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Maurizio Sarri's Chelsea are fancied to make it 11 games unbeaten in the Premier League this season as they host Crystal Palace on Sunday.


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Chelsea v Crystal Palace (1600 GMT, November 4, Sky Sports Premier League)

A London derby where the odds are well in favour of the hosts, and rightly so after their unbeaten start under Maurizio Sarri.

The Blues were given a tough test by Sky Bet Championship side Derby in midweek, but they had a much-changed team and should be convincing here.

Roy Hodgson's Crystal Palace have won just two Premier League games so far this season, both away from home after struggling in front of goal at Selhurst Park. They finally broke their duck by scoring twice in a draw with in-form Arsenal last week and this match comes in a tough fixture run with Tottenham and Man United to follow in the next two outings.

The Eagles can take confidence from the fact they have beaten the Blues three times in the last three seasons - two of those coming at Stamford Bridge.


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Ross Barkley celebrates Alvaro Morata's (right) goal at Burnley

Prediction: Chelsea 2-1 Crystal Palace (Sky Bet odds: 8/1)

The Blues can make it 11 games unbeaten in the Premier League and it is hard to see any complacency kicking in here. Two of their last three games have been against bottom-half opposition, scoring seven goals without conceding. Hodgson's side will put up a fight and hope Wilfried Zaha can inspire them, but the Blues should succeed without really having to hit top gear.

Best bet: Aaron Wan-Bissaka to be carded at 4/1

The Crystal Palace youngster can be rash at times and in a difficult match at Stamford Bridge, against the attacking-minded Marcos Alonso and Eden Hazard, 4/1 could be good value for him to be cautioned by Michael Oliver. He saw red against another title-chasing side in Liverpool earlier in the season and Chelsea's attack could cause him problems down Palace's right-hand side.

Goals: Luka Milivojevic to score and lose at 14/1

The Palace midfielder scored two penalties against Arsenal last week and had a spot-kick saved by Jordan Pickford against Everton in the previous week. He is usually reliable from penalty situations and Wilfried Zaha - Palace's key man - can draw in fouls in the final third. In terms of Chelsea scorers, Marcos Alonso is worth a shout at a general price of 4/1. The Spanish full-back averages nearly two shots per game and is due a goal in the Premier League. Ross Barkley, meanwhile, is in form having scored three and assisted three in his last three Premier League appearances. The England ace is a best price of 9/4 anytime.

RequestABet: Chelsea to win, BTTS, Luka Milivojevic to score and Wan-Bissaka to be carded at 80/1


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Luka Milivojevic celebrates after scoring a penalty for Crystal Palace against Arsenal
  • Chelsea have lost two of their last three Premier League meetings with Crystal Palace (W1), as many as they had in their first 15 against them in the competition (W11 D2 L2).
  • Crystal Palace have won two of their last three away league games against Chelsea (L1), more than they had in their previous 18 combined at Stamford Bridge (W1 D8 L9).
  • None of the last 14 Premier League meetings between Chelsea and Crystal Palace have finished as a draw, with Chelsea winning 10 to the Eagles’ four.
  • Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is unbeaten in his first 10 Premier League games as a manager (W7 D3 L0) – only one manager has had a longer unbeaten start, with Frank Clark managing 11 without defeat with Nottingham Forest in 1994.
  • Four of Chelsea’s last eight Premier League goals have been scored by English players (three Barkley, one Loftus-Cheek) – excluding own-goals, prior to this run just four of their previous 100 goals were scored by Englishmen.
  • Crystal Palace – 2-0 winners at Fulham in August – haven’t won two away Premier League London derbies in a single campaign since the 1997-98 season, when they won at Wimbledon and Spurs.
  • Ross Barkley has scored in each of his last three Premier League games for Chelsea – only two Englishmen have scored in four in a row for the Blues, with Frank Lampard doing so on three separate occasions (2005, 2010 and 2013) and Mark Stein scoring in seven in a row in 1994.
  • Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has lost his last four Premier League matches at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea – his only win there was in his first visit in April 1998 with Blackburn Rovers.
  • Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has won his four Premier League matches against British managers (Howe, Warnock, Hughes and Dyche) by an aggregate score of 13-1.
  • Since the start of last season, Luka Milivojevic has scored nine Premier League penalties for Crystal Palace – more than any of the other 22 clubs competing in the top-flight in that time have scored.

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