Aston Villa have the possibility to do the double over Chelsea this weekend when they take on Roberto Di Matteo’s rejuvenated side on Saturday afternoon, but on recent form, the odds of 10/11 with Paddy Power for the away win looks an extremely enticing prospect for punters.
Villa had a rare moment of joy at Stamford Bridge back in December, securing a fantastic 3-1 victory. This is a stand-out impressive performance in an otherwise frustrating campaign though.
Alex McLeish’s men have won just twice since this win at Chelsea and only once in their last seven Premier League fixtures. This means they are 15th in the table, still looking over their shoulders at the bottom three places.
With eight points the gap between themselves and 18th position, there is no immediate danger of them being dragged into a relegation scrap, but they need to improve their form. Otherwise, it is going to be a nervous end to season.
As for Chelsea, they had a fantastic result in the Champions League during the week, winning in Benfica to claim the first-leg advantage in their quarter-final tie.
This was the latest positive result for Chelsea in a good run of form since Andre Villas-Boas was replaced by Di Matteo as manager.
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There has been one blip so far – a narrow defeat at Manchester City – but other than that, the caretaker manager has done his chances of securing the full-time position no harm at all.
Chelsea have one foot in the Champions League semi-final, they are in the FA Cup semi-final and in the league they sit fifth, five points clear from the top four positions.
It is their latter that gets their focus this weekend though as they look to aid their Champions League qualification bid with three points at Villa Park. Quite simply, they need to aim to win every game at the moment and hope it is enough to overhaul Arsenal or Tottenham.
Overall, this 3pm kick-off on Saturday should be a very entertaining contest with both teams in need of the points.