After a poor run of form, Chelsea will desperately seek to re-establish their place near the top of the Premier League table on Monday afternoon when they host Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge.
With all of the hype and expectation for the Blues entering this campaign, they’ve truly fallen flat on their face. Kai Havertz and Timo Werner are quickly finding out that what may have worked in the Bundesliga, isn’t working in England. That German duo need to be better for what Chelsea has invested.
Meanwhile, Aston Villa enter on Monday not feeling sorry at all for Chelsea. After surviving a real relegation scare last season, Villa have been dynamite so far this year. Dean Smith’s side have already exceeded expectations, and following a huge win against Crystal Palace over the weekend, they look primed and ready to add to Chelsea’s misery. With all of their attacking prowess and speed throughout, this is an exciting team to watch.
All of that should combine to make this fixture one to definitely tune-in for. With talk already mounting of discontent among Chelsea’s star-studded team, it will be fascinating to see if young manager Frank Lampard can right this ship. Expect a lot of skill and speed from what promises to be a thrilling encounter on Monday afternoon. And for more information, as well as team news and a tactical analysis, continue reading below for our winning wager on Chelsea vs. Villa in Gameweek 16.
Chelsea vs. Aston Villa Betting Odds:
Aston Villa (+380)
Over 3 (-110)
Under 3 (-110)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Chelsea vs. Aston Villa Pick:
With no new injury concerns for Frank Lampard, he again has his full squad available for this crucial fixture vs. Aston Villa. His Blues are wildly underperforming at the moment, showing very little creativity or skill in the final third – something this club should be able to do in its sleep.
Look for Chelsea to again trot out a familiar 4-3-3 lineup, though some changes could be made. Expect Timo Werner to be relegated to the bench after another disappointing outing, while the pace and flair of youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi should re-enter the starting eleven.
Chelsea should hold a good advantage in this match-up, as the midfield pairing of Jorginho and N’Golo Kante will prove to be relentless on the ball. That duo are both excellent tacklers and distributors, and should do well to nullify one of Villa’s top strengths – the play of John McGinn in the midfield.
For Villa, it will be interesting to see how attack-minded they play vs. Chelsea. The Blues can be deadly on the counter and have proven to be sturdy in defense. Jack Grealish remains one of England’s best players, and his partnership with Ollie Watkins up top has been nothing short of dynamic. Can that duo trouble Chelsea’s back-line though? Don’t count on it if they aren’t seeing much of the ball.
Look for Chelsea to turn in a very business-like match here. They’re loaded with talent and know that they can and will be better. Though there is little pressure on Villa to get a result, expect them to trouble the Blues with their attacking quality when they’re on the ball. Ultimately expect lots of chances at goal and a fair bit of skill and trickery in what promises to be a thrilling clash. The over 3 goals looks like a solid bet in this one, and if your book offers it – Chelsea to win & over 2.5 goals should also come through.