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  • Can Chelsea finally get a good result?
  • They'll have a chance to do that on Sunday against Crystal Palace.
  • Read on to see how Jonathan Wright is forecasting the fixture.

Chelsea vs. Crystal Palace Odds

Sunday, Jan. 15
9 a.m. ET
USA Network
Chelsea Odds-145
Crystal Palace Odds+425
Over/Under2.5 (+105 / -130)
Both Teams to Score (Yes/No)(-105 / -115)
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Chelsea hope to catch their breath and bounce back from a three-game skid when they take on Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Every game counts for Chelsea at this point in the season, as they currently sit 10th in the table and have recorded just nine points in their last 10 league outings. Meanwhile, Crystal Palace haven't looked any better, sitting two places behind the Blues in 12th.

Can Graham Potter put together a game plan to overcome Chelsea's latest run of form, or will Palace pour more gasoline on the fire that is
smoldering in London?

Here is our breakdown of the Chelsea vs. Crystal Palace odds, and my pick for Sunday.

Chelsea Amid an Injury Crisis

While Potter hasn't been on the job for long, fans are already calling for his head after winning just two of their last 10 EPL matches. However, for all the criticism the former Brighton manager is receiving, he deserves a bit of slack given the state of the roster.

With Denis Zakaria having to come off after hurting his thigh during their 2-1 loss to Fulham, Chelsea's injury list has increased to 10 first-team players. Not to mention new loanee Joao Felix will miss the next month due to picking up a straight red in his debut.

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ā€” B/R Football (@brfootball) January 13, 2023

With all the forced lineup changes, the Blues have struggled to find chemistry on both ends of the pitch. They have just 21 league goals this season and have just one clean sheet in their last 10 competitions.

There may be signs that their attacking prowess is beginning to click, though. During the Fulham match, they recorded a season-high 2.1 xG and accumulated 10 shots on target.

Yes, Fulham are statistically the worst defense in the league, but sometimes all it takes is a boost of confidence.

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Crystal Palace Look to Score Early

Crystal Palace have been very inconsistent this season. They look like a top-half-of-the-table team one week and then a team that could find themselves in the relegation battle the next.

They have started the new year looking like the team fighting for relegation. The Eagles are still hunting for their first point of 2023 after losing 4-0 to Tottenham on January 4 and then 2-1 in the FA Cup last weekend to Southampton.

Palace struggle to break teams down in the attack and thus rely on shots from a distance. Their average shot is from 18.3 yards, the fourth farthest in the league, which has resulted in a low 16.8 xG this season (second lowest in the league).

Patrick Vieira's style of play also seems to leave his side worn out after the first 45 minutes, especially when they don't have their home fans behind them to provide an extra spark. The Eagles have netted 75% of their eight away goals this season in the first half.

Coincidentally, Chelsea have not conceded a goal in the first half at home in the Premier League all season.

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Chelsea vs. Crystal Palace Pick

Though Chelsea have enough injuries to field a starting XI, they still have a superior roster to Crystal Palace and should be able to pull out a much-needed victory at home.

Chelsea have won their last 10 league matches against Crystal Palace ā€” their third-longest winning streak against a single opponent in their club history ā€“ and this is truly a must win spot.

With the moneyline listed under -150, this certainly feels like a buy-low spot to take advantage of.

Pick: Chelsea ML (-145)

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