Crystal Palace vs Chelsea 10/18/2014 Free English Premier League Soccer Pick and Preview
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace
Saturday 18th October 2014 15:00(GMT)
The Line: Crystal Palace 8/1 Draw 7/2 Chelsea 1/2 See the Latest Odds
TV: NBC Sports Live
One of the surprise results of the season so far was Crystal Palace's win in Goodison Park, Neil Warnocks side have proven to be a tough nut to crack after opening the season with two losses the Eagles have won two and drawn two of the next five leaving them midtable. With a plethora of options up front Warnock has yet to settle on a first eleven with Zaha, Doyle, Campbell and Chamakh all fighting for the start. Brede Hangeland was a great addition to the squad and will give Diego Costa his fill of the physical side of the game tomorrow in Selhurst Park. Palace will need to pack the midfield and not allow Hazard or Fabregas to get any space because the two Chelsea midfielders have been sensational this season.
Diego Costa has been terrific since arriving from Athletico Madrid, Jose Mourhino's additions to the squad this year Fabregas, Costa and Courtois have fitted in seemlessly and Chelsea almost look like Champions elect already. But the Premier League has a way of bringing teams back down to earth with a boom and this game almost feels like a trap game. Palace have plenty of pace to counter attack and Selhurt park is a tight compact ground that will mean Hazard, Fabregas, Oscar and Willian may struggle to get the space they need to open up Palace.
There is no doubting the quality of Chelsea's squad, it is a who's who of world football right now and most if not all of Chelsea's players will have been involved in two international games during the International break. This may lead to a little bit of fatigue, add that to the fact that Neil Warnock is well renowned for his ability to get players "up" for big matches and I think we could have a ding dong battle here. I'm going to take Palace on the handicap in the first half here. I think Palace can slow down Chelsea's runaway train and while there is no doubt Chelsea have the better team I think there is some value taking Palace +.5 in the first half at better than evens. Follow me on twitter@antonpippo