Premier League Betting: Aston Villa v Chelsea - Fan v Fan Preview



Villa perspective: David Grimble, Up The Villa

Team news

We've had a settled side for the last few games, which has resulted in a run of good form. Rookie right-back Matt Lowton, who has been so impressive this year, was forced off against Norwich and could be replaced by Eric Lichaj, but I’d be surprised if there were any other changes.

Form

We've only lost twice in the last six - against Liverpool at home and Man United away. Two hugely impressive away victories against Stoke and Norwich have virtually guaranteed our top-flight status, but it was the 6-1 victory at home against Sunderland that really got fans excited. That game offered a tantalising glimpse of what this young side is capable of.
 
Head-to-head

We don’t have a bad record against Chelsea, and have been involved in some epic clashes over the years. We did, however, fall to a 8-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge earlier this campaign. I was actually quietly confident we’d get something from that match, and the amazing thing is our keeper had a great game. It honestly could have finished 15-0, so I'm hoping for slightly better this time around. 

Best bets

Aston Villa to win at 4.40. This is a great price when you consider all the circumstances surrounding the game. Villa are full of confidence, have a decent record at home against the Blues and given the recently-retired Stan Petrov should be at the game, you can bet the players will want to give their all. Add in the fact that Chelsea have played a ridiculous number of games recently, and I think we have a good chance.

Fernando Torres to score at 2.40. He could be in the worst form ever, and I’d still fancy him to score against the Villa. He loves playing against us.
 
Frank Lampard to score first at 8.50. He’s another who loves facing us. Given Rafa Benitez should make a few changes, you’d figure he’ll go with Lampard at Villa Park.

Score prediction: Aston Villa 2-1 Chelsea 1 (15.00)

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Chelsea perspective: Andy Seaby, Chelsea Daft

Team news

After a disappointing home draw against Tottenham on Wednesday night, expect Rafa Benitez to rotate his players with the Europa League final in Amsterdam on the horizon. John Terry, Frank Lampard and Demba Ba were unused substitutes against Tottenham with Victor Moses coming on for the last twenty minutes or so. I expect all of them to start this one. Eden Hazard missed the United game and was withdrawn from Tottenham match, and I can see Rafa resting him for Benfica.
 
Form
 
Chelsea's recent form has been good aside from two disappointing draws against Liverpool and Tottenham. With a Champions League place yet to be confirmed, we will be looking for three points against Villa.

Head-to-head
 
Villa fans will be keen to erase the memory of the game at Stamford Bridge this season. Chelsea beat Villa 8-0 but the Birmingham side have really gelled together since, getting some really good results. However, I cannot see this Chelsea team suffering a dip in performance and dropping points.

Best bets
 
Frank Lampard to score at 3.35. The midfielder needs one goal to equal Bobby Tambling's Chelsea goal scoring record and I fancy him to do just that.
 
Chelsea to win by two goals or more (1-0 handicap) at 3.10. I think we'll wrap up a top-four finish in style.

Oscar to score first at 10.50. The youngster has popped up with some important goals of late and I like the look of him to score the first in this one.

Score prediction: Aston Villa 1-3 Chelsea (15.00)

Predicted side