Chelsea hosts Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge in a London derby that will be shown live on BT Sport from 12.30pm on Saturday. A fantastic way to get the weekend football started. Those in attendance are guaranteed entertainment and there will be plenty to keep armchair fans gripped from the first to last whistle as both sides go in search of three points. Here are our top Chelsea v Crystal Palace betting tips and predictions.
A Closer Look
The Blues have home advantage and it’s predicted that will be enough to see them collect a maximum pay-out. Things haven’t always gone according to plan for Frank Lampard since he took charge and the former captain has been operating under a transfer embargo, which certainly hasn’t helped his chances.
He’s also Chelsea manager at a time when the free-spending and big money transfers seem to be at an end. How he performs this season will determine how much cash he’s trusted with by the board when they are allowed to spend again.
A Young Fast Team
To be fair to Frank Lampard he took the job for the love of the club and didn’t seem to give the restrictions a second look. He hasn’t made excuses and has been happy to put his trust in a youth system that has been churning out talent for many years. When Chelsea was at the peak of its powers, many younger players weren’t getting a look in but all that has changed.
The home win is 4/11 at Ladbrokes against the 4/1 with William Hill for a draw and 17/2 – top price at Unibet – on the away day. We’ll play the specials and back both teams to score in a Chelsea win at 7/4 (Ladbrokes).