Making an emphatic return to winning ways over the weekend, Chelsea will look to move one step closer to a top-four finish when they make the trip across London to Selhurst Park on Tuesday evening.
Despite their shock defeat away at relegation scrappers West Ham last week, the Blues picked up a thumping 3-0 romp against Watford on Saturday night and have won four of their last five Premier League appearances.
On the flip side, while the Eagles may have marked their return from the enforced break with three points against relegation scrappers Bournemouth, Crystal Palace have come crashing back down to earth of late.
Blown away at Leicester over the weekend and hit with a 3-0 defeat at the King Power, Tuesday’s guests have lost their last three top-flight matches on the bounce and also hold a worrying record against their London rivals.
Including a 2-0 defeat when the two sides faced off earlier in the season, Chelsea have won each of their last four straight meetings against Palace. A similar away victory in midweek can be found pencilled in at 1/2 with William Hill.
The toothless Eagles
While Crystal Palace might have marked their return from the enforced break with a 2-0 win away at Bournemouth, the Eagles have drastically failed to build off of that victory on the South Coast.
Hit with a 3-0 drumming away at an inconsistent Leicester over the weekend, Tuesday’s hosts now find themselves in the midst of a three-match Premier League losing run.
Still failing to find a route into the top half and in the midst of their worst top-flight run since November, Head Coach Roy Hodgson will be most concerned by his side’s worrying issues in the final third.
Drawing another blank at the King Power on Saturday, the Eagles have failed to bag a single goal in any of their previous three defeats and have now gone almost 350 minutes without putting the ball in the net.
Also drawing a blank in their last contest at Selhurst Park thanks to a 1-0 loss against Burnley, you might be interested to know that Crystal Palace can be found priced at 1/1 with Paddy Power to put in another toothless display in midweek.
Who can stop Willian?
Although Chelsea would have been left heartbroken to have seen relegation scrappers West Ham pick up the most dramatic of 3-2 wins at the London Stadium last week, Frank Lampard’s youngsters put on a clinic over the weekend.
Picking up a 3-0 romp against Watford at Stamford Bridge on Saturday night, the Royal Blues still find themselves sat in the top-four after winning four of their last five Premier League appearances.
Also booking an FA Cup semi-final showdown against Manchester United, the former England midfielder will be most impressed by Willian’s continued purple patch since returning from the enforced break.
Once again converting from the spot against the Hornets over the weekend, the Brazilian international has extended his stay in West London and has now bagged three top-flight goals in back-to-back outings.
Expected to play a vital part in Chelsea’s pursuit of another Champions League campaign, the 31-year-old has now landed six goals in his last seven matches across all competitions.
You might be interested to know that Willian can be found priced at 21/10 with 888Sport to extend on his tally in midweek.