Both Teams to Score in Terry’s Rare Absence

Crystal palace v chelsea

Both teams to score in the derby between Chelsea and Crystal Palace, a bet that is available at odds of +105 with several bookmakers, including BetVictor and William Hill, is the best way to play on the English Premier League card.

Chelsea has made a poor start to its English Premier League title defence, conceding at least two goals in each of its three matches, two of which were against sides that are not likely to challenge for honours – Swansea and West Bromwich.

John Terry did not miss a single second of Chelsea’s English Premier League campaign last season but the Blues captain is not going to be an ever-present player this term because he will miss Saturday’s game at Stamford Bridge after being sent off versus West Bromwich at The Hawthorns. Terry may not be the central defender that he once was but Chelsea is not used to lining up without him in the heart of its back four and Saturday’s match is one of those English Premier League games in which Crystal Palace, which has one of the most effervescent attacks in the competition, has nothing to lose and everything to gain. All the pressure is on Chelsea because one more home flop, even at this early stage of the English Premier League season, could kill its title chance.

Both teams have scored in each of Crystal Palace’s three English Premier League matches and such a bet would have been successful had one placed it on the English Capital One Cup tie between the Eagles and Shrewsbury. Patrick Bamford cannot play for Crystal Palace because he is on loan from Chelsea, and his contract forbids it but the Eagles have such a wealth of attacking options that they are becoming the second favourite side of many English Premier League fans.

One thinks that Sunderland is the worst team in the English Premier League and one cannot allow Aston Villa to pass by at odds just shy of even money – -105 with Coral – to beat the Black Cats at Villa Park on Saturday.

Both Aston Villa and Sunderland made hard work of defeating fourth-tier opposition at home in the English Capital One Cup on Tuesday but at least the Villans had the excuse of resting more of their regular starters against Notts County than the Black Cats wrapped in cotton wool versus Exeter.

Aston Villa has had a tougher set of English Premier League fixtures to kick off its campaign than those that Sunderland has faced but the Villans have banked two more points than the Black Cats and the noises out of the Stadium of Light are not good. Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat has slammed previous Black Cats regimes for their transfer deals and that is not going to do anything positive for morale.

The most recent English Premier League game between Aston Villa and Sunderland resulted in a 4-0 away victory for the Villans. Such a result on Saturday may be fanciful but one thinks that Aston Villa is overpriced to get three points.

Finally, West Ham under Slaven Bilic is developing into the mess that one thought that it would and one cannot see the Hammers getting anything from its English Premier League trip to Liverpool in another of Saturday’s eight matches.

West Ham bowed out of the UEFA Europa League to Romanian minnow Astra and, if it was not for the Hammers upsetting Arsenal 2-0 in the English Premier League first round, the Boleyn Ground faithful may be screaming for Bilic’s head already. Back-to-back English Premier League home losses to Bournemouth and Leicester are more indicative of West Ham’s level than its shock victory at Arsenal and Bilic, as one wrote before he selected his first Hammers side, does not have a managerial record that stands up to close inspection.

Liverpool is trading at odds of -250 with many bookmakers, including Totesport, to beat West Ham and the Reds look like the best short-priced side on the English Premier League program. Liverpool defeated Bournemouth 1-0 at home, whereas West Ham lost 3-4 to the Cherries at home.

Tips Summary

Chelsea v C Palace BTTS
29th August 15:00 GMT
Odds:  +105

A Villa to beat Sunderland
29th August 15:00 GMT
Odds:  -105

Liverpool to beat West Ham
29th August 15:00 GMT
Odds:  -250

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