Betting tips Chelsea vs. Crystal Palace

No stopping Sarri-ball

Chelsea are on a roll, while Palace are on the slide. This Sunday afternoon London derby will go only one way, surely?

Chelsea

The last two occasions the Blues have won the league, they’ve done so on the back of disappointing campaigns the year before. And it appears the same pattern could be on the cards this term. The 5th place finish and constant troubles seen under departing manager Antonio Conte last season now seem a distant memory for the Chelsea faithful enjoying every moment of ‘Sarri-ball’.

The Italian is certainly living up to the tag which credits his fast-paced, possession-based style of attacking football. Not only are Chelsea back to a level of consistency expected of them, they are winning games with a swagger slightly unfamiliar to supporters used to the defensive mindset favoured by previous regimes under messrs Mourinho and Conte.

Chelsea look the real deal

Everything seems to be falling into place for Chelsea at the moment; Eden Hazard looks to have re-focused his mind on London rather than Madrid, while what we’re seeing from a revitalised Ross Barkley is an unexpected but pleasant surprise for supporters and manager alike.

Based on what we’ve seen so far, Chelsea look the real deal and capable of pushing favourites City and Liverpool the distance in the title race. They’ve made light work of dispatching similar opponents to Palace of late – 3-0 at Southampton and 4-0 at Burnley – and I see a scoreline akin to those being recorded on Sunday.

League position: 3rd

Crystal Palace

Palace fans are becoming accustomed to their side starting slow. One win from their opening ten games last season, has only been bettered by one at the same stage of this campaign. A cluster of draws at least sees The Eagles with twice the number of points (eight) but irrespective of this, another season of struggle surely beckons for Hodgson’s men.

Their problem lies in attack where Christian Benteke barely got going before being ruled out injured until the new year and Wilfried Zaha has struggled for consistency. Yes, they played their part in an entertaining draw with Arsenal but this was only courtesy of two penalties. You couldn’t see Palace scoring otherwise, a scenario not too uncommon this year having drawn blanks in half their fixtures so far.

The same problem contributed to their midweek exit in the League Cup. They had the better of the chances at Middlesbrough but just couldn’t convert. They’ll be lucky to even be afforded those type of chances at Stamford Bridge where Chelsea will be intent on extending their unbeaten start.

The visitors will take a crumb of comfort from holding Arsenal but three defeats on the road already to Watford, Bournemouth and Everton – teams they should really be taking points from – doesn’t bode well for facing a team on another level to them.

League position: 14th

Match tip

I hadn’t seen much value in backing the hosts but doing so with a -2 Asian handicap seems fairly risk-free in my eyes.

So far, only Manchester City have scored more goals than Chelsea who look set to welcome back the league’s joint top scorer, Hazard from injury. Yet, even if the Belgian fails to recover in time, Chelsea have plenty of attacking threat to see off Palace in comfortable fashion.

My tip: Chelsea -2 AH (money back if the win by 2) at odds of 11/8 (2.32)

Like if you agree with Nick's Tips

How did you bet? Share your thoughts here.

More recent betting tips

Bet closesBet
19 Jan
15:00
Bournemouth vs. West Ham
English Premier League
Bet: Both teams to score & over 2.5 goals
 
19 Jan
17:30
Arsenal vs. Chelsea
English Premier League
Bet: Arsenal DNB
 
19 Jan
19:30
Inter vs. Sassuolo
Italian Serie A
Bet: Inter to win and under 3.5 goals
 
20 Jan
11:30
Fiorentina vs. Sampdoria
Italian Serie A
Bet: Fiorentina to win outright
 
20 Jan
16:00
Fulham vs. Spurs
English Premier League
Bet: Fulham +0.5 AH
 
20 Jan
17:00
FC Schalke 04 vs. Wolfsburg
German Bundesliga
Bet: Both teams to score
 

More news and promotions

2/1 on Liverpool to beat Crystal Palace

Enhanced Odds English Premier League 18 January 2019 - 19 January 2019

888Sport have slashed their odds of 2/11 to 2/1 for new customers ahead of Palace's trip to Anfield. Read more

BetBlazers' Definitive Guide: Arsenal vs. Chelsea

English Premier League 17 January 2019

This game has been close over the years, we don't see this one being any different. Read our preview with expected teams & formations, head to head records and analysis Read more

Corals' Acca promo: Liverpool, Man Utd, Newcastle &Tottenham all to win – 70/1

Enhanced Odds English Premier League 16 January 2019 - 19 January 2019

Back the favourites in this new customer Acca promo from Coral. Read more

BetBlazers' Definitive Guide for the Supercoppa Italiana Final : Juventus vs. AC Milan

Italian Serie A 14 January 2019

These two Italian giants will battle it out for the Supercoppa Italiana Final this Wednesday in .... Jeddah?! Read more