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Chelsea vs Crystal Palace - Betting Tips and Predictions

Chelsea vs Crystal Palace - Betting Tips and Predictions

The focus is firmly on securing a top-four berth, but the West Londoners trail fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur by five points. With a massive Champions League second leg against Barcelona on Wednesday, Conte's lineup will give a clear indication about his priorities for the remainder of the season. A troubled transfer window (mired by a difference of opinion at the boardroom level) was not ideal for the Blues to begin their title defense in a convincing fashion.

That has left them out of the Champions League qualification places in fifth place - and they will remain there whatever happens tomorrow.

Chelsea deservedly received scathing criticism for their extraordinarily negative approach in last week's 1-0 defeat at champions elect Manchester City.

His only Premier League start was in Chelsea's only win in their last five Premier League games, where he linked up well with Eden Hazard.

"Chelsea could be virtually out of the race for the top four this weekend". It's a fight for survival. They could also drop a place with a loss. You can also catch the Premier League game on the go as well on Hostar app.

The Blues have won 12 and lost only one of their last 19 home league matches in all competitions.

The hosts now sit in the relegation zone but a victory on Saturday could propel them out of the drop zone and give them a little bit more hope of stay up.

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Palace, having enjoyed a strong run of form through November and December, are back in the Premier League's relegation zone, a point adrift of safety. It was nearly the ideal game, if we didn't concede the goal at the last.

But I think Crystal Palace is not only Zaha. Timothy Fosu-Mensah is back in contention after being ineligible to face his parent club, Manchester United.

Tiemoue Bakayoko is a doubt, whilst David Luiz has suffered a setback as he struggles to overcome a knee injury. Chelsea have bad memories of the Belgian who, with the help of Wilfried Zaha, managed to cut through Chelsea twice in as many minutes to earn a 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge last April.

The French midfielder is a bundle of energy.

Simon Mail previews this weekend's game at Stamford Bridge and does not think a home win is a foregone conclusion.

'The thing that's most unusual in Aaron's case is his chance came first against Tottenham and then against Man United, and two tougher tests than that you can't really ask for'.