Chelsea vs Crystal Palace
|Date & Time||Sunday January 3, 2016, 8:30 AM (EST)|
The Line: Crystal Palace 3/1 Draw 5/2 Chelsea 11/10
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Crystal Palace host Chelsea in the early morning game on Sunday with both teams looking to get the three points and move up the table. A win for Crystal Palace will bring them up to fifth in the table above Manchester United. Palace have been playing very well of late and are unbeaten in their last six games. Crystal Palace have a solid team and in Alan Pardew they have one of the best tactical managers in the Premier League. Bolasie, Zaha, Puncheon and Gayle are a formidable front four as well and defensively Palace have been very solid this season. Crystal Palace went to Chelsea earlier in the season and won so there will be no fear here for Crystal Palace. Chelsea come into this game unbeaten since the departure of Jose Mourhino, the blues were probably a tad lucky to come away from Old Trafford with a point as they struggled offensively against a strong Manchester United defence but with Hazard, Oscar, Willian and Diego Costa there is enough attacking talent in this Chelsea team to win against anyone. Remember twelve months ago Chelsea were storming away with the league and this is the same squad minus their manager. While Chelsea will know that the top four is probably not a realistic chance they will want to win as many games as they can and move back up the table. I looked at this line a few times and I just cant understand why Crystal Palace are 3/1 underdogs at home here. I think the bookmakers are over valuing Chelsea similar to what they were doing during Chelsea terrible run from September to November. I'm taking Palace on the handicap here as I see the Selhurst Park rocking and I think Palace could win this outright but there is a tonne of value in taking the home underdog here.