Chelsea hope to stop the bleeding as they travel across London to take on Crystal Palace in Premier League action on Monday.
The Blues looked to be slowly gaining traction under manager Mauricio Pochettino as the calendar turned to 2024, but that’s all been torn asunder as they’ve lost two straight in league play to drop down into the Premier League’s bottom half.
A midweek win over Aston Vill in the FA Cup will do some service, but a rebound in league play is a must for Chelsea hierarchy to remain faithful that Pochettino is the right man to lead the club in its rebuild.
Crystal Palace, meanwhile, are still figuring out their place amongst the Premier League’s bottom half, as they sit just five points above the drop zone thanks in large part to recent victories over fellow relegation candidates Sheffield United and Brentford.
Eagles manager Roy Hodgson is under real threat, with the club well beaten too often this year, but has so far maintained his job security despite the many struggles.
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace prediction, odds
- Moneyline lean: Chelsea (-140)
- Score prediction: Crystal Palace 0-2 Chelsea
Chelsea have been much worse on the road this season, with a negative xG/xGA differential away from Stamford Bridge but close to a +10 differential at home. Meanwhile, Crystal Palace have been far better at home, with only a slightly negative differential at Selhurst Park but a cavernous -7 mark on the road.
There’s just one problem for Crystal Palace here — injuries. A slew of recent knocks to significant players will leave them extremely thin against the Blues here. Established centre-back Marc Guehi went off against Brighton last time out, and his absence will force Chris Richards back to his natural position after seeing an established run at the No. 6.
Additionally, both their creative forces in Michael Olise and Eberechi Eze will be missing — without them, the Eagles generated just seven shots worth 0.3 xG against a defensive porous Brighton side last time out. Chelsea are error-prone at the back, but Palace just don’t have the firepower available to punish the Blues in a spot we’d normally fancy them to spring an upset.
|Crystal Palace win
to score Y/N
|-130 / +105
|Over / Under
|-125 / -110
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace match facts
- Date: Monday, Feb. 12, 2024
- Kickoff time: 8 p.m. local (3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PT)
- Location: Selhurst Park (London, England)
- Referee: Michael Oliver, VAR: Andy Madley
- Last meeting: Chelsea 2-1 Crystal Palace (Dec. 27, 2023 | Premier League)
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace best bet
- Pick: Cole Palmer to score or assist a goal
- Odds: +115 (FanDuel)
While Chelsea are prone to poor showings in front of goal, they should find plenty of space to generate a strong flurry of efforts towards Dean Henderson’s goal. At the heart of nearly all their attacking production this season has been new signing Cole Palmer, flourishing after making the move from Man City.
Palmer has notched 10 goals and four assists this season, all since the start of October, after taking a few weeks to get settled at his new club. He’s been just as good on the road as he has been at home, with five goals and three assists away from Stamford Bridge.
He was suspended for the last time these two teams met, but should be a big part of the team’s setup as they take the field at Selhurst Park here.
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace prop bet
- Pick: Chelsea over 2.5 yellow cards
- Odds: +105 (DraftKings)
Amongst all Premier League teams while playing on the road, Chelsea have collected both the most fouls and most bookings, struggling mightily with discipline away from Stamford Bridge.
With Crystal Palace sporting significant injuries on both sides of the ball, Roy Hodgson will likely devise a plan to try and frustrate the Blues and hit them on the counter. With Chelsea likely to hold significant possession and look to break down a bunkered Eagles side, there could be some real poking and prodding which will lead to further moments of irritation for the visitors who have 39 cards in 12 away matches this season, including seven across the two games officiated by Michael Oliver.
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace live stream, TV channel
|USA Network, Telemundo
|Fubo USA, Peacock, NBC Sports app, Telemundo Deportes en Vivo
|Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League
|Sky Go Extra
With the match standing all by itself with a Monday evening kickoff, the Chelsea visit to Crystal Palace will be televised in the United States on USA Network, with a Spanish-language broadcast on Telemundo.
Both channels are available to stream on Fubo, while the two broadcasters also have streaming options on their own platforms as well.
In Canada, the exclusive broadcast partner of the Premier League is Fubo Canada, who streams every single game across the 2023/24 season.
The match will be broadcast by Sky Sports who make the match available on multiple television channels as well as their streaming service.