Crystal Palace take on the visitors Chelsea in the round 24 match of English Premier League. The match will be played on Monday, February 12th at Selhurst Park (London).
Crystal Palace are generally performing at a decent level. The Eagles, of course, aren't shining - but that's been the case throughout their current tenure in the Premier League. However, they consistently manage to accumulate enough points to avoid relegation to the Championship year after year. Yes, the management tried to change something, but the one-and-a-half-year experiment of Vieira ended with Patrick being fired, and everything he had done was successfully cleaned up by Hodgson a year ago. Old Roy is still often rumored to be dismissed, and his charges do indeed often suffer defeats. But they offset these failures with occasional victories, which allow them to stay above the one point per match mark. So January ended with a successful shootout, a 3-2 win over Sheffield United. But it was followed by a resounding 1-4 loss to Brighton, who seemed simply uninterested in scoring more.
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Chelsea now, with almost two-thirds of the season behind them, are leading their blatantly weak and not particularly motivated tournament neighbor by 7 points. In the last round, they were convincingly defeated at Stamford Bridge by Wolverhampton, and all they could do was avoid a rout (Thiago Silva utilized Mudrik's corner kick and scored 2-4). As a result, the Wolves surpassed the aristocrats in the league table, pushing them out of the top 10. It's clear that there will be no return after the failure of 2022/2023, and repeating last year's 12th place with Pochettino as manager and new hundreds of millions spent on squad renovation won't happen either. Interestingly, they didn't buy anyone in January, although Mauricio had some requests. Essentially, the only success for the Argentine after returning to London is that his charges, despite all the problems, defeated both Newcastle and Middlesbrough and reached the final of the League Cup. The other issue is that at the end of the month, competing for the trophy with Liverpool, and Klopp definitely wants to win something in England as a parting gift. This week there was a cup replay with Aston Villa. After a 0-0 draw in London, the trip to Birmingham unexpectedly brought a confident 3-1 victory.
The Glassmakers seem too fragile in this matchup. They've been beaten 13 times in a row since 2017, and the December match was no exception, ending 2-1. The odds show that the Blues are considered the clear favorites. But it seems they are once again overestimating Mudrik and company - here we bet on the victory of the home team with a +1.0 goal handicap.
Prediction for the match: Crystal Palace to win with +1.0 handicap.