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Crystal Palace vs Chelsea - Premier League betting tips and prediction

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Can Palace take another big scalp?

Chelsea and Crystal Palace meet at Selhurst Park on Sunday afternoon. The Blues recovered well from their home defeat to Leicester last week by beating Watford at Vicarage Road on the evening of Boxing Day.

Maurizio Sarri deserves great credit for his impact at Stamford Bridge this season, but in recent weeks it has been evident how central Eden Hazard is to his side’s form. 

Chelsea win 25/1 @ Betfair 25/1 Betfair

That is hardly a shock, and Sarri is not the first Chelsea boss for whom that is the case, but he really needs to play well for the Blues to be at their best. He was the difference on Wednesday, and against Brighton away recently. Chelsea will be hoping for more of the same in South London.

It has been a strange festive period for Crystal Palace. They headed into Christmas on a major high; after winning for the first time without talisman Wilfried Zaha against Leicester a couple of weeks ago, they then achieved what many people thought impossible and beat Manchester City 3-2 at the Etihad Stadium.

But it says a lot about the nature of the Premier League that they faced a Cardiff side without a win on the road all season on Boxing Day, and only managed to draw 0-0. As manager Roy Hodgson pointed out, just because they had recently achieved two of the biggest results of their season, they didn’t have a right to roll over the Bluebirds, who battled hard for a deserved point.

Make no mistake, though, Palace will be well up for this. They also have history in this fixture; last year, coming off the back of the worst start to a Premier League season ever, they hosted Antonio Conte’s Chelsea and beat them. A repeat would be huge in their battle against the drop.

While Chelsea have been struggling for consistency lately, though, they do have form of turning up and performing well in these games, especially when Hazard is on form.

Use your Coral Free Bets to back the Blues as well as Hazard to score first at 3/1.

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