Chelsea will be looking to secure their second win of the season when they welcome Aston Villa to Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon (14:00).
The visitors have won three of their five matches to start the season, but come into this game fresh off the back of a defeat in the Europa League.
Chelsea are favourites at 5/6, while there’s plenty of value in backing Villa at 3/1 and the draw is 11/4.
Mauricio Pochettino had as many as 12 players absent for the draw against Bournemouth last weekend, but he’s hoping to recall the likes of Noni Madueke, Marc Cucurella, Moises Caicedo, Benoot Badiashile, Armando Broja, Trevoh Chalobah and Reece James for this clash.
As for Villa, they are hoping to welcome Bertrand Traore, Jacob Ramsey and Diego Carlos back into the fold.
Aston Villa to win @ 3/1
As I’ve mentioned in the introduction, I think the value lies with Villa here and I wouldn’t be going anywhere near the 5/6 for Chelsea, after their recent performances.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Chelsea do boast a strong record against Villa, winning 13 of their past 17 Premier League encounters but a victory for the visitors certainly wouldn’t be unheard of, as they were 2-0 victors at Stamford Bridge as recently as April, courtesy of goals from John McGinn and Ollie Watkins.
Stamford Bridge has often been a fortress for Chelsea, yet in recent times they’ve only won two of their past 13 home games in the league, suffering six defeats in that period.
Villa won their first eight away games under Unai Emery but have since just claimed one victory on the road from seven encounters, however, they’ve started the season strongly, so I fancy them to take the three points back to the Midlands.
Under 2.5 goals @ 11/10
All five of Aston Villa’s games have been entertaining affairs so far in the Premier League, with over 2.5 goals landing in each one and both teams scoring in three of those matches.
However, Chelsea have drawn a blank in their last two, so it’s hard to predict what will happen here.
I’m going to go for under 2.5 goals as Villa could easily suffer a European hangover after their defeat against Legia Warszaw on Thursday night, and Chelsea’s performances in front of goal have left a lot to be desired.