In the nine games he missed through injury last season, Palace didn’t earn a single point. The Eagles, of course, had that shocking start to last season, losing their first seven games without scoring a single goal in the process. They have added Cheikhou Kouyate from West Ham, which looks to be a good fit in midfield, while also having grabbed Max Meyer on a free transfer.
That was a smart bit of opportunistic business by the Eagles. But aside from that, it is pretty much as they were. Palace only took four away wins last season and their defence was absolutely shambolic at times. But with Zaha there they are worth backing to get on the board and both teams to score is at 7/10 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on August 8th, 2018 at 8:12 p.m.). At the back end of last season, Palace scored at least two goals in all but one of their last six games.
The last time Palace and Fulham met was in the 2013/14 Premier League season and it was Fulham who came out on top four points from the two games. Fulham are unbeaten in three games against the Eagles and they are W3 L1 overall in their four previous Premier League games against Palace. Each of the last three have gone over the 2.5 goal line.
It is well worth getting behind the Cottagers here. They played some excellent stuff last season and importantly got Aleksandar Mitrovic on a permanent deal and the striker gave them a great edge last season. Palace for us haven’t done enough in the summer so we are going with a Fulham to win & both teams to score option for our Fulham v Crystal Palace betting tips.
9th August 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
The Baggies won’t get to fight for their Premier League survival on the final day of the season after all. They were relegated in midweek when Southampton beat Swansea in a big relegation scrap. The Eagles will go into the game free and clear of any relegation concerns and in good form as well.
Crystal Palace 4/5, Draw 13/5, West Brom 10/3* (Betting Odds taken at 10:55 p.m. on May 9th, 2018)
The Eagles have gone five matches unbeaten, winning three of those. They have shown great commitment and quality down the back stretch and find themselves up in the middle of the table. So they get a chance to relax and enjoy themselves in this one and each of their last four at Selhurst Park have produced at least three goals so it’s worth a look at over 2.5 goals with William Hill for 17/20 odds* (betting odds taken on May 9th, 2018 at 6:10 a.m.). The Eagles have won their last two home games scoring eight goals in the process with a 3-2 win over Brighton and a 5-0 over Leicester. They have found the back of the net in each of their last five home games and as they really can’t be trusted all that much for clean sheets, both teams to score may be worth a flutter in this one. They have not taken a clean sheet in any home game against a side currently down in the bottom half of the table this season. They have taken a clean sheet in just 17% of their home games. After their slow start the season the Eagles have now averaged 1.5 goals per game on home soil and pretty much Wilfried Zaha has been at the centre of everything good that the Eagles have done during their run-in.
West Brom’s brief flirtation with survival has come to an end. Despite fighting back to go W3 D2 in their last five games, Southampton’s victory at Swansea in midweek relegated the Baggies. West Brom have lost all of their away games this season against sides currently sitting twelfth and lower. The Eagles are 11th. West Brom have won just three times on their travels this season and two of those have been in their last two games, both 1-0 successes at Manchester United and then Newcastle. In the William Hill correct score market the shortest priced option is a 1-1 draw at 13/2 odds* (betting odds taken on May 9th, 2018 at 6:10 a.m.) while another 1-0 for West Brom would bring 12/1 odds* (betting odds taken on May 9th, 2018 at 6:10 a.m.). Their overall away record for the season is just W3 D4 L11 and they have tallied only the ten goals. But they have scored in each of their last eight league games now home and away and so there has been a lot of improvement just a little too late. They have been 0-0 at half time in sixteen of their matches this season so you may want to consider that as a betting option too.
There was a 0-0 draw between these two back at the start of December and that leaves the Eagles undefeated in their last two against West Brom. In the last five Premier League meetings things are even though with two wins each and a draw. West Brom did win this corresponding fixture last season 1-0. Four of the last five meetings have ended under 2.5 goals and both teams have scored in just one of those.
The Eagles are flying at the moment and should be able to close out the season with a win. They have a good positive attitude about them and even though the Baggies have fought so well at the end, the outcome is deflating for them. Home win.
11th May 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
This could end up being make or break for Stoke this weekend. They head into the weekend three points from safety and with the worst goal difference in the entire top flight. There is a chance they could be relegated this weekend if they don’t win this. Palace are on a four-match undefeated streak and have clawed their way up into mid table safety.
