Chelsea vs Crystal Palace - Betting Tips and Predictions

Chelsea vs Crystal Palace - Betting Tips and Predictions

Patrick van Aanholt grabbed a consolation in stoppage time but it mattered little in the grand scheme of things and Chelsea moved to within two points of fourth-placed Tottenham ahead of their trip to Bournemouth on Sunday.

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson was disappointed with defeat to Chelsea on Saturday. Here is our predicted XI. Antonio Conte's men need a near-perfect run of form to end the season to have a chance at a top four finish. He's working very hard and he's helping the team without the ball.

Up next for Chelsea and Conte is Barcelona in the second leg of their Champions League round-of-16 tie.

Roy Hodgson has done a commendable job considering the club had failed to record a single win or goal when he was hired, but injuries to a number of key players have made life hard for the former England manager.

Antonio Conte's side have been roundly criticised for their defensive approach during that fixture, in which they were happy to concede possession and territory to the champions-elect.

The Blues are coming off the back of a 1-0 defeat to Manchester City and will be looking to regain some momentum before they travel to Spain and face Barcelona in the Champions League.

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Asked about his team's confidence after four defeats in their past five Premier League matches, the Italian replied: "For sure, when you lose many games in a row it's not simple".

Chelsea have had a bad couple of weeks, losing twice in Manchester to United and City, but I am expecting them to be much improved on their return to Stamford Bridge.

Moses was on the bench for 90 minutes as the Blues did the needful to get all three points from Saturday's game at Stamford Bridge.

Romelu Lukaku is ready to continue as Jose Mourinho's "sergeant on the pitch" as Manchester United prepare to do battle with rivals Liverpool.

"I tried to keep him for another season but he wanted to play and I understood this".

Willian is a clear contender to be the club's player of the season come May, which would be the second time he had won the award. This means that Townsend should be very motivated to perform at the highest level against one of the best sides in the league, particularly with the World Cup in Russian Federation fast approaching. David Luiz, Ross Barkley and Ethan Ampadu are, however, all sidelined.

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