As Chelsea get ready to confront its bogue team Aston Villa, they are aiming to maintain top spot and with fellow challengers Arsenal and Liverpool set to have a tough weekend (on paper) against Spurs and Manchester Utd respectively while City, who also don’t look to be cruising at the moment face Hull city at the KC stadium, they know that a loss is not an option. A win will keep Chelsea at the top 7 points ahead of Arsenal and Liverpool who play on Sunday but with City playing on earlier, their lead could be cut to 6 points by Kick Off.
Villa Park has not been the best hunting ground for Chelsea football club although the club have won 7 of their last 21 games at Villa park drawing 7 and losing 6 scoring 22 and conceding 19 and are also unbeaten in their last 3 visits (winning 2 and drawing 1). Aston Villa lie 11th on the log having won just 1 of their last 5 matches but boosted by the timely return to form of striker Christian Benteke who has 2 goals in his last 2 games against Chelsea and the fact that they have done well against some of the big boys this season, they have beaten both Arsenal and Man city plus a draw at Anfield, they will be confident of a good performance against Chelsea.
Chelsea on the other hand are currently unbeaten in 14 matches and are enjoying a great run of form, they are yet to lose a league game since they lost 3-2 to Stoke City at the Britannia stadium on the 7th of Dec 2013. Their worst results this term have come against teams in the bottom half of the league but the form of Eden Hazard and their water tight defence means they will little problem against this Villa side.
Hazard have scored 13 league goals and provided 7 assists while the Chelsea team have conceded just 20 goals and boost of 13 clean sheets while Lampard also returns to the ground where he broke Chelsea’s all time goal record. This will be a very tough encounter which both sides can’t afford to lose but like their last meeting at Villa Park, I think Chelsea’s experience will give them all 3 points.