Stoke 6/4, Crystal Palace 9/5, Draw 9/4* (Betting Odds taken at 8:08 p.m. on April 30th, 2018)
It could well be make or break for Stoke this weekend. They are three points away from safety ,and have played a game more than those above them. The situation is looking dire. The Potters have drawn their last three games and picked up something of a surprising point at Anfield against Liverpool last weekend. So they are showing some fight, unfortunately what they need is wins. Even if they do win their last two games, that doesn’t guarantee survival. This is their last home game of the season and on home soil, they are W5 D5 L8 for the season. They haven’t managed a win in any of their last six on home soil and have no clean sheet in their last five at the Bet365. They have struggled in front of goal and have scored just 19 in 18 home fixtures. Considering that 61% of their home games have gone over 2.5 goals, it doesn’t say much about their defence. Over 2.5 goals with bookmaker bet365 is at 9/10 odds* (betting odds taken at 5:33 p.m. on May 1st, 2018). They have conceded 61% of their home goals in the second half of games.
Palace have been in great form recently with a four-match undefeated streak of form going. They are W2 D2 in those four games, the two draws happening in their last two away games at Bournemouth and Watford. Palace are actually unbeaten in three on the road (W1 D2) so they are carrying the form to avoid defeat. Palace have been level at half time in 10 of their 18 away games this season so the half-time draw at bet365 is well worth a shout in this one. Palace still average under a goal per game scored away from home this season but that is because of their bad start. They have scored in all but one of their last ten games out on the road. Wilfried Zaha has been their star performer this season since getting back from injury and he is the 2/1 anytime goalscorer favourite* (betting odds taken at 5:33 p.m. on May 1st, 2018). Palace have done so well to get themselves safe but mathematically they aren’t there yet because of having played a game more than most of those beneath them. But they are in form and a point wouldn’t be a disaster at all for them.
Palace were 2-1 winners at Selhurst Park against Stoke back in November and in the last five Premier League meetings the Eagles up in the head to head against the Potters. Palace are W4 L1 in their last five league games against them and four of their last five successes against Stoke in all competitions have been by a one-goal margin. Palace have won two of their last three league visits to Stoke (L1) as well.
Stoke appear to be up for the fight but the quality is just lacking. Their point against a distracted Liverpool last weekend was great, but failure to beat West Ham and Burnley before that is an indicator that they may miss out on the points. Draw.
2nd May 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Palace couldn’t find a winner against Watford on the weekend and had to settle for a share of the spoils. It leaves them six points clear of the relegation zone heading into the weekend though and with a great chance of staying up. Leicester couldn’t come up with a winner either against Southampton in their midweek game at home against the relegation Saints, settling for a point.
Crystal Palace 21/20, Draw 5/2, Leicester 5/2* (Betting Odds taken at 6:25 p.m. on April 23rd, 2018)
The Eagles have returned a good five points from their last three league games and look to be well on their way to staying safe this season. They took a 3-2 win over Brighton in their last home fixture, snapping a three-match losing streak that they were on at Selhurst Park. On the weekend the Eagles played out a 0-0 draw with Watford away from home to pick up another survival point. Crystal Palace haven’t managed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last five at home and indeed have shipped at least two goals in each of their last three at Selhurst Park. Both teams to score at William Hill is at 4/6 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 9:58 p.m. on April 23rd, 2018). Palace have only failed to score in one of their last six on home soil and they are actually undefeated at home against sides sitting between 7th and 13th currently in the table. In the William Hill correct score market a Crystal Palace 2-1 option is at 15/2 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 9:58 p.m. on April 23rd, 2018). 65% of games at Selhurst Park this season have ended over 2.5 goals so this should be entertaining.
The Foxes haven’t been delivering with their usual intensity as they have only taken the two wins in their last ten league game (D4 L4). They were surprisingly flat for most of their home game last week against the relegation-threatened Southampton where they played out a 0-0 draw. Leicester suffered a 2-1 loss at Burnley in their last away game and that is a W2 L3 record in their last five road games, so they are hit and miss. Overall for the season away from the King Power the Foxes are W5 D5 L7. A half-time draw at William Hill is well worth a look at because Leicester have been drawing at half time in 12 of their 17 away games. They have produced well enough in front of goal with an average of 1.6 goals per away game, but defensively they have been around the same mark. There has been a clean sheet in just 18% of their away games in total this season. Leicester are on a five-match scoring streak away from home and Jamie Vardy has a nine-goal haul for the season on the road, making him their top away scorer. 65% of their away games this term have ended over 2.5 goals.
