Chelsea host Crystal Palace in the late kick off on Saturday evening, with both teams desperate to change their fortunes and pick up a win. In our Premier League football predictions for the weekend we discuss the latest happenings and form to better understand who to bet on.
It has been a tough time for both Chelsea and Crystal Palace. Chelsea have won just one of their last five, a run that has seen them drop to 5th in the Premier League, while Crystal Palace have not won any during the same spell. Both need points for their own different reasons, with Chelsea chasing the top four and Crystal Palace aiming for survival. That should ensure a good game, although with so much at stake and the recent form both have shown, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see this game turn into a tight, close affair.
We have seen a huge dip in form from Chelsea recently, something that has really hurt their league position. With other clubs around them playing well, Chelsea have dropped into 5th position, outside of the top four and that is something they will want back over the coming weeks. That will be tough though, because they are surrounded by good clubs in the league, and games like this one are simply must win games between now and the end of the season.
Crystal Palace started the season terribly, but worked their way out of the bottom three before Christmas. However, after a poor run recently, they are now back in the bottom three, and fighting for their lives. They threw away a two goal lead against Manchester United on Monday night, something they can’t afford to do if they want to stay in the Premier League.
Chelsea Betting Odds
Chelsea are favourites for this game, but the odds on offer are a little bigger than many would have expected due to their recent poor run of form. They have struggled, losing four out of their last five games and are in desperate need of a confidence boosting result to get them back on track. I think they will get that result this weekend, against a struggling Crystal Palace team who look devoid of confidence.
While Chelsea don’t appeal too much on the outright betting odds, they do appeal on the handicap betting market. Chelsea -1 is priced up at 20/23 with BoyleSports, and that is something I am more than happy to take. Chelsea have the class to win this game comfortably, and although they have struggled in recent weeks, this is their easiest task to date, and is just the type of game they need right now.
Crystal Palace Betting Odds
Those looking for an upset in this game may be tempted by the odds on Crystal Palace to win. They are priced up at 21/2 with Betsson, a huge price for them to win this one. They have not been in good form recently, and although they face a struggling Chelsea team, they lack the quality to challenge in my opinion.
I don’t see too many people being interested in backing Crystal Palace this weekend, but those that do will be rewarded with a very good price.
Chelsea Betting Tips
The 90 minute betting on this game is not something that appeals to me, but I am more than happy to use the handicap betting market to back Chelsea. The Chelsea odds on the handicap line are 20/23 with BoyleSports, and that is them starting with a -1 deficit. For Chelsea to win using this line we need Chelsea to win by two goals or more, something they are more than capable of doing.
Chelsea are in desperate need of confidence right now, and this could be the type of game to give it to them. An early goal would settle the nerves, and if they click there is no reason they won’t go on to score three or four against a very poor Crystal Palace team.
The recent form Chelsea have been in, puts question markets over them, but ultimately this should be a very easy game for Chelsea, and one they can use to get back on track in the Premier League.