Expected to return from Anfield empty-handed, Aston Villa surprised bookies, pundits and punters alike by beating Liverpool 3-1, a result that not only saw Paul Lambert’s men put some distance between themselves and the bottom three but also boosted morale in the Villans camp significantly. Nevertheless, lightning isn’t expected to strike twice as Villa face another daunting travelling assignment, this time at Chelsea.
The Blues are emphatic favourites at 4/11 with Stan James to collect all three points and keep their faint title hopes alive while Villa are a whopping 9/1 at BetVictor and bet365 post 9/2 against it finishing all square at Stamford Bridge.
Coincidentally, almost a year ago exactly, the Villans did register a shock 3-1 victory at Chelsea but for a repeat Lambert’s team will have to beat odds of 100/1 (BetVictor), an unlikely scenario even the most ardent of travelling supporters would have to admit.
Nevertheless, it’s been a long week for Rafa Benitez’s side, who made the gruelling trip back from the Club World Cup in Japan before heading to Leeds, where they joined Villa in the last four of the Capital One Cup, so there could be some tiredness in the legs of the hosts.
Skybet’s 9/4 marked against the visitors, aided by a goal start, in the handicaps, isn’t without appeal then and as an alternative, bet365 hand Villa a two-goal cushion at enticing odds of 5/6. Moreover, Christian Benteke continues to impress and as Chelsea have conceded in each of their last six outings across all competitions, he’s worth considering at a massive 7/2 with BetVictor to notch at any stage.