class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>After suffering a major defensive blip against West Brom last time out, Al Hain-Cole expects Tuchel's men to return to solid form against the Eagles
Chelsea will be determined to bounce back from defeat when they travel to Selhurst Park to take on Crystal Palace in Saturday’s Premier League clash.
Thomas Tuchel’s men were surprisingly beaten 5-2 at home to West Bromwich Albion in their last league game, their first defeat in 15 matches since he replaced Frank Lampard in the dugout.
Crystal Palace vs Chelsea Latest Odds
However, having pulled off an impressive 2-0 away win over Porto in Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final, they are clear 11/20 (1.55) favourites with bet365 to get their league campaign back on track with a victory here.
The Eagles have only lost one of their last six matches but are 6/1 (7.00) outsiders to pull off a first win over this opposition since 2017.
Three of the hosts’ last five fixtures have resulted in draws, and you can get odds of 14/5 (3.80) on them earning a creditable point in this one.
Crystal Palace vs Chelsea Team News
Nathaniel Clyne, Nathan Ferguson, James Tomkins, James McArthur, and James McCarthy are all doubts, while Wayne Hennessey and Mamadou Sakho are injured and Michy Batshuayi ineligible to face his parent club.
Thiago Silva is ruled out due to suspension after last weekend’s red card against West Brom, although N’Golo Kante and Christian Pulisic are both available once again after being passed fit for a place on the bench against Porto.
Crystal Palace vs Chelsea Preview
Having conceded just two goals in the 14 previous matches under their new manager, the Blues’ 5-2 demolition at home to relegation strugglers West Brom came as a major shock.
However, having quickly returned to form with a controlled performance and eighth clean sheet in nine against Porto, they will back themselves to hold firm at the back once again on Saturday.
With just five goals to their name in eight matches and having only scored once in their last four on home turf, Roy Hodgson’s team certainly seems like the ideal opposition for defence looking to restore confidence.
Crystal Palace vs Chelsea Tips and Predictions
In fact, odds of 11/8 (2.38) seem particularly generous on Chelsea winning to nil for their sixth match in eight and a fourth meeting in five with Palace.
All odds correct at time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.
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