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Blues to battle past Sam’s stubborn Eagles

Blues to battle past Sam’s stubborn Eagles

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Leaders Chelsea will expect to continue their march towards the Premier League title when they welcome Crystal Palace to Stamford Bridge.

The Blues start the weekend 10 points clear at the top of the table but will be facing an Eagles team in good form, having won their last three to climb out of the relegation places.

Antonio Conte’s men have won 19 of their last 22 in the league and are 5/19 to further improve that record having defeated Stoke 2-1 in their last outing.

After missing the game in the Potteries, star man Eden Hazard is again a doubt with a calf issue again but has said he is confident of being ready and is 6/5 to score at anytime.

It means Conte is likely to have a fully fit squad to pick from and having seen his side score over 2.5 goals in 11 of their last 13 at home in the Premier League, they are 29/20 to repeat the trick.

Following a flaky start after arriving in December, Palace boss Sam Allardyce is now clearly getting his ideas across, with his team currently on a run of three straight wins without conceding.

That has helped them move up to 16th in the table and another victory is 11/1, while the draw is priced at 9/2.

Allardyce’s men still have a number of injury issues but their January signings seem to be working, with Mamadou Sakho and Luka Milivojevic adding the extra steel required to allow the club’s flair players to thrive.

They are still without some big names but are likely to start with the same XI that defeated Watford last time out.

Palace’s improved defence means a repeat of the 1-0 win Chelsea secured in December could well be an option at 11/2 and the visitors are sure to be keen to keep things tight for as long as possible.

The Eagles won at Stamford Bridge last season and another 2-1 away victory certainly provides plenty of value at 32/1, while the same result for the home team is 19/2.

Despite the recent strides made by Allardyce’s side, it looks like the Blues should take another step towards the Premier League title on Saturday by battling to all three points.

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