Premier League on Betfair: Chelsea secure title with win over Palace

Chelsea have won the 2014/15 Premier League title after a narrow victory over Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge this afternoon.

Knowing that a victory would secure the title Jose Mourinho‘s men started in slightly nervous fashion with Palace enjoying a fair share of the early possession.

In fact it wasn’t until a few minutes before half-time that Chelsea made the breakthrough, Edez Hazard winning a controversial penalty before seeing his spot-kick saved, only for the PFA Player of the Year to nod home the rebound.

Hazard was matched at [6.0] to score the first goal of the game, while the 1-0 Half Time Score was matched at a high of [8.6].

The second half was played out in an almost subdued fashion, with Chelsea not at their best and Palace unable to create any clear cut chances of their own.

It was as if both sides had settled for the 1-0 outcome as the clock ticked down, though Branislav Ivanovic, Willian, and Didier Drogba almost doubled the home side’s lead in the final 10 minutes. But in essence the concluding moments were an opportunity for the Stamford Bridge faithful to ready their voices for the celebrations at the final whistle.

The Blues were matched at a high of [1.7] In-Play to win the game, and the 1-0 Correct Score was backed at [8.2].

Chelsea have secured the title with three games remaining with a record of 25 wins, eight draws, and just two defeats from their 35 games to this point. They were matched at a high of [4.4] to win the title and never really looked back after opening the campaign with four straight victories, scoring 15 goals in the process.

It wasn’t until early December that the Blues lost their unbeaten record, going down 2-1 at Newcastle, a result that saw their odds drift slightly to [1.61] to be crowned champions.

But it wasn’t until New Year’s Day that Chelsea were joined at the top of the table after they suffered a 5-3 loss at Tottenham. Manchester City’s victory over Sunderland on the same day took Manuel Pellegrini’s men level on points at the top and Chelsea were now trading at [1.75].

But that was as good as it got for the chasers, Mourinho’s men remaining unbeaten until today’s victory secured the title in front of their own fans, and in doing so breaking the recent Manchester dominance.

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In today’s later game Manchester City beat Tottenham 0-1 at White Hart Lane thanks to a solitary Sergio Aguero goal (matched at [5.6] to score first). A City win was matched at [2.6] In-Play, with the 0-1 Correct Score being matched at [15.0].

The result keeps City second in the table, three points ahead of Arsenal who have two games in hand. In what now looks like a two-horse race to finish second, the Gunners can be backed at [1.66] in the Top 2 Finish market, City are available to back at [2.5].