Kick-off: 1615, 21/06/2020
Stadium: Villa Park
TV: Sky Sports
Aston Villa play their second game since the Premier League season resumed while Chelsea return to action for the first time.
The big question for punters is whether Villa will be better for having already sampled the strange feeling of playing in an empty stadium, or whether Chelsea’s fresher legs will give them the edge.
Chelsea’s extra quality should be the difference and it is in defence where Villa’s biggest problems lie so an away win and over 2.5 goals at 11/10 is our opening Aston Villa vs Chelsea prediction.
A Look At Aston Villa’s Betting Odds
Villa failed to escape the bottom three on Wednesday evening when they had to settle for a goalless draw against Sheffield United and now do not have a game in hand on their relegation rivals.
The visit of Chelsea is part of a daunting run-in where they also play Wolves, Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool and Everton in their final nine games.
Boss Dean Smith was happy with his side’s performance as they got used to playing behind closed doors at least, with Villa having created the best chances.
“We know we need more performances like that to stay in this league,” said Smith. “I said I wanted to make the supporters proud and hopefully they were watching and seen the work we’ve been doing over the last 14 weeks.”
They had a lucky escape on Wednesday when a problem with the goal-line technology meant they kept a welcome clean sheet but it is worth remembering that Villa players have made 10 errors leading to goals in the Premier League this season – more than any other team in the competition.
Their haul of 34 goals is respectable at least and they have found the net in all six of their home defeats so let’s back them to lose but both teams to score at 37/20 in the Aston Villa vs Chelsea odds.
Last Aston Villa line-up: Nyland, Hause, Konsa, Targett, Mings, Hourihane, McGinn, Douglas Luiz, Grealish, Davis, El Ghazi.
A Look At Chelsea’s Betting Odds
Chelsea are the Premier League’s entertainers on the road, with their 14 away matches producing a division-high 53 goals.
Last weekend’s friendly against QPR suggested that trend could continue as they eased to a 7-1 win at Loftus Road.
Fit-again Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Billy Gilmour both scored twice with Mason Mount, Willian and Olivier Giroud also netting for Frank Lampard’s side.
N’Golo Kante started having made his comeback to training later than the majority of the squad because of safety fears amid the coronavirus pandemic.
We expect Chelsea will look to take control early, especially given that Villa had lost the first half in their last seven league games prior to Wednesday’s stalemate.
The Blues have won the first half in six of their last nine matches so our final Aston Villa vs Chelsea prediction is for the visitors to be leading at both half-time and full-time at 13/10.
Last Chelsea line-up: Kepa, Rudiger, Alonso, Zouma, Azpilicueta, Barkley, Mount, Gilmour, Willian, Pedro, Giroud.
ASTON VILLA 0-0 Sheff Utd
CHELSEA 4-0 Everton – Mason Mount, Pedro, Willian, Olivier Giroud
Head-to-head: Chelsea 2-1 Aston Villa, Aston Villa 0-4 Chelsea, Chelsea 2-0 Aston Villa
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