Competition: Premier League – Chelsea vs. Crystal Palace
Venue: Stamford Bridge – Sunday, May 3rd – 13:30 BST (08:30 ET)
Match Odds: Chelsea 1/3 – Draw 4/1 – Crystal Palace 17/2
Chelsea host Crystal Palace on Sunday with the chance to secure their first Premier League title since 2010. Jose Mourinho’s men have been edging closer to the title with each passing week but have still come under criticism for their style of play.
They come into the game after a 3-1 away win at Leicester City on Wednesday. Their first-half performance in that tie was below par and with Leicester leading at the break it looked as if Chelsea would struggle in the second-half, though they went on to win and are now just one game away from the title.Embed from Getty Images
Palace can take positives from the way in which Leicester unlocked the Chelsea defence but it will be surprising if the Blues don’t wrap up the championship this week.
The champions elect are unbeaten in 14 games and have looked like they have setup in a style to completely avoid defeat in recent weeks. However, a draw in this one is not what they will want and anything other than a win will be scrutinised.
Crystal Palace have been completely rejuvenated since Alan Pardew took over the side and are looking strong candidates for a mid-table finish.Embed from Getty Images
Palace had won four on the bounce but have suffered back-to-back defeats which comes as a surprise with both of those games at home.
Pardew will have his players pumped as always and they will be hoping to spoil Chelsea’s day. Palace have a tough run-in and will be grateful they are not struggling in and around the relegation zone with just four weeks to go.
Chelsea look set to be without Diego Costa and Loic Remy for this game, though Oscar could return after missing out in midweek as a precaution following his heavy-hitting challenge with Arsenal’s keeper David Ospina. As we have seen this season Mourinho isn’t one for chopping and changing, so we could expect a very similar lineup to the one that played at Leicester.
Crystal Palace could be without Frazier Campbell and Marouane Chamakh who both face late fitness tests. Joel Ward and Jerome Thomas remain sidelined.
Chelsea’s last five: W/W/W/D/W
Crystal Palace’s last five: W/W/W/L/L
Key Stat: Champions elect – Chelsea are just three points from the title and can wrap things up with a win this weekend.
Key Player: Eden Hazard – Even with Chelsea’s style being criticised the PFA Player of the Year continues to excite and he will be the focal point of Chelsea’s attacks as usual.Embed from Getty Images
Chelsea 2-1 Crystal Palace – Chelsea to secure the Premier League title against a Palace side who will not make things easy and frustrate Mourinho’s men as much as possible.