Chelsea’s midweek draw against Tottenham means that a victory for the Blues at Aston Villa, priced by Betfred at 10/11, will effectively guarantee them a top four finish.
That would be a real fillip for Rafa Benitez’s men ahead of Wednesday’s Europa League final and with Villa now as good as safe, an away victory has to be the pick at Villa Park.
The Blues crushed Paul Lambert’s side 8-0 in the reverse fixture back in December but with five victories in their last eight, the Villans are a different proposition these days and a far more modest triumph is subsequently on the cards.
At 17/2 (BetVictor) a 1-0 success for Chelsea isn’t without appeal and the hosts are also solid enough at present to make the visitors wait so a case can be made for an away win after a drawn first period at 4/1 courtesy of Paddy Power.
Meanwhile, for punters worried about the attacking threat posed by Villa, Ladbrokes post 29/10 against any Chelsea victory by a one-goal margin and it’s 4/6 at Stan James for both teams to get on the scoresheet.
Chelsea to beat Aston Villa 1-0 – 17/2 (BetVictor)