Chelsea will try to stay in the running to earn a trophy this season when it faces Crystal Palace on Sunday in a 2021-22 English FA Cup semifinal at Wembley Stadium. The Blues are out of the Champions League, lost to Liverpool in the League Cup final and are 12 points back in the Premier League title race. This is the last chance for the reigning European champs to earn some silverware, and they have won nine straight games against Crystal Palace. But the Eagles are 5-2-1 in their past eight games, including impressive results against a couple of top teams, so they won't back down. The winner will face Liverpool or Manchester City, who play in the other semifinal Saturday, in the FA Cup title game May 14.
Kickoff is set for 11:30 a.m. ET in London. Chelsea is the -165 favorite (risk $165 to win $100) on the 90-minute money line in Caesars Sportsbook's latest Chelsea vs. Crystal Palace odds. Palace is a +470 underdog, a draw is priced at +295 and the over-under for total goals scored is set at 2.5. Before making any Crystal Palace vs. Chelsea picks or any English FA Cup predictions, you need to see what proven soccer insider Martin Green has to say.
After working in the sports betting industry for several years, Green became a professional sports writer and handicapper and has covered the game worldwide. Since then, his European soccer picks have been stunningly accurate. Green has generated almost $35,000 for $100 bettors since the 2017-18 season, and he has his finger on the pulse of the game all over the globe.
Now, Green has broken down the Chelsea vs. Crystal Palace matchup from every angle, and just revealed his coveted picks and FA Cup predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see his picks. Here are the betting lines and trends for Crystal Palace vs. Chelsea:
- Chelsea vs. Crystal Palace spread: Chelsea -0.5 (-180)
- Chelsea vs. Crystal Palace over-under: 2.5 goals
- Chelsea vs. Crystal Palace money line: Chelsea -165, Palace +470, Draw +295
- CHL: It has scored 26 goals in its last 10 matches
- CP: It has conceded six goals in its last 10 games
Why you should back Chelsea
The Blues have scored nine goals in their past two games and have outscored Crystal Palace 12-1 in the last four meetings. Despite a 3-1 loss to Real Madrid in their Champions League quarterfinal, they should bring confidence after nearly pulling off the epic comeback on the road. Chelsea crushed Southampton 6-0 in last Saturday's league match, getting two goals from both Mason Mount and Timo Werner and another from Kai Havertz. The creativity of Mount and the speed of Werner and Havertz has caused defense trouble, and each has at least 10 goals.
Mount has scored 11 and set up 14 in all competitions, with Havertz (11) and Werner (10) benefitting from his vision. Chelsea has scored the third-most goals (64) in the Premier League and allowed the third-fewest (23), and it has the depth to rest its weary players. USMNT star Christian Pulisic has six goals in limited action but could play a bigger role Sunday. Edouard Mendy is one of the world's top goalkeepers and is second in the EPL in save percentage (78.4). Palace has just one shot on target over the last two meetings, 3-0 and 1-0 Blues wins.
Why you should back Crystal Palace
Eagles manager Patrick Vieira is well-versed on this competition, having won it four times as a player with Arsenal, and he will have his team ready. The squad has been organized and unpredictable under his guidance, and it has some pace that could cause trouble for a Chelsea team that is likely to be fatigued. Palace is tied for the most draws in the Premier League with 13, so it always keeps the game close. One of those was a 0-0 stalemate with league leader Man City a month ago. Then it beat fifth-place Arsenal 3-0 in its next Premier League game.
In between, it eviscerated Everton 4-0 in its FA Cup quarterfinal, with Wilfried Zaha and Jean Phillipe-Mateta among those getting on the score sheet. They are the core of the attack, with Zaha scoring 12 goals in all competitions and Mateta adding six. Jordan Ayew (two goals) also has the pace to make a difference. The Palace defense has been solid, allowing 40 goals in 31 league games and conceding the fifth-fewest shots (372). The Eagles will be eager to bounce back from a 2-1 loss to Leicester City last Sunday that snapped their eight-game unbeaten run.
How to make FA Cup and Chelsea vs. Crystal Palace picks
Green has scrutinized the Chelsea vs. Crystal Palace match from all sides, and he is leaning over on the goal total. He also provides two other confident best bets and has a full breakdown of the match. He's only sharing his expert FA Cup picks at SportsLine.
So, who wins Crystal Palace vs. Chelsea in Sunday's English FA Cup semifinal? And where does all the betting value lie? Visit SportsLine now to see the best bets for the Chelsea vs. Crystal Palace match, all from the European soccer expert who has generated almost $35,000 for $100 bettors over the past four seasons, and find out.