Crystal Palace v Chelsea betting tips – Low scoring affair in prospect
Chelsea will find the going tough against an Eagles side which have lost just once in nine Premier League games
December 31st, 2015
Chelsea’s response to the dismissal of former boss Jose Mourinho was a 3-1 victory against Sunderland, however the West London outfit have yet to give new manager Guus Hiddink his first win. A 2-2 stalemate against Watford was followed by another draw against Manchester United, although the Dutch boss believes that the signs of improvement are there to be seen as the side moves slowly away from the dreaded drop zone.
“We have not won, but now we are three games (unbeaten) and that is important,” Hiddink said to reporters following the 0-0 draw with Manchester United. “What I think is important now is that everyone is convinced to give his best for the team. And that is what I like to see. I think it is normal to see the character of the players, the desire, but I think they showed a lot of ambition in the last three games and that is what we are asking.”
Clearly, further improvement is a necessity and a win away to Crystal Palace would do much to help the Blues’ cause. Chelsea start this clash on Sunday afternoon as firm favourites to seal the three points with Paddy Power going 23/20 for a Blues victory, however we feel that the visitors are too risky to be backed with confidence, given that the hosts have now gone six games without defeat and Chelsea have been poor away from Stamford Bridge.
Nevertheless, there are plenty of solid bets to be had and we’ll be considering backing Palace-Draw on the Double Chance market at 4/5 with Bet365. Also, with Chelsea managing just eight away goals this season and the Eagles also struggling in front of goal this term, we’ll be going for Under 2.5 goals at 4/6 with Coral. Indeed, a goal-less draw isn’t out of the question by any means – Palace’s last two outings have ended as such – and this can be backed at odds of17/2 with BetVictor, however a better option would perhaps be backing Both Teams to Score at Evens with Boylesports. Neither side is really prolific in front of goal this season and they will both be content to keep it tight at the back and hopefully nick the winning goal. A stalemate wouldn’t be a huge setback for either side and they would likely welcome such an outcome were it offered.