Aston Villa vs Chelsea betting tips: Premier League match preview & predictions

UPDATE: Callum Hudson Odoi has tested positive for Corona Virus. It is very likely that this match, and all others this weekend, will be called off.

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Aston Villa vs Chelsea prediction: Aston Villa 1-2 Chelsea

Aston Villa are looking to avoid a sixth consecutive defeat in all competitions. An unlikely win could lift Aston Villa out of the relegation zone.

Chelsea will be full of confidence following massive back-to-back wins over Chelsea and Liverpool.

The Blues should be expected to pull off a fairly routine win here, even with a growing injury list.

Aston Villa vs Chelsea: Who will win?

Chelsea have won nine of their last 10 matches against Aston Villa in all competitions. Chelsea are 3/5 favourites to win the match while Aston Villa are priced at 4/1. The draw can be backed at 10/3.

Aston Villa have been losing at half time and full time in each of their last four league matches. Bet on Chelsea to be winning at half time and full time at 6/4.

Olivier Giroud scored his second league goal of the season last weekend. Giroud is 9/2 to open the scoring and 6/5 to score anytime.

Aston Villa vs Chelsea Premier League match preview

Relegation-threatened Aston Villa host Chelsea at Villa Park on Saturday.

Things are looking grim for Villa following their 4-0 defeat at Leicester on Monday. Villa are only two points from safety but they have a worse goal difference than the sides above them and they still have to play Wolves, Liverpool, Manchester United, Everton and Arsenal in their final nine matches.

Chelsea remain three points clear of Manchester United following last weekend’s emphatic 4-0 win over Everton. Mason Mount, Pedro, Willian and Olivier Giroud all scored before the hour mark in a statement win for the Blues.

Villa have won five and drawn two of their 13 league games at Villa Park, the fourth-worst record in the league. Only West Ham and Norwich have conceded more goals at home than Villa’s 24.

Chelsea have the third-best away record in the league, winning seven and drawing three of their 14 matches on the road.

Saturday’s game will be the 50th Premier League meeting between the two sides. Chelsea have won just over half of their previous clashes, drawing 12 and losing 12. Aston Villa’s last win over Chelsea came almost exactly six years ago in March 2014.

Chelsea were 2-1 winners in the reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge in December. Tammy Abraham opened the scoring but Trezequet equalised before the break. Shortly after the restart Mason Mount scored the winning goal.

Chelsea won 4-0 on their last Premier League visit to Villa Park in April 2016. Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Pedro (2) and Alexandre Pato were on the scoresheet that day. Alan Hutton was sent off.

Aston Villa team news vs Chelsea

Aston Villa doesn’t have too many injury concerns ahead of this one.

Saturday will probably come too soon for John McGinn to start but he could be on the bench following an ankle injury.

Danny Drinkwater is ineligible to face his parent club, although his Aston Villa days look numbered anyway following a training ground bust up with Jota in the week.

Smith may be tempted to make changes from the side which was hammered at the King Power. Ezri Konsa, Keinan Davis, Trezeguet, Neil Taylor and Anwar El Ghazi will all be hoping for minutes.

Pepe Reina is likely to keep his place in goal despite a costly error last time out.

Wesley and Tom Heaton remain sidelined with serious knee injuries.

Chelsea team news vs Aston Villa

Frank Lampard could be without as many as eight first-team players, four of which are central midfielders.

Jorginho will serve a suspension after picking up his 10th booking of the season. Mateo Kovacic and N’Golo Kante are both injured, so Chelsea will play without a recognised defensive midfielder.

Billy Gilmour should be rewarded with another start following his man of the match display against Everton.

Mason Mount faces a late fitness test after picking up a knee injury last weekend.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek has been in and around the first-team squad over the last few weeks but indications are that he is not fit enough yet to play.

Olivier Giroud will continue in attack as Tammy Abraham is out with an ankle injury.

Kurt Zouma and Antonio Rudiger could be preferred to Andreas Christensen and Fikayo Tomori.

Teenage duo Armando Broja and Faustino Anjorin were surprise debutants last weekend, coming off the bench against Everton. Both will hope to be involved in the matchday sqaud.

Saturday’s game will come too soon for Christian Pulisic while Callum Hudson-Odoi is a long-term absentee.

Aston Villa predicted line-up vs Chelsea

Predicted Aston Villa XI vs Chelsea

Predicted Aston Villa XI vs Chelsea

Chelsea predicted line-up vs Aston Villa

Predicted Chelsea XI vs Aston Villa

Predicted Chelsea XI vs Aston Villa

All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

Billy Gilmour on Man of the Match performance

Highlights: Chelsea 4-0 Everton

Highlights: Leicester 4-0 Aston Villa

Premier League table

#TeamMPWDLFADP
1Liverpool FC29271166214582
2Manchester City28183768313757
3Leicester City29165858283053
4Chelsea FC29146951391248
5Manchester United29129844301445
6Wolverhampton Wanderers29101364134743
7Sheffield United28111073025543
8Tottenham Hotspur29118104740741
9Arsenal FC2891364036440
10Burnley FC29116123440-639
11Crystal Palace29109102632-639
12Everton FC29107123746-937
13Newcastle United2998122541-1635
14Southampton FC29104153552-1734
15Brighton & Hove Albion29611123240-829
16West Ham United2976163550-1527
17Watford FC2969142744-1727
18AFC Bournemouth2976162947-1827
19Aston Villa2874173456-2225
20Norwich City2956182552-2721
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