Aston Villa v Chelsea
Sunday 21st June 2020
Villa Park Stadium
It has been a really poor season for Aston Villa on there return to The Premier League and they look in real real danger of going back down after just a solitary season. They spent big last summer but like Fulham the season before that is no guarantee for Premier League survival. Before the break they looked bereft of any confidence and have conceded goals at an alarming rate all season and have conceded more than any team in the league. They picked up a point against Sheffield Utd but in very fortunate circumstances when “Hawkeye” failed to award a goal when the ball clearly crossed the line.
Dean Smith has some issues with his squad and will be without Tom Heaton, Bjorn Engels and Wesley through injury and Danny Drinkwater is unavailable due to terms in his loan agreement from Chelsea. Better news for Villa is that Frederic Guilbert has returned to training and is in contention to play on Sunday and also John McGinn came through 76 minutes against Sheffield Utd and he showed no ill effects of the Fractured Ankle he sustained in December. If Villa are to survive getting McGinn firing is vitally important.
Villa have picked up 18 of there 26 points up at Villa Park and you feel that the destiny of this season will come down to home form. This is the toughest test they have left at Home and they will be hoping to catch Chelsea cold and we saw in the Bundesliga that the bigger teams took some time to get back into the swing of things without fans and after such a long lay off. It might not be for everyone but the 11/2 Betway might appeal to a few Villains. Villa are not prolific and there best bet to open up Chelsea may well come from set pieces and Tyrone Mings is always a threat from dead ball situations so the ex Ipswich man is our outsider pick at 16/1 to score anytime with Unibet
Form – WLLLLD – (All Competitions)
Frank Lampard has done a super job in his first season at Chelsea, they were under a transfer embargo last season when he took over and had to give youth a chance, something previous Chelsea managers have not been willing to do. Fikayo Timori, Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham have all repaid the faith Lampard has shown in them by becoming full England Internationals this season. With Chelsea sitting in 4th Place and the Embargo now over and already announced 2 Quality Signings it looks like the good times at Chelsea will continue.
Chelsea have aquired two quality attacking players for next season in Hakim Ziyach and Timo Werner so the current squad will have to prove to Lampard that they are worthy of a place in his squad. Ruben Loftus-Cheek has had a disrupted season due to an ongoing achilles complaint but he is fit to take his place in the squad and may even start. N’Golo Kante should definately start for Chelsea despite his concerns about returning to football. The Frenchman is a vital cog in this Chelsea midfield and his return will be welcomed by Lampard. Fikayo Timori and Callum Hudson-Odoi both miss out through injuries and it will be interesting to see if Pedro is named in the squad after he confirmed he will leave Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea have a formidable record against Villa in recent times with 9 wins from the last 10 fixtures so they will be in plenty of weekend accumulators and they are a best price of 1/2 with Coral to claim a further 3 points in the pursuit of Champions League Football. Tammy Abraham will have been mindful of the midweek purchase of Timo Werner from RB Leipzig and the England International will now have a fight on his hands to be Chelsea’s main man from next season when the German arrives at Stamford Bridge. Abraham spent time on loan at Villa last season so will be fully aware of the defensive frailties and he is 3/1 to open the scoring at Villa Park with William Hill
Form – LWLDWW – (All Competitions)
Head 2 Head – Last 6
|15 Mar 2014||Aston Villa v Chelsea||W||1-0||Premier League|
|27 Sep 2014||Chelsea v Aston Villa||L||3-0||Premier League|
|07 Feb 2015||Aston Villa v Chelsea||L||1-2||Premier League|
|17 Oct 2015||Chelsea v Aston Villa||L||2-0||Premier League|
|02 Apr 2016||Aston Villa v Chelsea||L||0-4||Premier League|
|04 Dec 2019||Chelsea v Aston Villa||L||2-1||Premier League|
Best Odds & Prediction
Aston Villa are now in dire need of a Premier League win as Brighton picked up 3 Points and Watford picked up a point in there fixtures but it really is hard to see how Dean Smith’s men will pick anything up against Chelsea. Frank Lampard has made a real impression at Stamford Bridge and his side look well on course for Champions League Qualification and they will be relishing the chance to go to Villa Park against a Villa side who just cannot stop conceding Goals. Add in that Villa have taken just 2 Points from a Possible 63 against the Top 6 and this just looks a forgone conclusion and I expect a straight forward away win.