It wasn’t the return to the Premier League a desperate Aston Villa side was hoping for on Wednesday, and it isn’t going to get any easier Sunday as they host Chelsea at Villa Park.
Aston Villa were soundly outplayed, and likely should have lost their mid-week clash to Sheffield United. A missed goal by VAR was ruled out, preserving a point for Aston Villa, at a crucial point in the season when they need every result they can secure. They remain in a pretty precarious position, sitting 19th in the Premier League in their first year back from the Championship. If they can’t start getting three points consistently, they’ll be back down for the start of next season.
Chelsea meanwhile continue their push for Champions League soccer under manager Frank Lampard. They’re comfortably in 4th place, and if they can remain consistent and healthy – they should be able to see this through. Though it’s likely been a transition year for the Blues, the fact that they’ve had a good run of success and mixed in player development, shows what a great coach Lampard already is. This is definitely a team on the upswing and one to watch heading into next year.
For this Sunday though, there’s clearly still a lot on the line. Villa need points regardless of the opponent, while Chelsea do not want to slip out of the Champions League positions with new high-priced talent coming in and counting on that next season. Read on below for game odds, as well as a betting preview and tactical analysis for Aston Villa vs. Chelsea this Sunday. Enjoy the match, folks!
Aston Villa vs. Chelsea Betting Odds:
Aston Villa (+560)
Over 3 (+101)
Under 3 (-121)
Chelsea -1 (-117)
Aston Villa +1 (-103)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Aston Villa vs. Chelsea Pick:
The lengthy time off has really allowed Chelsea to return to full health and fitness, and manager Frank Lampard has a lot of intriguing options at his disposal. Ruben Loftus-Cheek and N’Golo Kante are healthy once again in the midfield, though Jorginho is suspended for this clash due to yellow card accumulation from before the pause. Though Chelsea didn’t have an opportunity to play already, like their Sunday opponents – the amount of skill and depth within the Chelsea squad should be overwhelming.
For Villa, they will certainly have their hands full and will need a better showing than they put forth on Wednesday against Sheffield United. They’ll be without Wesley and Tom Heaton, and it remains to be seen if they’ll play John McGinn again on a short week with minimal rest.
While Villa already have a game under their belts, it was simply more of the same. Jack Grealish does some great things on the pitch, but he’s isolated and without much support. They’ll struggle going forward and even if they do get chances, Chelsea’s Kepa remains an elite keeper. At the back, Villa are slow and can get stretched wide with regularity. Against a pacy Chelsea group, expect some difficulty in that area.
With points at a premium, don’t expect any messing around from Chelsea. It’s been confirmed that both Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner will be joining the squad next season, the competition for spots is already ramping up. Lampard will name a fast, athletic, and powerful squad, and their amount of firepower going forward should be dominating. Nothing else but a convincing Chelsea victory on Sunday.
Pick: Chelsea 3-1