Palace were 3-0 winners at the King Power earlier this season in what was a bit of a surprise result. Leicester are actually W3 D1 L1 in their last five league outings against the Eagles so have a head to head lead. The Foxes have taken four points from their last two visits to Selhurst Park as well. Each of the last three Premier League fixtures between the pair have gone above the 2.5 goal line but both teams have scored in just two of the last seven games.
Palace could be a bit of value here. They play with a pretty good intensity and like to get themselves on the front foot and with Leicester not looking quite at their best at the moment, the Eagles could be left breathing a little easier with a three-point haul in this one.
25th April 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Crystal Palace did their survival hopes the power of good last weekend with a 3-2 win at home over Brighton last weekend. That was just the boost they needed and will be looking to get something out of this trip to Watford. The Hornets stayed out of form with a 1-0 defeat out at Huddersfield on the weekend, leaving them with just one point from their last five games.
Crystal Palace 6/4, Watford 13/8, Draw 21/10* (Betting Odds taken at 4:04 p.m. on April 16th, 2018)
Watford’s form has really taken a nosedive. They have collected only the one point from their last five league games played now which was a home draw against Bournemouth at the end of March. The Hornet’s lost 1-0 at Huddersfield on the weekend and things just aren’t happening for them. They have now failed to score in three of their last five games and under 2.5 goals at Paddy Power is at 3/4 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 4:04 p.m. on April 16th, 2018). As a positive, Watford have scored in each of their last twelve home games which is a great streak so backing both teams to score in the match should be a decent option. At the back, they have conceded at least two goals in their last two home fixtures. Watford have conceded 1.76 goals per game at home on average this season. Of the goals that they have netted at Vicarage Road this season 68% of them have cropped up in the second half of games so perhaps a half-time draw is worth a look as well. In total Watford have conceded at least one goal in 76% of their home league games this season.
The Eagles gave themselves a huge boost on the weekend with a 3-2 win at home over Brighton which just eased them away a little further from trouble. They aren’t out of the woods yet though but they could get something out of this as they are catching Watford at the right time by the look of it. Palace’s away form is just W3 D5 L9 but they have collected four points from their last two road games. Palace are on a nine-match scoring streak away from home at the moment and they have netted exactly two in their last two. The Paddy Power correct score market has the 1-1 draw as the shorted priced option but a Crystal Palace 2-1 success could offer some appeal at 9/1 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 4:04 p.m. on April 16th, 2018). Of the goals that Crystal Palace have scored on their travels, 71% of them have come in the second half of matches. Luka Milivojevic is their top scorer away from home this season with six road goals and he is a 16/5 anytime goalscorer option* (Betting Odds taken at 4:04 p.m. on April 16th, 2018) for this one.
Palace were 2-1 winners at home earlier this season and that is a four-match undefeated streak of form that they have going over Watford across all competitions. Palace’s last two wins over the Hornets have been by a 2-1 scoreline and last season they took a draw at Vicarage Road, leaving them unbeaten there in their last six visits in all competitions.
Crystal Palace have enough energy and gusto about them to go and get three points. Things just aren’t happening for Watford at the moment, so back the visitors to pull of three massive survival points at Vicarage Road.
18th April 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Palace collected a point last weekend at Bournemouth which leaves them three points only above the drop zone. They threw away maximum points in the last minute as well, so how much will that come back to haunt them? Brighton are four points better off than the Eagles are and got a point of their own against Huddersfield last weekend. This looks like a tricky away game for them though.
Crystal Palace 5/6, Draw 23/10, Brighton 10/3* (Betting Odds taken at 11:22 p.m. on April 9th, 2018)
The Eagles have taken only the four points from their last seven league games, but they have all come in their last three fixtures. They so nearly got three points at Bournemouth last weekend but conceded an equaliser in the 89th minute. That was a big blow. They head back to Selhurst Park this weekend looking to snap a three-match losing streak and a winless four-match streak there. Granted they have hosted Spurs, Man Utd and Liverpool in their last three home fixture. The Eagles do at least go out and show a lot of fight and most of their games are pretty close. They have only taken a clean sheet in 12% of their home games this season though and they are without one in any of their last four. But they are facing a Brighton side who aren’t loaded with goals and Palace to win to nil at Paddy Power is at 15/8 odds * (Betting Odds taken at 11:22 p.m. on April 9th, 2018). Every point matters now for Palace and Luka Milivojevic is playing a big part for them having scored in each of Palace’s last three games.
