Premier League Preview and Prediction: Chelsea vs Crystal Palace

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

Match Preview

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.

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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.

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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.

Team News

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.

Key Points

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.

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Score Prediction

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.

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Premier League Preview and Prediction: Chelsea vs Manchester United

Competition: Premier League – Chelsea vs. Manchester United 

Venue: Stamford Bridge – Saturday, April 18th – 17:30 BST (12:30 ET)

Match Odds: Chelsea 1/1 – Draw 12/5 – Manchester United 11/4

Match Preview

Chelsea host Manchester United on Saturday evening in the standout fixture in the Premier League this weekend as they look to take one more step towards their first title since 2010.

The Blues endured a tough game last weekend against Queens Park Rangers, stealing all three points in the final knockings of the game through Cesc Fabregas, and are still seven points clear at the top of the table.

Manchester United will be absolutely buzzing ahead of this one though, and will be full of confidence after their demolition of rivals Manchester City at Old Trafford last Sunday.

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Louis Van Gaal’s team are coming good and things are really kicking into place as they have won six on the bounce as things certainly look to be back on the up for United.

United are probably one of the last teams Chelsea will want to face at this stage of the season and this is a must win for Jose Mourinho ahead of the following week’s game against title rivals, Arsenal, at the Emirates.

The earlier meeting in the season between the two sides ended in a 1-1 draw and United haven’t beaten Chelsea at Stamford Bridge since 2012.

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Van Gaal’s side are in fine form though and this is the strongest United side to face Chelsea since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson.

This could be a pivotal game in the race for the title and Mourinho will not want to give the chasing pack any hope that his side can be caught.

Team News

Chelsea will be without goal-machine, Diego Costa, who also missed out in the reverse fixture, but Loic Remy could return after missing out last weekend too. Those are Chelsea’s only two injury concerns as the squad is in good shape. Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic will need to be on high-alert once again after escaping last weekend without a yellow card. If either of the midfielders picks one up here they will miss the clash with Arsenal the following week.

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Manchester United have just three injury concerns to Michael Carrick, Robin van Persie and Luke Shaw to deal with, but all three players could be set to return to the squad this weekend. Jonny Evans remains banned and we can expect a key performance from former Chelsea man, Juan Mata. The Spaniard has hit fine form and is scoring important goals, and he will have a point to prove against his former employers.

Key Points

Chelsea’s last five: W/D/W/W/W

Manchester United’s last five: W/W/W/W/W

Key Stat: Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 16 home league matches at Stamford Bridge and it will take a lot for United to end that run on Sunday afternoon.

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Key Player: Juan Mata – United’s player of the moment is on fire, scoring in their wins over Liverpool and Manchester City as he looks to be back to his very best and Chelsea could be on the receiving end of his supreme talent this weekend.

Score Prediction

Chelsea 2-1 Manchester United – Chelsea to just edge over the line once again as they have done so many times this season. Mourinho will want a tidy and tight performance from his side but the United machine is moving at full pace, so they will be very hard to stop.