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Aston Villa vs Chelsea Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions

Aston Villa vs Chelsea Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions  Goal.com

The hosts have a strong scoring record in their own stadium while the Blues have been prolific on the road so goals at both ends look likely

Chelsea return to Premier League action on Sunday afternoon with a trip to Aston Villa, with Frank Lampard's men aiming for a win to keep their push for a Champions League spot firmly on track.

The hosts meanwhile find themselves second bottom but given the congested nature of the lower part of the table, a victory for the Birmingham outfit would lift them out of the relegation zone.

Aston Villa vs Chelsea Latest Odds

A second-half strike from Mason Mount proved to be the winner in a 2-1 success for the Blues when these two sides met earlier this season at Stamford Bridge.

Another triumph for Chelsea is offered at 1/2 (1.50) with bet365 while Villa can be backed at 5/1 (6.00) to record their sixth home win of the season, with the draw at 9/2 (4.50).

Aston Villa vs Chelsea Team News

Chelsea have midfielder Jorginho suspended after picking up his 10th yellow card of the season before the campaign was halted.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek plays having been out for a year with an Achilles injury.

Villa are missing long-term absentees Tom Heaton and Wesley while Danny Drinkwater is also unavailable against his parent club and Bjorn Engels remains injured.

Chelsea XI: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Christensen, Alonso; Kovacic, Kante, Mount; Willian, Giroud, Loftus-Cheek

Aston Villa vs Chelsea Preview

This will be Villa's second match back having played out a 0-0 draw with Sheffield United on Wednesday.

That result halted a run of five consecutive league defeats although it was the first time in 11 league matches that Dean Smith's side had failed to score at Villa Park.

It was also only Villa's fifth clean sheet of the season and generally their games in the top-flight this term have provided goals.

Chelsea for their part have the second best scoring record on the road in the division netting 29 times in 14 matches, yet defensively there are questions about Lampard's men who have conceded 24 goals away from home and kept just one clean sheet.

Aston Villa vs Chelsea Preview

Both teams to score is priced at 7/10 (1.70) which should be worthy of consideration, while combining this selection with over 2.5 goals sees the odds rise to evens (2.00).

Both teams to score at 7/10 (1.70) for a 2pt stake with bet365
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