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Chelsea to inflict Blues on Foxes, Palace can pull through problems

| 23.08.2014

Coral experts preview two Premier League Saturday 3pm kick-offs, with title-favourites Chelsea taking on Championship winners Leicester city, while Crystal Palace and West Ham United duel in London derby.

Chelsea v Leicester City
In each of Chelsea’s last three matches against the Foxes, they have scored four times or more, and you can back the 11/8 Premier League title favourites at 11/4 to net four or over again.

The last two meetings with these sides, meanwhile, have produced seven goals, and you can take enticing odds of 16/1 for the match total to be more than 6.5 once more.

Jose Mourinho’s men are heavily odds-on favourites to win this match at Stamford Bridge at 2/9. Their chances of following up their opening day victory against another newly-promoted side, Burnley, is increased with the news that Leicester’s star midfield duo Danny Drinkwater and Matty James are both out injured. Defender Matt Upson is also still missing.

The East Midlands outfit last beat the Blues on their home turf in 2000, and are unfancied 11/1 chances to do so this time. Leicester did draw their opening game this season, though, to Everton, and are 5/1 to take a share of the spoils again.

Chelsea, who have not lost either of their first league matches of the campaign since 2006, can rely on new signings and Spanish duo Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas to see them through once more. The former (3/1 to bag a brace or better) grabbed a goal on his debut against the Clarets, while the latter (5/4 to score anytime) set up two.

Crystal Palace v West Ham United
Manager-less Palace have beaten the Hammers 1-0 in their last two encounters (and in four of their previous six games in all competitions), so are 11/2 to beat them by that scoreline once more.

Eagles boss candidates are dropping like flies currently for various reasons but, after Palace’s encouraging opening day showing against Arsenal, where they narrowly lost 2-1 thanks to a late Aaron Ramsey winner, they should be able to grab at least a point.

Caretaker manager Keith Millen will take charge once more for Palace, and his side are 7/5 favourites to win, and 9/4 to claim a creditable draw, under the circumstances.

Captain Mile Jedinak and Marouane Chamakh got the winning goals for the Eagles against Sam Allardyce’s men last term, and are 6/1 and 2/1 respectively to score anytime again. Jason Puncheon, meanwhile, is out through suspension.

The Hammers are looking thin in defence, with James Collins banned, following his red card in the late loss against Spurs, while James Tomkins, Carl Jenkinson and Joey O’Brien are all injury doubts.

West Ham, who have not beaten Palace in their last six matches (since 2003), are 19/10 for victory, though.



Sam Barnard

Sam has been writing for Coral since January 2014, and is the assistant editor of the news site. As well as the main betting sports, football, tennis and cricket, he covers the likes of golf, F1 and darts too, the latter of which has become a particular favourite. Sam enjoys playing as much as writing about sports, but niggling injuries have limited his participation in recent years, so is happy to mainly watch the pros such as Manchester United, Yorkshire CCC, Raymond van Barneveld and even Gibraltar national football team instead.