Crystal Palace vs Chelsea
English Premier League
Date: Sunday, 30 December 2018
Kick-Off at 12:00 UK / 13:00 CET
Venue: Selhurst Park (London).
Chelsea survived a stern Watford test on Boxing Day at Vicarage Road thanks to Eden Hazard’s brace. The Belgian superstar took advantage of Mateo Kovacic’s pass to break the deadlock for the Blues in the first minute of the first-half stoppage-time.
The Hornets got an immediate response two minutes later through winger Roberto Pereyra. Nonetheless, Hazard had the final word as his successfully converted penalty-kick made the difference.
Maurizio Sarri’s men thus return to winning ways after a shocking home defeat to Leicester City last weekend. Chelsea escaped on a two-point cushion ahead of Arsenal in the battle for the fourth place as the Gunners slipped up away at Brighton earlier on the same day.
The Blues will be looking to end the year in a victorious fashion on Sunday when they travel to Selhurst Park to take on Crystal Palace in a small London derby.
Crystal Palace vs Chelsea: Head-to-head
Teams snatched two wins apiece in their head to head affairs in past two seasons.
Chelsea came on top 3-1 when teams met in early-November at Stamford Bridge.
Overall, Chelsea lead the H2H tie by 13 wins coming into 35th encounter with Crystal Palace.
Each of last four head to head games saw goals scored at both ends.
Crystal Palace vs Chelsea: Prediction
Palace dominated the pitch throughout the entire contest against Cardiff City on Boxing Day, but jus failed to convert numerous goal-scoring chances in front of their goal. Roy Hodgson’s men had more than 30 attempts towards goal Neil Etheridge and took as many as 12 corners to Cardiff’s one.
We can say the Glaziers continued their fine spell of form in spite of the draw. They previously picked up consecutive wins over Leicester City (1-0) and Manchester City (2-3).
Chelsea might struggle to create in the final third on Sunday as Palace did not concede a single goal in last three home outings in the league.
We thus find the value in backing the Under 2.5 goals FT bet at the odds of 2.00.
Crystal Palace vs Chelsea: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 2.00 (1/1)
Draw at the half time @ 2.30 (13/10).