It’s hard to be too bullish about Chelsea for this EPL opener against Crystal Palace. The Blues clash with Villarreal in the Super Cup on Wednesday, with Thomas Tuchel having to assess the state of players returning from Euro 2020. He might also hope to have landed Romelu Lukaku by the time this game kicks off, although he might play no part in this clash.

Perhaps Timo Werner will demonstrate that he’s still a goal getter and we might expect an improved return from the former Leipzig striker, while Kai Havertz is another German forward with the potential to explode and he was the match winner against Manchester City in the Champions League final.

Chelsea are massive favourites to win against a Crystal Palace side who are now operating under Patrick Vieira, with the Eagles retaining the services of Wilfried Zaha, while Christian Benteke is a centre forward who has the potential to continue enjoying a renaissance.

We can’t predict how Palace are going to fare under the relatively unproven Vieira this term, with the Frenchman having signed Marc Guehi and Michael Olise among others, although Eberechi Eze is currently injured. We’ll go for Over 2.5 Goals rather than risk backing Chelsea at short odds.

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