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Chelsea are playing catch-up in the title race prior to their visit to the Emirates on Boxing Day. Arsenal may be in crisis mode but they can still represent a threat to Frank Lampard’s men, though that doesn’t mean the Blues can underestimate Aston Villa either.
Dean Smith’s charges had been on a run of four defeats from five matches, but a run of two wins from three unbeaten outings before hosting Crystal Palace on Boxing Day has pushed them back into the top half of the table.
They’ve failed to score in just two of 16 league games since mid-July, while their form away from home in particular makes them dangerous.
Villa would be third in a table based on away results alone, with only counter-attacking sides Leicester and Man Utd ahead of them, while a Tottenham side quick in the transition are fourth.
In fact, after winning just one of 17 road trips in all competitions between October 2019 and July 2020, the visitors have won seven of eight subsequent away matches.
Even if the first two in this recent sequence saw them take on lower-division outfits Burton Albion and Bristol City, they still manged to score three times in five of the eight games.
Chelsea To Win And Both Teams To Score
Chelsea have undeniably made huge improvements in the defensive department over the summer, but their clean sheet in the 3-0 win over West Ham was their first in five and they can be gotten at.
They conceded in both games between these two last season, winning 2-1 home and away, and we wouldn’t be surprised by a repeat scoreline here.
Across all competitions, Chelsea have lost just once in 17 matches at Stamford Bridge since March (W12-D4-L1).
That sole defeat was inflicted by Liverpool, with the Blues suffering a red card on the stroke of half time with the game still level.
That encourages us that they’ll do the business, especially given Aston Villa have only had one draw so far this season.
Chelsea To Win 2-1
In the league alone, Chelsea are an even better W10-D2-L1 since late February, scoring at least three times in seven of these games as they also covered the -1 handicap in seven of these victories.
We wouldn’t be entirely comfortable backing the Blues to win by more than a single goal though, with four of Villa’s five defeats in all competitions this season coming by one-goal margins, as the last two came by 2-1 scorelines.