Chelsea won the English Premier League title for the last time in the 2016-17 season. Now, with Thomas Tuchel leading the way and Romelu Lukaku back, they have a real shot at retaking the throne. They started the season on the right foot and hope to keep momentum going when playing host to bewildered Aston Villa.
The Lions could take advantage of the fact that several Chelsea players will be exhausted after the international break. If they were waiting for the perfect time to take Stamford Bridge, this is it.
Let’s check the latest news, stats, injury reports, and soccer odds for Chelsea vs Aston Villa. We’ve plenty of predictions for you to consider.
Game: Chelsea vs Aston Villa
Location: Stamford Bridge, London
Time: Saturday, 12:30 p.m. ET
Television: beIN Sports
Live Stream: fuboTV
English Premier League Betting Lines
|Chelsea||-1½ -105||-325||2½ -120o||2½ +150o/-180u|
|Aston Villa||+1½ -115||+1000||2½ Evu||½ +105o/-135u|
Head to Head
- Previous Matches: 156
- Chelsea Victories: 63 (244 goals)
- Aston Villa Victories: 58 (225 goals)
- Draws: 35
Last Season, Villa managed to get a draw at Stamford Bridge. The game ended 1-1. Olivier Giroud scored for the Blues while Anwar El Ghazi did it for the visitors. Later, Villa defeated Chelsea 2-1 at home with goals from Bertrand Traore and El Ghazi.
Chelsea owns a 7-1-2 record in their last 10 meetings with Villa. They scored 19 goals, failing to score only once, allowed eight, and finished with a clean sheet three times. The total went over in seven of those games.
Villa won for the last time at Stamford Bridge in the 2011-12 season.
Why Bet on Chelsea?
Last year, manager Thomas Tuchel arrived in the midseason and led Chelsea to win the UEFA Champions League. That was one of the biggest betting online upsets. Now, their main focus is to win the EPL title and they definitely have the necessary tools to do it.
The Blues started the season with two victories, 3-0 over Crystal Palace and 2-0 over Arsenal. Most recently, they drew 1-1 against Liverpool, not bad considering it was at Anfield and they finished with 10 players.
Chelsea’s offensive power increased considerably after signing Lukaku back from Inter Milan. The Belgian already scored, but he hasn’t been the only one. Kai Havertz, Christian Pulisic and Trevoh Chalobah have scored as well, proving they don’t depend on one player.
Defensively, only Tottenham has allowed fewer goals than the Blues. Goalkeeper Edouard Mendy has become one of the best in the league. Chelsea paid a lot of money for Kepa Arrizabalaga, but Mendy won the job fair and square.
They also started the season 3-0 against the spread and 1-2 over/under. Chelsea likes to play on the counter-attack, but they can adapt to any scenario in the blink of an eye. They’re one of the best when it comes to putting pressure on the opponent.
Reece James is suspended while Charly Musonda is out due to injury. Their expected lineup is Edouard Mendy; Trevoh Chalobah, Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen; Marcos Alonso, Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Cesar Azpilicueta; Kai Havertz, Mason Mount, Romelu Lukaku.
Why Bet on Aston Villa?
Aston Villa started the season with an unexpected 3-2 loss against Watford, followed by a 2-0 victory over Newcastle. Most recently, they drew 1-1 against Brentford, one of the league’s new tenants. They also crushed Barrow 6-0 in the second round of the Capital One Cup.
They have shown they’re not afraid of anyone, but they’ve to be more consistent when getting back from attacking. They’ve conceded too many goals on the counter-attack. Also, none of the teams they have faced compares to Chelsea.
“We’ll go in full of respect for them, but we certainly won’t fear them. We beat them in the last game of last season, but Chelsea had an awful lot of chances in that game. We’ll have to be better than we were if we want to get something out of this game,” said manager Dean Smith during a press conference.
That is good news for Smith and fans, and for you if you’re considering including them in your soccer picks. Several players will be back after missing the start of the season. The list includes Ollie Watkins, Bertrand Traore, John McGinn, and Jacob Ramsey. Depth can’t be underestimated when playing several competitions at the same time.
Villa also started the season 1-2 against the spread and over/under. Individually, Danny Ings has been sensational and leads the team in scoring with two goals.
Emiliano Martinez, Emiliano Buendia, Carney Chukwuemeka and Jaden Philogene-Bidace are out for this game. Martinez and Buendia are just getting back from South America, while the other two are injured.
Their expected lineup is Damian Martinez; Matty Cash, Ezri Konsa, Axel Tuanzebe, Matt Targett; Douglas Luiz, Ollie Watkins, Bertrand Traore, Ashley Young, Anwar El Ghazi; Danny Ings.
Final Analysis, Predictions
Chelsea simply cannot lose games like this if they want to remain a contender. Aston Villa will be able to put up a fight thanks to several players coming back, but that won’t be enough. Chelsea has too many weapons to control the game and finish winning somehow comfortably.
Don’t get me wrong, I do expect both sides to score, but sometimes that doesn’t mean it’s going to be a back-and-forth battle.
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Score Prediction: Chelsea 2, Aston Villa 1