If Brighton loses this they would see Palace move to within a point of them and that would make them sweat a bit. The Seagulls are winless in three league games now (D1 L2) and they collected a point at home against Huddersfield last weekend. Away from home, they have only won twice this season and they are without one in any of their last nine on the road. Brighton have not kept a clean sheet in any of their last eleven Premier League games so there should be chances here for Palace. In the Paddy Power correct score market a Crystal Palace 1-0 is at 5/1 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 11:22 p.m. on April 9th, 2018) which looks a reasonable proposition. Brighton, after all, have scored in just two of their last nine away from the Amex. They only totaled the seven away goals all season and each of their last ten away from home have ended under 2.5 goals, so that is another big trend to look for in this one. Just 13% of their away fixtures this season have produced at least three goals. So expect a tight game.
This will be the third meeting between the two of them this season. There was a 0-0 league draw between them at the Amex, while Brighton took a 2-1 victory there in the FA Cup meeting in January. Those were the first games between them since the 2012/13 Championship season when Palace beat Brighton in the promotion play-offs. Both teams have scored in just one of the last six meetings with things even between them in that sequence of matches with two wins each and four draws.
Palace really should have won at Bournemouth last weekend, but at least they showed adventure and fight and got their goals. Brighton have just gone off the boil a little bit again and this isn’t an easy away game under the circumstances. Palace should be able to take them down.
11th April 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
The Cherries are holding their ground in the middle of the table and should be safe for the season. The same cannot be said of the Eagles though who will be banking on something of a favourable fixture list in their run-in to the end of the season to get themselves safe. They are only two points above the drop zone heading into the weekend so have plenty still to sweat on.
Bournemouth 6/4, Crystal Palace 15/8, Draw 11/5* (Betting Odds taken at 00:26 a.m. on April 5th, 2018)
Bournemouth have only suffered the two defeats since Christmas so it has been a hugely positive second half of the season for them. They picked up a point last weekend at Watford thanks to a last-minute equaliser from Jermain Defoe. They have produced a W1 D3 L1 record in their last five league games now. Their home form is solid with just one the defeat in their last seven at the Vitality and they beat down West Brom in their last home fixture. Overall for the season, Bournemouth are W6 D4 L6 for the season at home where they have averaged 1.4 goals per game but have only managed to collect a clean sheet in 12% of their games. Both teams to score at bet365, therefore, is a decent proposition at 4/6 odds* (betting odds taken on March 5th, 2018 at 4:17 p.m.). In total, only 25% of Bournemouth’s home games have finished under 2.5 goals and each of their last eight home games have made it to at least three goals, so there is a good trend there. The Cherries are on a seven-match scoring streak at home but are without a clean sheet in ten there. Of the goals that they have produced at the Vitality this season, 70% of them have come in the second half of matches. The Cherries are on a thirteen match scoring streak in the top flight home and away combined.
Crystal Palace have gone W1 L5 in their last six Premier League games, but to be fair they had three really tough games in that sequence against Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United to deal with. The fixture list opens up ahead of them now until the end of the season and that will boost their chances of getting safe. They produced a 2-0 win at Huddersfield in their last away game, snapping a four-match winless streak of road from that they were on. The Eagles have netted in each of their last eight road games and are good value to get on the scoresheet against Bournemouth’s slack defence. Palace have only managed to return the 12 away goals for the season while they have conceded an average of 1.5 per road game. It is worth looking
over 2.5 goals with bet365 is at 17/20 odds* (betting odds taken on March 5th, 2018 at 4:17 p.m.). Of the goals Palace have scored on the road, 67% of them have come in the second half of matches this season and Luka Milivojevic is their top scorer away from home this season with a five-goal haul. Christian Benteke (2) is the only other Palace player with more than one goal on the road this term.
