Kick-off: 1730, 11/09/2021
Stadium: Stamford Bridge
TV: Sky Sports
Chelsea looked superb against Liverpool until going down to 10 men and can return to winning ways when hosting Aston Villa.
The visitors have done well in this fixture since being promoted to the Premier League, though, netting in all four head-to-head meetings.
That points us towards 12/5 for a home win and both teams to score for our first Chelsea vs Aston Villa prediction.
A Look At Chelsea’s Betting Odds
Admittedly, Chelsea were distracted by their upcoming Champions League final when losing 2-1 at Villa Park in May.
The Blues have built on lifting that trophy by starting the current season in impressive form.
Convincing victories over Crystal Palace and Arsenal saw their title odds cut and Kai Havertz then gave Chelsea a deserved lead at Anfield.
Unfortunately, Mohamed Salah equalised from the penalty spot on the stroke of half-time and Reece James saw red for handball in that incident.
The Blues did hold firm for a point on Merseyside and received another boost when completing the signing of Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez on a season-long loan.
Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said: “He is a proven winner, a player with huge experience and we know he will be very well-suited to the challenges that face us on all fronts in the coming year.”
Romelu Lukaku was on song for Belgium during the international break and 5/6 for him to score in a home win has obvious appeal from the Chelsea vs Aston Villa odds.
Last Chelsea line-up: Mendy, Rudiger, Alonso, Christensen, James, Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Kante, Mount, Havertz, Lukaku.
N’Golo Kante and Christian Pulisic (both ankle) miss out.
A Look At Aston Villa’s Betting Odds
Villa have produced mixed results so far, with the highlight being a smooth 2-0 home success versus Newcastle.
However, Dean Smith’s side had kicked off with a sloppy 3-2 loss at Watford and were held to a 1-1 draw by Brentford at Villa Park last time out.
“We are still trying to build something in the team, we have a lot of players out,” commented Smith after that stalemate.
“It’s getting those relationships together and them getting to know each other but I saw some things I really liked.”
Villa were missing John McGinn and Jacob Ramsey after they were forced to self-isolate while Tyrone Mings sat out with a broken rib.
Now, Emiliano Martinez and Emiliano Buendia will be absent due to quarantine regulations after joining up with Argentina.
That could make the visitors vulnerable and 16/5 for a home win by 2-1, 3-1 or 4-1 completes our Chelsea vs Aston Villa betting tips.
Last Villa line-up: Martinez, Cash, Targett, Konsa, Tuanzebe, Young, Douglas Luiz, Buendia, El Ghazi, Chukwuemeka, Ings.
Ollie Watkins (knee), John McGinn, Jacob Ramsey (Covid isolation), Bertrand Traore (hamstring) and Leon Bailey (hamstring) are available but Trezeguet (knee) is a long-term absentee. Keinan Davis is out along with Carney Chukwuemeka (adductor).
Liverpool 1-1 CHELSEA – Kai Havertz
ASTON VILLA 1-1 Brentford – Emiliano Buendia
Head-to-head: Aston Villa 2-1 Chelsea, Chelsea 1-1 Aston Villa, Aston Villa 1-2 Chelsea, Chelsea 2-1 Aston Villa
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