Both Chelsea and Aston Villa picked up positive results in their respective openers at the weekend. For the Blues, victory was expected given that they came up against newly promoted Hull but Villa’s triumph, at Arsenal, was something of a shock and means that Paul Lambert’s men will head to Stamford Bridge in buoyant mood.
It’s hard to see past Chelsea, despite the relatively quick turnaround since they played on Sunday but Villa’s performance at the Emirates Stadium at least suggests they can make life reasonably difficult for the Blues.
They’re 3/1 at Ladbrokes to ensure the hosts only prevail by one but as Chelsea have the slick, attacking prowess to quickly add to their tally if they get one, a better bet is for the visitors to hold their opponents to a drawn first half before succumbing to defeat in the second period, an outcome BetVictor offer at 17/5.
Draw/Chelsea in HT/FT – 17/5 (BetVictor)