Crystal Palace – Chelsea Predictions
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Crystal Palace 1-3 Chelsea
Date: 12.02.2024 | Match at: 21:00 | League: ENGLAND: PREMIER LEAGUE – ROUND 24 | Tip: Under 3.5 Goals | Odds: 1.38 | Bookie: Unibet.
Crystal Palace – Chelsea Predictions and Preview
- Things have gone from bad to worse for Crystal Palace, who not only lost 4-1 to fierce rivals Brighton last weekend, but also had to watch Marc Guéhi and Michael Olise limp off to join Eberechi Eze in the treatment room. Olise was a half-time substitute in that defeat and lasted ten minutes on what was his return from injury, and it was that decision perhaps more than the result that angered Palace fans, who continue to voice their discontent at the club’s current regime.
- Boss Roy Hodgson is taking the bulk of the criticism and it’s little wonder why, when his Palace side have won just two of their last 12 Premier League games (D3, L7), leaving relegation a distinct possibility if they don’t kick into life soon. They can at least take a crumb of comfort from the fact those two wins came across their last two home league games, which should boost belief ahead of the visit of Chelsea.
- There’ll be two managers under pressure here, as Blues boss Mauricio Pochettino is also a man coming under fire due to poor results. That pressure was at least eased a little with a 3-1 FA Cup replay win over Aston Villa in midweek, but having lost their last two league games, conceding eight goals in the process, the Argentine boss still has plenty of work to do to win over the Chelsea fans who booed them off after last weekend’s 4-2 home defeat against Wolves.
- On the brink of suffering three successive league defeats for the first time this season, 13 successive H2H wins against Palace would hint that the Blues will get back to winning ways here. The Eagles are also an opponent Pochettino has enjoyed success against on a personal level, with his 12 managerial H2H wins his most against any team.
- Players to watch: Aside from injured duo Eze and Olise, Jordan Ayew was the last Palace player to score a home league goal back in mid-December, with that his fourth goal from his last seven at club level to be scored with his head. Former Palace loanee Conor Gallagher opened the scoring in Chelsea’s midweek win and netted the winner in this fixture last season.
- Hot stat: Eight of Crystal Palace’s 11 home league games this term stood level at half-time.