The festive Premier League action is just around the corner with the reigning European champions, Chelsea, traveling to play Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa. Our sportsbook is offering a big number of props for this matchup.
Aston Villa: Rejuvenated
Aston Villa has enjoyed a new-manager bounce to win four of its last six Premier League games, keeping two clean sheets in the process. Following a 2-0 away win against Norwich, Villa climbed to 10th place in the standings with 22 points earned in 17 games, just six points behind the top five.
Despite playing hosts, they enter this clash as huge underdogs at +450 on the three-way moneyline according to the latest soccer odds. The two defeats from their previous six fixtures came against Manchester City and Liverpool, the best two teams in the EPL (both short defeats).
On top of that, they’ve been scoring goals consistently when performing in front of their fans, finding the back of the net in every single home match this season.
Despite having a poor record against Chelsea, five of their past six head-to-heads had goals on both ends, and since 2010, Aston Villa failed to contribute on the scoresheet only on one occasion.
Since March, the Villans failed to score at home just once, which says everything about their home attacking firepower. They are not afraid to play against the big names and they enter every fixture with one objective: to win it.
Gerrard declared the Covid situation at Aston Villa is changing on an hourly basis with Villa’s fixture against the Blues still going ahead as it stands, but he doesn’t know exactly what players he’ll have at his disposal for the Boxing Day clash. The Covid rule of the Premier League is that if you have 13 fit and available players, the game goes ahead.
Chelsea: Out of Form
Chelsea dropped seven points in its previous four Premier League games, losing the leading spot. The Blues are now sitting third in the standings, and they are trailing leaders Man City by six points. Given their struggles and depleted squad, they are not a team to be backed on your soccer picks and parlays.
The Blues qualified in the Carabao Cup semifinals with a 2-0 unimpressive victory over Brentford thanks to a late own goal and Jorginho penalty. Manager Thomas Tuchel opted to rest many of his key players and several young players appeared in the starting lineup following a Covid outbreak.
Christian Pulisic, Jorginho, Reece James, Mason Mount ad N’Golo Kante played their part in the second half of the game and will be available for Sunday’s clash against the Villans. Trevoh Chalobah and Andreas Christensen are major doubts and might sit this one out.
Chelsea needs to return to winning ways soon because the gap between them, Man City and Liverpool is already big but, given their squad issues and struggles to find the back of the net, we don’t expect them to have an easy match against a revitalized Aston Villa.
Still, the Blues have scored two or more goals in four of their last five away games and their positive record against Aston Villa might be the key to this match. When you’re betting online, you must know the markets and sometimes fade the public.
The goals line is set at 2½ but the price on the overs is huge. We will sprinkle a small stake on the overs, but our main and official pick for this clash is “Both teams to score.”
With a hard-fought battle on the horizon, the team cards market is an interesting choice. Chelsea has been very aggressive lately and our sportsbook is offering them to be booked at least twice at -115, which is a great bet to consider.