Chelsea vs Crystal Palace Betting Preview | 4 Oct 2020

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Really seeking an early-season bounce as they turn their attention back to Premier League duties this weekend, Chelsea will welcome London rivals Crystal Palace to Stamford Bridge on Saturday lunchtime.

Throwing away the lead and watching Tottenham end their EFL Cup adventure on penalties earlier in the week, the Blues have managed to win just one of their last four matchups across all competitions despite breaking the bank over the summer.

On the flip side, watching their 100% start to the 2020/2021 campaign come to an abrupt end in what was hugely-controversial fashion last weekend, Crystal Palace were hit with a 2-1 defeat against Everton and will simply have their sights set on causing another away day upset this weekend.

However, although the Eagles might have managed to land that stunning 3-1 win away at Old Trafford last month, they do hold a worrying record against Saturday’s hosts.

Including a 3-2 defeat when the two sides faced off back in July, Chelsea have now won their last five straight meetings against their London rivals. You might be interested to know a similar home victory on Saturday lunchtime can be found priced at 1/2 with Betfair.

Betting Tip: Both teams to score – 4/5 @ Unibet
*Odds are correct at time of writing and are subject to change without prior notice.

Werner opens his account

Watching bitter rivals Spurs knock them out of this year’s EFL Cup earlier in the week, despite taking a first-half lead, Chelsea have struggled to lay down an early marker this season.

While Frank Lampard’s side might have managed to salvage what appeared to be a hugely unlikely point away at West Brom last weekend, it did not cover what was another defensive horror show.

Entering the break away at the top-flight returners on the wrong end of a stunning 3-0 scoreline, the former England midfielder has seen his new squad record just a single victory from any of their opening three Premier League contests entering October.

However, although fans around West London might still have a real headache over their side’s extended issues at the back, Lampard would have at least taken some solace from one of his summer arrivals opening his account earlier in the week.

Making the move from German outfit RB Leipzig, Timo Werner bagged a wonderfully taken strike away at Tottenham on Tuesday night and will have his sights set on bagging a first Premier League goal this weekend.

You might be interested to know that the 24-year-old is priced at 10/11 with Coral to get himself on the scoresheet at Stamford Bridge.

Betting Tip: Both teams to score – 4/5 @ Unibet
*Odds are correct at time of writing and are subject to change without prior notice.

VAR heartbreak for Palace

Watching Everton end their 100% start at Selhurst Park last weekend thanks to a 2-1 defeat in the capital, there is no doubt that Joel Ward’s handball really stole all of the headlines amidst even more VAR drama.

However, while Roy Hodgson might have made his feelings clear in South London last week, the former England boss has seen his side make a string of improvements after a sluggish return from football’s enforced break over the summer.

While they might have only managed to collect a single point over their final eight Premier League matchups last season, Palace certainly shocked many with a stunning display away at Old Trafford a fortnight ago.

Along with opening the New Year with a 1-0 win against Southampton, Palace managed to leave Manchester United with a 3-1 victory to show and the mood in their camp still appears to be at a high.

Elsewhere, already opening up his tally in clinical fashion this season and appearing to be staying put in South London, Wilfried Zaha has three Premier League goals to his name already and will spearhead another away day upset on Saturday.

Also finding the net against Chelsea when the two sides faced off back in July, you might be interested to know that the Ivory Coast international is priced at 3/1 with Ladbrokes to extend on that tally this weekend.


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