Chelsea v Crystal Palace betting tips: Blues look to cruise
Preview and odds for Saturday’s Premier League clash
Thomas Tuchel’s European champions start their bid for domestic glory with a Premier League London derby, and we have examined the odds for some Chelsea v Crystal Palace betting tips.
After a mid-season managerial change, Chelsea secured a top-four finish last season and went on to win the Champions League, while Palace said goodbye to Roy Hodgson this summer and now Patrick Vieira is back in the capital to take charge of a new-look side.
Saturday’s match, which takes place at Stamford Bridge, kicks off at 3.00pm BST.
Chelsea v Crystal Palace match odds
Tuchel transformed Chelsea’s fortunes last season when he took over from Frank Lampard and despite losing the FA Cup final to Leicester City, the season ended with Champions League glory as they beat Manchester City in Porto.
Chelsea are 1/4 to kick off the new season with a win at home to Palace even though a busy summer of spending is yet to materialise for the Blues. A number of big-name targets such as Romelu Lukaku and Jules Kounde could soon arrive though, with Tuchel desperate to end the club’s five-year wait for another Premier League title.
Filling a Chelsea legend’s shoes was never going to be easy for Tuchel but having replaced Frank Lampard, the German has quickly endeared himself.
He shored up a leaky defence and conquered Europe, as well as leading the Blues to a domestic cup final, with Chelsea now 5/1 in the Premier League winner odds and 2/9 to secure another top-four finish.
There have been a raft of departures with Gary Cahill, Scott Dann, James McCarthy, Connor Wickham, Wayne Hennessey, Mamadou Sakho, Patrick Van Aanholt and Andros Townsend all moving on.
Yet there is still plenty of attacking talent with Wilfried Zaha (pictured below) and Christian Benteke in the fold.
England Under-21s defender Marc Guehi arrives from Chelsea on a five-year deal after impressing on loan with Swansea last term and Denmark defender Joachim Andersen joins from Lyon following a stint at Fulham.
It is clear that Vieira, who was sacked by Nice in December, has a tough job on his hands though and they are a big price in terms of Chelsea v Crystal Palace betting tips.
Chelsea v Crystal Palace head-to-head
Chelsea have had much the better of their recent meetings, having won 4-0 and 4-1 last season and being successful in the last seven meetings.
Seven of the last 10 meetings have seen three or more goals scored and it is 8/11 that this trend continues.
Chelsea v Crystal Palace team news
Rotation will be crucial for Tuchel, especially early on, with games against Arsenal and Liverpool upcoming. They also have Tottenham and Manchester City before the end of September, as well as the Champions League crown to defend.
They faced Villarreal in the Super Cup in midweek so Tuchel will assess his squad on Friday.
Eberechi Eze, who was such a bright spark for Palace last season, will miss several months after tearing his Achilles.
Chelsea v Crystal Palace key battles
The Eagles registered the division’s third-fewest shots and averaged the third-lowest possession last season, and Vieira will impress the need for a more adventurous style of play.
Benteke struck 10 goals last season – the first time he’s reached double figures since his debut Selhurst Park campaign in 2016/17. Six of those were headers, so getting the ball in the box early should benefit the Belgian, who is 7/2 to score at any time.
Palace’s concession of 13 goals from set-pieces last season was more than troubling. Only two teams shipped more and that was despite Hodgson’s vast coaching experience, with the Blues 2/5 to score two or more goals and Christian Pulisic 13/8 to score at any time.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication