Crystal Palace v Chelsea – Football & Racing News – Star Sports

A fascinating Monday Night Football clash sees Crystal Palace host Chelsea as both managers seek a vital victory to alleviate growing pressure…

Despite being 5 points clear of a relegation battle, Crystal Palace find themselves in a battle against themselves.

With just one win in 2024 against whipping boys Sheffield United, Palace were knocked out of the FA Cup by Everton and subsequently thrashed by Arsenal and Brighton.

Fans new and old are slowly but surely becoming disillusioned with their lack of quality lately and it seems it’s a matter of time before more eyes are turned to the appointment of 76 year-old Roy Hodgson as a factor for their stagnant Premier League position in 15th.

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CRYSTAL PALACE V CHELSEA
Premier League
Selhurst Park
20.00 Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Premier League

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD
(Maximum 10 matches – 10 years)
DEC 2023 PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea 2-1 Crystal Palace
JAN 2023 PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea 1-0 Crystal Palace
OCT 2022 PREMIER LEAGUE Crystal Palace 1-2 Chelsea
APR 2022 FA CUP Chelsea 2-0 Crystal Palace
FEB 2022 PREMIER LEAGUE Crystal Palace 0-1 Chelsea
AUG 2021 PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea 3-0 Crystal Palace
APR 2021 PREMIER LEAGUE Crystal Palace 1-4 Chelsea
OCT 2020 PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea 4-0 Crystal Palace
JUL 2020 PREMIER LEAGUE Crystal Palace 2-3 Chelsea
NOV 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea 2-1 Crystal Palace

Hodgson’s position is certainly at a crossroads tonight and if Chelsea can repeat their form last seen at Villa Park, he’ll likely shorten even further from his current price of 1/2 to leave next with some firms.

To make things worse for the Eagles, talented top scorers Michael Olise and Eberechi Eze will both miss the game through worrying injuries and the fixture list doesn’t seem to be favourable for the Selhurst hosts, with away trips to Everton and Tottenham on the agenda in the coming weeks.

Last seen losing 4-1 in Brighton, the Seagulls ran rings around what looked like a disinterested Crystal Palace side that was slow on the ball and looked vulnerable at any given moment.

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Chelsea arrive in South London after a glittering performance at just the right time at Villa Park in the FA Cup.

Before the meeting against Aston Villa, pressure was also starting to grow on Mauricio Pochettino who was shortened massively to go alongside Roy Hodgson in the ‘Next To Leave’ markets.

It felt as if fans were perhaps showing initial signs of abandoning loyalty to the Argentinian, but his side certainly rose to the occasion to progress to the next round and cling on to another chance of silverware this season.

A fantastic display from Nicolas Jackson, first seen in a full match since international absence, ended up being part of the winning formula to go alongside a stunning freekick by Enzo Fernandez who seemed to celebrate the goal as if it vindicated his 121million Euro fee.

Conor Gallagher was also an excellent catalyst in the midfield and was part of an overall Chelsea performance that was the closest thing to the utopian vision fans had in the summer so far this season.

Cole Palmer once again reprised his role of near misses and shots straight at the keeper, but if one of those flurry of attempts landed, life could’ve been a lot worse for Unai Emery’s Villa who have now lost three consecutive home matches in all competitions.

VERDICT
Chelsea have won their last 13 meetings against Palace and I believe the Aston Villa victory might be the start of something more consistent and special from the Blues within the context of their potential. I’m predicting another nail in Roy Hodgson’s proverbial coffin and Chelsea to win with a -1 handicap at 19/10 with starsports.bet

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