May 3, 2015

Chelsea v Crystal Palace Asian Handicap Preview – Sunday 3rd May

Chelsea v Crystal Palace – Stamford Bridge at 13:30 live on Sky Sports 1

The champions elect gave us another nice Asian handicap betting winner on Wednesday night and their come from behind win against Leicester leaves them just three points away from guaranteeing the Premier League title.

Playing at home against London rivals Crystal Palace to win the league, is probably as easy a task as they could have wished for. Palace had been in on a very impressive run of form but since they cleared the mythical forty points mark, their focus seems to be more on the summer holidays than a top half finish.

Jose Mourinho’s team have been slowly but surely turning the screw on their title ‘challengers’ with every passing week and despite all the criticism of their style & tactics, the fact remains that Chelsea are the best team in the country.

They might not be the most entertaining team to watch but they are easily the most successful, they lead the league in points, games won, goal difference and least games lost. Plus, they are second best in terms of goals scored and goals conceded.

The Blues are undefeated in their last fourteen league games and have only been beaten once in all competitions at Stamford Bridge. Premier League teams visiting West London have so far only been able to notch seven goals against Chelsea and with Palace players already on the beach, it is unlikely that they will cause many problems for John Terry and co at the back.

Palace can be immensely proud of avoiding relegation this season, it was a master stroke to bring in ex-player Alan Pardew as manager at the turn of the year, his success in South London should see his name included in the manager of the year considerations.

However, as mentioned the Eagles have been hugely disappointing in their last two outings, losing at home to both West Brom and Hull City and without scoring in either game. Pardew will not stand for another lacklustre performance this weekend but, playing away against Chelsea he also will not expect a positive result this weekend.

Chelsea have been forced to play without their top two strikers for the past few games but Didier Drogba chipped in with a goal on Wednesday night and there is the possibility that Loic Remy could make the bench on Sunday.

Palace themselves are still missing a couple of strikers but the form of Glenn Murray, Yannick Bolasie and Wilfried Zaha has more than compensated for the injured players. With no fresh concerns in the squad, Pardew should be able to field his strongest available team.

When looking at the Asian handicap betting lines for this match, most books have this priced up pretty well and although Chelsea’s handicap line is set at -1.5 goals the Blues are more than capable of covering it this weekend.

Despite their well publicised defensive approach when facing the top teams, they can score freely when they want to. In fact they have covered a -1.5 Asian handicap betting line in nine of their sixteen home games and with an average of just 0.44 goals per game conceded at the Bridge, another 2-0 victory would be no surprise here.

Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Chelsea -1.5 at 2.12

Price correct at the time of writing.

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