Chelsea are beginning to lose pace in their title push with a string of losses, but can be backed to bounce back superbly with the visit of Aston Villa.
Premier League 2019/2020
Date: Wednesday, 4th November
Venue: Stamford Bridge
TV Channel: Amazon Prime
The exhaustions of having to play Champions League football seem to be taking its toll on a young Chelsea side, but they should have enough firepower in their tanks to record a ninth league victory after the crushing loss to West Ham last time out.
Aaron Cresswell’s 48th minute strike proved the difference at this venue on Saturday and Frank Lampard had been forced the bemoan his side’s lack of cutting edge in the final third.
They have a chance to end their mini slump which have seen them win just one of their last five games in all competitions. With the likes of Tottenham and Wolves swiftly gaining more ground and picking up results in the race for the top four, this game is a very important one for the Blues.
Aston Villa have arrested their run of three successive losses in the topflight with two decent results recently, beating Newcastle and drawing at Manchester United on Sunday. They will be fired up to pick another point off their next opposition as they continue to distance themselves from the drop zones.
They have lost on all of their last four trips to Stamford Bridge, letting in a total of 15 goals in those trips!
Tammy Abraham missed the loss to West Ham through injury but should recover in time to face his former club here.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek is still a long way from match fitness while the duo of Ross Barkley and Antonio Rudiger are still rated as doubtful.
Dean Smith will have at least one
change to make for the trip to Stamford Bridge, with Frederic Guilbert certain to miss out on suspension.
Anwar El Ghazi pulled up with an injury against Manchester United last time out and has thus, joined Jed Steer and Kienan Davis on the sidelines.
Head to head
Chelsea have won 61 of the last 152 meetings between the two teams to stand out significantly as the favourite here. Villa have 57 wins and have drawn 34.
The visitors have lost eight of the nine most recent encounters, however.
Chelsea have scored at least twice in nine of their last ten
home games against Aston Villa in all competitions.
Aston Villa have conceded at least twice in their last three
away league games.
Chelsea have been winning at both half time and full time in their last four games versus Aston Villa in all competitions.
Chelsea come into this one after the latest of their league losses, but will set their sights on getting maximum points from this much winnable game. Chelsea’s last five games in all competitions (DWLDL)
Aston Villa are back in shape after riding a tide of three straight defeats and are chasing their second win in three games. Aston Villa last five games in all competitions (WLLWD)
Chelsea are huge favourites by bookmakers to emerge victorious from this encounter, and the short prices on offer explains thus. Finding value then, us difficult but Villa buoyed by their recent results can at least hold on till half time. So picking a Draw/Chelsea outcome for 18/5 might just offer something substantial.
And on the goalscorers market, expect Abraham to strike against the club he helped into the topflight anytime at 4/7.