Palace won this corresponding fixture 2-0 last season and they are unbeaten in their last three duels with the Cherries in the top flight (W1 D2). There was a 2-2 draw between them at Selhurst Park back in December and from the five previous Premier League meetings between the two clubs, it is actually Bournemouth who are 2-1 ahead with two drawn matches. They have only taken one point from their previous two Premier League home games against the Eagles though, failing to score in both.
A draw wouldn’t be out of the picture in his one. As last weekend proved, Bournemouth have a lot of resilience and fight about them and winning games on the road is still a tough thing to do for the Eagles in their situation. They would probably take a point out of this one.
5th April 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Crystal Palace need to pick up where they left off before the International Break. They collected a hugely important win over Huddersfield to boost their survival chances. However, this is such a tough game for them to get back into action with. Liverpool are firing along still pressing hard for a top-two finish. Palace can only hope to catch them cold on their return to action.
Liverpool 2/5, Draw 7/2, Crystal Palace 13/2* (Betting Odds taken at 03:22 a.m. on March 26th, 2018)
Palace were on a poor slide of form in the Premier League before landing an important 2-0 away win at Huddersfield just before the international break. That snapped a run of seven winless fixtures that they were on, increasing their risk of relegation. They are still in the relegation mixer though starting the weekend just two points clear of the drop zone. This is a tough game for them, but it really is their last really tough fixture that they have to plough through from now to the end of the season. Palace hold a W4 D5 L6 record at home this season and they are winless in their last three at Selhurst Park, losing their last two against Spurs and Manchester United there. Palace have a W1 D2 L3 record in their last six on home soil. They are getting forward, but have been lacking a bit of finishing class in the box and their defence is no doubt going to come under some heavy pressure in his one. Both teams to score at Bet365 is at 3/4 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 04:27 p.m. on March 26th, 2018).
The Reds are duelling with Manchester United for second place in the league and they have been in decent enough form, winning four of their last five league outings. The only game they failed to win in that sequence was a trip to Old Trafford. The Reds thumped Watford 5-0 before the international break with Mo Salah bagging four and he is the bet365 first goalscorer favourites at 5/2 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 04:27 p.m. on March 26th, 2018). The Reds are W8 D3 L4 on their travels this season in the top flight, going W2 L2 in their last four away from Anfield. They can, of course, be relied on for goals and have averaged 2.3 per away game which should help this game get above that 2.5 goal line pretty comfortably. The Reds have scored in each of their last seven league fixtures now and in the bet365 correct score market, a Liverpool 2-1 option isn’t a bad option really to consider for this one. There is a great chance for them to heap some pressure back onto the shoulders of Manchester United in the race for second.
Over the last six Premier League meetings things are even with three wins each actually. The Reds took a 1-0 win over Palace earlier in the season at Anfield but both teams have scored in eight of the last nine league meetings. Ten of the last eleven meetings in all competitions have gone over 2. 5 goals. So it is likely that this will be an entertaining game. Palace are winless in three home games against Liverpool in all competitions.
Liverpool to win and both teams to score looks to be the right option to roll with in this one. The Reds are obviously the stronger of the two and Palace will have trouble containing them. It gets much easier for Palace after this one, they just need to see it out.
27th March 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
This is an absolutely massive game for both of these sides as they look to stave off relegation. Huddersfield starts four points clear of Palace going into this one, with the Eagles third from bottom. A home win would do wonders for the Terriers’ chances of staying up, while the Eagles need to try and snap a four-match losing streak to give themselves renewed hope of avoiding relegation.
Crystal Palace 13/8, Huddersfield 9/5, Draw 2/1* (Betting Odds taken at 6:49 p.m. on March 13th, 2018)
The Terriers are W2 D1 L1 in their last four, the loss in that sequence coming against Spurs. So they are doing alright at the moment and they are unbeaten in their last two on home soil, collecting four points. Overall this season the Terriers are W5 D5 L5 on home soil in the top flight where they have averaged exactly one goal per game. They have done alright at the back to be fair, earning a clean sheet in 40% of their home games. Under 2.5 goals at Ladbrokes may be the way to swing at 4/7 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 6:49 p.m. on March 13th, 2018). Huddersfield have scored 67% of their home games in the first half of matches this season and have been leading at half time in six of their home fixtures. Three of their five home wins have been by a one-goal margin and if you are backing them in this one, then that’s probably a bit of value to add to your options. They have the fight in them, despite problems scoring goals and will want to avoid defeat at all costs here.
