There is a crucial clash in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon as title-chasing Chelsea welcome relegation-threatened Crystal Palace to Stamford Bridge.
The result is sure to have ramifications at both ends of the table and with these two teams desperate for the points, the stage is set for a fiery London derby.
Chelsea have a commanding 10 point advantage at the top of the table and the Blues boast a formidable home record; Antonio Conte's men have been beaten in just one of their 17 home matches in all competitions so far this season, winning each of their last 13 fixtures in west London.
The league leaders are chalked up as Paddy Power’s 2/7 (1.29) favourites to further extend that winning streak this weekend.
Crystal Palace have taken maximum points from each of their last three Premier League games as they scrap for survival and Sam Allardyce's Eagles are available at a chunky 9/1 (10.0) to claim a vital victory here and 9/2 (5.50) that Palace pick up a precious point.
The Eagles have kept a clean sheet in each of their last five Premier League wins and there is 7/1 (8.0) that the visitors keep a clean sheet in west London, while only the most ardent fans of Allardyce's side will likely be tempted to back Palace to win without conceding against Conte's charges at 17/1 (18.0).
Chelsea have conceded in each of their last six Premier League matches and Paddy Power go 5/4 (2.25) that there are goals at both ends, while the same firm offer 8/11 (1.73) that there are more than two goals scored - a selection that would have landed in four of the Blues' last five home fixtures in the top tier.
Defensive discipline has been at the heart of Chelsea's success so far this season and, in fact, no side has conceded fewer goals than Conte's men in the Premier League so far this season, but there is no doubt that the leaders possess genuine quality in the final third - particularly on home soil.
Chelsea have hit three or more goals in four of their last five league matches on home soil and the Blues can be backed at 7/5 (2.40) to repeat the feat here or 5/6 (1.83) that they win by at least two clear goals - a selection that would have landed in each of the Blues' last five home league matches.
The Eagles, though, may put up a decent fight and better value may lie in backing both teams to score at 5/4 (2.25) at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.
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