Chelsea v Aston Villa Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Premier League Chelsea v Aston Villa

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019


Stamford Bridge

Punter's Pick

Unsurprisingly Chelsea start this game as strong favourites but this looks set to be a tough clash for the top-four hopefuls. The London side have lost their last two Premier League games while Villa have beaten Newcastle and gained a draw at Old Trafford in that time. Therefore it may be worth putting a small punt on Aston Villa in the Double Chance market with Bet365 which is currently priced at 5/2. We also think that goals will not be easy to come by for either team playing so soon after some tough fixtures which makes the under 3.5 goals market look very appealing at 4/5.

Chelsea welcome Aston Villa to Stamford Bridge² in the hope of getting their top four hopes back on track. The London side have been stuttering of late while their opponents have improved in recent weeks and despite their positions in the table, this is actually a tough one to call.

Chelsea have made great strides under Frank Lampard and an excellent run of just one loss in 11 games showed the improvements made. However the Blues have just hit a sticky patch again having gone winless in their last three in all competitions. A 2-1 loss to champions Manchester City was followed by a 2-2 away draw against Valencia – a game they were leading through Christian Pulisic until the final eight minutes when the Spaniards equalised. As with most teams a Champions League hangover followed and they were beaten 1-0 by London rivals West Ham who scored the only goal through an excellent solo strike from full-back Aaron Cresswell. The Blues dominated possession and had chances of their own but a resolute Hammers side managed to stop their own downturn in form by grabbing an unlikely away win. Given Villa’s recent form, this could again be a banana skin for Lampard’s men and will be an intriguing encounter on Wednesday night.

Aston Villa come into this game having beaten Newcastle 2-0 courtesy of goals from Conor Hourihane and Anwar El Ghazi. The team dominated that fixture and followed this up with an excellent display away at Manchester United. The Villans went ahead through a wonder strike from talisman Jack Grealish only to be pegged back by a Tom Heaton own goal and Victor Lindelof header. But the character shown by the midlanders was evident as Tyrone Mings squared things up having gone a goal down just moments earlier. The form and linkup play of Grealish was excellent throughout and he was able to carry the ball and most of Villa’s attacks to United and they were desperately unlucky not to get more out of the game. The games don’t get any easier but Villa are finding themselves more at ease playing against the big teams and were unlucky to concede a 90th minute header from Sadio Mane a few weeks ago when playing leaders Liverpool. This draw against a big side is a step forward and they will be looking to go one better by beating a top four side when they visit West London.

In team news, Chelsea remain without Ruben Loftus-Cheek while Tammy Abraham is struggling to be declared fit in time. The young striker missed out against West Ham with Olivier Giroud coming in to little effect, so Michy Batshuayi may also be in the manager’s ear pushing for a start. Ross Barkley and Antonio Rudiger could declare themselves fit having missed some games in recent weeks.

Aston Villa will be sweating on the fitness of Anwar El Ghazi who picked up a knock in the game against Manchester United. Bjorn Engels and Jota could also be involved as they look to make comebacks from their respective injuries.

Punter's Pick

Unsurprisingly Chelsea start this game as strong favourites but this looks set to be a tough clash for the top-four hopefuls. The London side have lost their last two Premier League games while Villa have beaten Newcastle and gained a draw at Old Trafford in that time. Therefore it may be worth putting a small punt on Aston Villa in the Double Chance market with Bet365 which is currently priced at 5/2. We also think that goals will not be easy to come by for either team playing so soon after some tough fixtures which makes the under 3.5 goals market look very appealing at 4/5.

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