Chelsea v Crystal Palace: Eagles to score but suffer defeat

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Life in the Premier League has been getting progressively better for Crystal Palace, losing just once in the last five matches. Unfortunately, Chelsea’s recent performances mean Jose Mourinho won’t be in a very giving mood in the run-up to Christmas.

The Blues have already shipped more goals this campaign than they did in Mourinho’s first season in charge at the club, when they won the title, and hair-pulling performances against Sunderland and Stoke in the last two league games will seek to be corrected at the cost of the Eagles.

That’s not to say Tony Pulis’ new side won’t score a goal though, as Chelsea have only managed to keep one clean sheet in 10 Premier League attempts at Stamford Bridge.

Such is Chelsea’s expected dominance in the match – they are 2/11 to win, with the draw and a Palace triumph 6/1 and 14/1 outsiders respectively – that even backing the visitors to cross a stick-thin 0.5 goals line will pay out at an odds-against 6/5. It’s a price well worth considering given Chelsea’s worries at the back of late.

Should the Selhurst Park natives find the back of the Chelsea net, that should be enough to satisfy their faithful as achievement enough. After all, the odds are heavily slanted in the Blues’ favour for a reason.

John Terry and friends have collected just two points less than Man City’s perfect home record in the league this season and have scored a minimum of two goals in each of those seven games.

So using the logic that Palace should capitalise on a defensive weakness but still lose the game it leads to a couple of potential flutters on the match.

In the coupled correct score markets a Chelsea 2-1 or 3-1 win is available at 19/4, while it’s 11/5 that both teams score and Chelsea take all the points.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Matt Wiggins

No idyllic sound comes close to leather on willow for Matt, whose previous experience includes stints with Spin Magazine and Surrey County Cricket Club. It's not just cricket that interests him though, with football, golf, tennis and any American sport not played on ice all high on his list of favourites.