The Eagles are on a four-match losing streak at the moment, granted they have come through a tough sequence of games. But they are winless in seven with just the two points collected in what sequence, so there are bigger troubles. Aside from a meeting with Liverpool soon, they have a fairly comfortable run in but have to start delivering and snapping losing form can be a tough thing to do. The Eagles have scored in each of their last seven away games and a lot of attention will be on Wilfried Zaha after his return from injury and he’s worth a look in the Ladbrokes anytime goalscorer market. There has been no clean sheet in their last six games away from Selhurst Park in the league. Palace have only managed the ten away goals all season while they have conceded an average of 1.7 goals per game on their travels. Of the goals that they have come up with on the road, half of them have been in the final fifteen minutes of matches. They need to start coming up with something.
After a meeting in the EFL Cup this season, this will be the third clash between Palace and Huddersfield this season. The previous two were both at Selhurst Park with them sharing wins, Huddersfield winning there in the league before Palace took the EFL CUp win. The Terriers are W2 D2 L1 in their last five games against the Eagles. Both teams have scored in just one of the last five meetings.
Palace badly need a win in this one however, the Terriers are a bit of value here to produce the win. They have avoided defeat against sides around them recently and can do the same in this one. They are worth a flutter to get a vital three points.
14th March 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
This could end up being a tough game for Chelsea. The Blues are well out of sorts at the moment and their chance of a top-four finish looks to be fading a bit. Buy Crystal Palace, despite some good performances recently are still in massive relegation trouble as they were once again thwarted by conceding a late goal in a loss against Manchester United last Monday.
Chelsea 3/10, Draw 21/5, Crystal Palace 10/1* (Betting Odds taken at 00:22 a.m. on March 7th, 2018)
The Blues have been having a really rough time of things lately with four defeats in their last five Premier League games played. Three of those four losses though were away from home and the Blues have been in pretty decent shape on home soil. They are W4 D1 L1 in their last six at Stamford Bridge, beating West Brom handsomely in their last home fixture. Overall the Blues are W9 D2 L3 this season at home in the Premier League where they have taken a clean sheet in 64% of their games. Chelsea to win to nil at William Hill is at 10/11 odds* (betting odds taken at 00:45 a.m on March 8th, 2018). Chelsea are crying out for a striker to hit top form again as their chances of getting into the top four are pretty slim without either Alvaro Morata or Olivier Giroud going on a tear. Chelsea have averaged 1.7 goals per game at home this season while they have conceded at just 0.7 per game which is good. They have just been at sixes and sevens lately across the back line with only one clean sheet taken in their last five played. Both teams to score at bet365 is at 11/10.
Palace are struggling along on a three-match losing streak but that doesn’t tell the whole story. Their last two losses, at home against Tottenham and Manchester United, saw them go down in each because of conceding a late goal. But they back in the drop zone and feeling the pressure and have missed Wilfried Zaha tremendously. They are D1 L2 in their last three games on the road and overall home and away are winless in six now (D2 L4). They have only collected the two away victories all season, losing eight so they are going to be vulnerable again here. Over 2.5 goals at bet365 is at 7/10 odds* (betting odds taken at 00:45 a.m on March 8th, 2018). Just once this season have the Eagles been ahead at half time on the road, but they have managed to score in each of their last six away games though. Problematically they have conceded in each of their last five games away from Selhurst Park and have taken a clean sheet in just 21% of their away fixtures. Two-thirds of the goals they have come up with on their travels have been in the second half of matches. Given their current standing and current form, anything out of this fixture would be a pretty big boon for the Eagles.
Palace sprung a surprise 2-1 home win over Chelsea earlier this season and that is back to back Premier League wins that they have taken over the Blues. Palace have actually won three of their last five against Chelsea in the top flight (L2) and each of those wins were by a 2-1 scoreline. The Blues have lost their last two home games against the Eagles.
Despite some brave performances, the Eagles keep coming up short and therefore Chelsea should be favoured to get the win. The Blues have been pretty stable at home this season and most of their issues lately have been on the road. Look for the home side to edge it probably by not more than a one-goal margin.
8th March 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting