Premier League: Crystal Palace vs Chelsea - preview, team news, prediction and tips - Smart Bettors Club
Premier League: Crystal Palace vs Chelsea - preview, team news, prediction and tips
February 18
Football

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Crystal Palace will welcome Chelsea to Selhurst Park in the Premier League matchday 26 on Saturday. The kick-off is at 17:00 CEST.

Preview

It's been almost two months since Crystal Palace managed a victory in the English top flight last time out when they destroyed Norwich City 3-0 on December 28. As a result, Patrick Vieira's men have gone winless in each of their five league matches in 2022, including back-to-back draws with the Canaries (1-1) and Brentford (0-0) on February 9 and 12 respectively. Therefore, the Eagles have found themselves in 13th in the PL standings with 26 points, nine points clear of the relegation zone.

Chelsea, in turn, will travel to Selhurst Park after claiming their first title in 2022 last Saturday as Thomas Tuchel's side defeated Brazilian giants Palmeiras 2-1 in the Club World Cup final thanks to goals from Romelu Lukaku and Kai Havertz. As for their most recent encounter in the Premier League, the Blues saw off Tottenham 2-0 before the winter break to retain the third position in the table with 47 points, already seven points adrift of second-placed Liverpool and whopping 16 points behind leaders Man City. 

Team news

While Nathan Ferguson is the only injury doubt in Vieira's set-up, Tuchel will again be without the services of long-term absentees Ben Chilwell, Reece James and Mason Mount on the weekend.

Prediction

Well, Chelsea didn't feel any resistance from Palace in the reverse fixture in August when they demolished the Eagles 3-0 at Stamford Bridge courtesy of goals from Marcos Alonso, Christian Pulisic and Trevoh Chalobah. Even if Tuchel's crop have struggled for consistency a bit since then, they remain the hot favourites to claim all three points this time around too. Hence, we can't see Palace claiming their first win in 2022 on Saturday but do expect Chelsea to extend their current winning streak in all competitions to five games on the bounce.

Tip

Chelsea to win at 1.668 with 1XBET.


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