Chelsea vs Crystal Palace prediction, betting tips and odds brought to you by oddschecker football expert George Gamble.
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace Stats
- Chelsea have won their last nine matches against Crystal Palace in all competitions.
- Three of Chelsea’s four FA Cup semi-final wins across the last nine years saw them beat a -1 handicap.
- Crystal Palace have failed to keep a clean sheet in all of their last 16 meetings with Chelsea.
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace Tips
Betting Tip: Chelsea -1 Asian Handicap
Both of these sides have endured a difficult cup run to reach this stage but now the two London clubs will fight it out for a place in the final in May. Chelsea will look to bounce back after their agonising aggregate defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League (UCL) during the week, despite winning the match on the night. However, Crystal Palace could represent the perfect tonic for Thomas Tuchel’s side given how dominant the ‘Blues’ have been against the ‘Eagles’ in recent years. They’ve scored against Palace in all of the last 16 head-to-head clashes and have covered a -1 handicap in three of the last four meetings.
Patrick Vieira’s side were dealt a blow when Chelsea refused to allow loanee Conor Gallagher to feature here and he’ll be a big miss as he’s arguably been the player of the season for Crystal Palace. He’s involved with a lot of transitions and brings an energy to the midfield that will be difficult to replace.
Chelsea are a wounded animal and they’ve been in this situation a thousand times before. I’ll have a point on Chelsea relying on their experience to bounce back immediately by covering the -1 handicap and as a result, booking their place in the final.
Betting Tip: Under Four Asian Cards
I’ll dip into the cards market once again here as I think the line should be closer to three. Four of the last five meetings between these two have witnessed fewer than four cards and the loss of Conor Gallagher is not just a nightmare in terms of his goals and attacking output, but he is the third most fouled Palace player per game on average this season.
The man with the whistle is Anthony Taylor who, in seasons gone by, has been a dependable man to hand out cards with regularity. However, he’s averaging fewer than four cards per game this season and he’ll let the game flow as much as he can.
With the line being a bit too high for me, I’ll have two points on under four Asian cards, meaning we get our stake back if there are exactly four. We lose if there are five cards in total but I just don’t see that many being brandished in this one.