Kick-off: 1730, 10/04/2021
Stadium: Selhurst Park
TV: Sky Sports
Chelsea erased the memory of last weekend’s humiliating defeat by West Brom with a solid victory against Porto in the Champions League on Wednesday night as they make the short journey to Selhurst Park.
The west Londoners can move back into the top four for at least 24 hours with a draw against Palace, but Thomas Tuchel will be hoping for more than that on Saturday.
The Blues have won the last six Premier League meetings against their capital city rivals and a seventh with under 3.5 match goals at 23/20 is our first Crystal Palace vs Chelsea prediction.
A Look At Crystal Palace’s Betting Odds
Palace should have been dead and buried when they visited Goodison Park on Easter Monday, but Brazilian striker Richarlison looked rusty in front of goal and Dominic Calvert-Lewin was no better.
With time running out, Roy Hodgson made his final substitution, which turned out to be a masterstroke as Michy Batshuayi made an instant impact in securing a 1-1 draw for Palace four minutes from time.
That result means the Eagles have lost just one of their last six games, a 4-1 defeat at Tottenham where Gareth Bale and Harry Kane both bagged doubles.
Despite being safe from relegation, Palace have been batting above their average this season, with only Sheffield United and West Brom taking fewer shots, while their expected goals total in attack is the second worst in the Premier League.
Saturday’s opponents have kept 13 clean sheets in 16 games in all competitions since Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard as manager, so we’ll jump on the 8/5 in the Crystal Palace vs Chelsea odds for the visitors winning by a 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0 scoreline.
That multiple correct score would have paid out in five of the 11 Premier League games under Tuchel’s stewardship and another looks plausible against the shot-shy hosts.
Last Palace line-up: Guaita, Ward, Van Aanholt, Cahill, Milivojevic, Kouyate, Eze, Riedewald, Ayew, Zaha, Benteke.
Palace will be without loanee Batshauyi, who is ineligible to face his parent club. James McCarthy is available again after a recent groin injury, but Nathaniel Clyne (muscle), James Tomkins (eye), Mamadou Sakho (thigh) and James McArthur (calf) are still absent.
A Look At Chelsea’s Betting Odds
Chelsea have one foot in the Champions League semi-finals after goals from Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell secured an impressive 2-0 win against the Portuguese champions in Seville.
Tuchel praised midfielder Mount for scoring his first ever goal in the competition, claiming the 22-year-old England international had elevated his career once again.
He said: “The first goal was very important for us. We had been a bit too tense, not precise enough and we had lacked a bit of rhythm.
“The finish was clinical, it was excellent from Mason. He has the quality to do this, and in a quarter-final it is a big step for him and a big, big help for the team.
“Mason has the right mentality and the right attitude towards training and games. And he has the right attitude towards success. He’s got both feet on the ground, and he’s open enough and hungry to learn.
“It’s very difficult for me to compare him to different players in different positions, and different players in the same position from different clubs. But Mason is a very important player for us. A key player for us.”
Mount was also on target from off the bench in the defeat by the Baggies, having previously scored his fourth goal for England in a 2-0 World Cup qualifying win in Albania during the recent international break, so he is in form in front of goal.
With seven goals to his name in all competitions since the turn of the year, Mount to score any time at 12/5 wraps up our Crystal Palace vs Chelsea betting tips.
Last Chelsea line-up: Mendy, Rudiger, Christensen, Chilwell, James, Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Kovacic, Mount, Havertz, Werner.
Thiago Silva is suspended. N’Golo Kante could start after coming off the bench against Porto in Seville and Christian Pulisic could also be in the mix to start, with the USA forward eyeing full fitness and form.
Everton 1-1 CRYSTAL PALACE – Michy Batshuayi
Porto 0-2 CHELSEA – Mason Mount, Ben Chilwell
Head-to-head: Chelsea 4-0 Crystal Palace, Crystal Palace 2-3 Chelsea, Chelsea 2-0 Crystal Palace, Crystal Palace 0-1 Chelsea, Chelsea 3-1 Crystal Palace
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