Latest Crystal Palace v Chelsea odds, match preview and betting news as the 4/9 on the away win looks one of the bets of the day in a busy Saturday of football in the Premiership.
Leaders Chelsea will look to maintain their slender lead at the top of the Premier League when they travel across London to face struggling Crystal Palace.
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The Blues saw their four point advantage reduced to a solitary point midweek as Liverpool beat Sunderland while Manchester City also moved into contention with their win at Old Trafford.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side are just three points behind Chelsea and with two games in hand, the race for the title is really beginning to hot up.
While on paper the gulf between Chelsea and Palace is huge, the Eagles made life difficult for Chelsea back in December when Jose Mourinho’s men edged a nervy encounter 2-1.
Tony Pulis’ men have made Selhurst Park a difficult place to come to this season, picking up 20 of their 28 points in front of their home fans and with the club just one place and three points above the relegation zone they will be scrapping for their lives.
Unfortunately for the club they will have to scrap without Marouane Chamakh (hamstring) and Dwight Gayle (ankle) with the pair, who have scored 8 of the club’s 19 goals this season, out.
Glenn Murray and former Birmingham striker Cameron Jerome are expected to lead the line, although Pulis could opt for just one striker as he has done in recent games.
Pulis, whose team have not beaten Chelsea since 1990, is aware that his side are the underdog ahead of the clash but believes they can make life difficult for the league leaders.
“You need a bit of luck and you need players who will relish the challenge,” said the former Stoke boss.
“If you’re looking at the two clubs and what they’ve got and what they haven’t got, it’s a very uneven contest, but football’s a funny old game
“If we set ourselves up well and give everything we possibly can you never know in this game.”
Chelsea, 6-0 winners over Arsenal last time out, will be fresh ahead of the game after a fixture-less midweek but will head into the clash with doubts over Samuel Eto’o and Ramires suspended.