With their main title rivals not in action until later in the weekend, the trip to Selhurst Park represents an excellent opportunity for Jose Mourinho’s men to pile on the pressure at the top of the table.
The Blues are warm favourites to collect all three points, with William Hill offering just 4/9 (1.44) for an away win.
The Eagles were left stunned by Papiss Cisse’s last-gasp goal for Newcastle United at St James’ Park last weekend but Tony Pulis needs his side to put in another disciplined defensive display from his side here.
The size of the task facing Palace is highlighted by the chunky 11/2 (6.50) quote offered up by William Hill for the hosts to shock Jose Mourinho’s men while the same firm go 3/1 (4.0) that Saturday’s clash ends in stalemate.
The Blues have lost just one of their last 16 Premier League matches and, having recently recorded thumping victories against both Tottenham and Arsenal, there will be no shortage of confidence in the away dressing room ahead of this weekend’s tussle.
The Eagles enjoyed an upturn in fortunes following Tony Pulis’ appointment as manager back in November but results have dipped again in recent weeks, to leave Palace hovering just above the relegation zone.
With the Blues in free-scoring form, it could be another difficult afternoon for the home side at Selhurst Park and, despite the skinny outright prices, there is value to be found in backing the Blues this weekend.
Samuel Eto’o has netted in his last three appearances for Chelsea and, should the Cameroon international continue his scoring rate again this weekend, then the 10/11 (1.91) on offer from William Hill for the former Barcelona striker to net at any time would represent excellent value.
Better value, though, lies in backing the juicy 11/8 (2.38) quote for Chelsea (-1) to win in William Hill’s handicap market.
The Blues have won by at least two clear goals in each of their last four victories in all competitions and, with confidence soaring after humiliating Arsenal last weekend, Jose Mourinho's men can be backed to win convincingly against Palace.
|Chelsea (-1) to win at 11/8 (2.38) for a 2pts stake with William Hill
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