Chelsea v Aston Villa Preview & Odds
Barclays Premier League will pit Chelsea and Aston Villa on Saturday, September 27, at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea plays to keep the unbeaten starts to the season ongoing. While Aston Villa will play with the intention of defeating the Blues on their home ground, unbeaten starts to the season will not be on the agenda. Their unbeaten streak has already been snapped the week before. The Blues remain unbeaten even though the draw at Manchester City snapped their 100 percent start to the season.
Among betters, Chelsea are the clear favorite to win the match. Odds look more promising for the Blues in light of the last seven Premier League games where Chelsea hosted Aston Villa. The Blues have scored a total of 27 goals in these matches compared to the eight that were attempted by Aston Villa. They have won by large margins including a massive 8-0 win and another 7-1 win against Villa.
Overall, Chelsea have dominated the League games since mid-2000s. A constant feature of the â€œBig Fourâ€ of the League, they current sit at the top of the table this season. They have all of their last five matches in the League save the one against Manchester City, which ended in a draw.
Villa don’t look so strong in comparison. They have not won three away games at Premier League matches since the spring of 2010. Last weekend saw them lose to the Gunners (Arsenal won 3-0) and drop to number three on the table. They do, however, head to Stamford Bridge with memories of the recent victory at Anfield and could very well perform the same feat on Blues’ home grounds. However, much of the disaster against Arsenal was due to the absence of several players who were hit by the flu and the Villains will be prepared to salvage themselves. It is also noteworthy that Villa are the only League team this season to yield an away goal.
Given the 27 goals made by Chelsea while hosting the Villains, expect an action packed game with three goals at the very least. By the men of Jose Mourinho, that is. Mourinho has managed the men for nine games against Aston Villa and scored 13 points in total from these games. Guess where a majority of these points have been scored?
Stamford Bridge has been the venue of 10 of these points! To ensure his men continue to have the upper hand over Paul Lambert’s men, the manager has made several changes to the line up and Chelsea thus are well rested for the battle at Stamford Bridge. These include striker Diego da Silva Costa, who is expected to make a return after his hamstring injury.
Diego has hit the ball on target more times than the Villains have as a team in the Premier League. He has scored 11 goals for the Blues in total and is the betting favorite this year. AndrÃ© SchÃ¼rrle has scored only two of his 10 League goals at Stamford Bridge. If the forward overcomes his aversion for Chelsea’s home-ground, the Blues can look for a sure win.