Kick-off: 1600, 23/05/2021
Stadium: Villa Park
TV: Sky Sports Action
Chelsea will wrap up a Champions League place if successful but Aston Villa do not look in the mood to surrender tamely on home turf.
Dean Smith’s side upset Tottenham on the road in midweek and will be fired up by their passionate home fans returning for this Premier League finale, not too mention the sub-plot of John Terry tackling his former club.
We feel 17/10 for the hosts to avoid defeat is too big to turn down for our first Aston Villa vs Chelsea prediction.
A Look At Aston Villa’s Betting Odds
Aston Villa have been inconsistent of late but will take great heart from prevailing 2-1 away to Spurs, especially after going behind early on.
Marvelous Nakamba’s cross was turned into his own net by Sergio Reguilon and Ollie Watkins completed the comeback with his 14th league goal of the season.
A first start since February for Jack Grealish was the icing on the cake and Smith is ready to unleash him again on the Blues.
“Over the last couple of weeks, he has been a little bit tentative from the normal Jack Grealish, which is understandable,” said the manager.
“But today I thought he exuded confidence and he wanted me to keep him on, I managed to get 12 minutes extra than the medical staff wanted.
“Jack was happy and I was happy and Jack is getting better and better. I have no doubts Jack will be wanting to start on Sunday.”
Grealish is expected to relish this chance to outshine Mason Mount and boost his hopes of an England call-up for Euro 2020.
Looking at the Aston Villa vs Chelsea odds, we like 11/5 for the hosts to score first.
Last Villa line-up: Martinez, Konsa, Mings, Targett, Hause, McGinn, Grealish, Traore, Nakamba, El Ghazi, Watkins.
A Look At Chelsea’s Betting Odds
Chelsea climbed up to third with a crucial 2-1 success versus fellow top-four contenders Leicester, gaining quick revenge for their FA Cup final loss to the Foxes.
A scrappy effort from Antonio Rudiger just after half-time and Jorginho’s 66th-minute penalty put the Blues firmly in control.
Kelechi Iheanacho gave Leicester hope of a fightback but Thomas Tuchel’s side held firm for a deserved victory.
“It felt like a huge effort and a top performance,” said Tuchel, who reported that N’Golo Kante came off as a precautionary measure.
“Don’t get me wrong, it’s a big step but it’s only a step; it’s not done yet, we have to push it over the line on Sunday.
“Now is not the time for celebrations or praise; it’s three points but only three points and the job is not yet done.”
Chelsea have had some real highs of late but there have also been a few lows over the past couple of months.
As well as a bizarre 5-2 drubbing by West Brom, the Blues were held to a draw by Brighton and lost to Arsenal before the cup final defeat.
This is another potential banana skin and 19/4 for a score draw is added to our Aston Villa vs Chelsea betting tips.
Last Chelsea line-up: Mendy, Rudiger, Silva, Chilwell, James, Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Kante, Pulisic, Mount, Werner.
Tottenham 1-2 ASTON VILLA – Sergio Reguilon (og), Ollie Watkins
CHELSEA 2-1 Leicester – Antonio Rudiger, Jorginho (pen)
Head-to-head: Chelsea 1-1 Aston Villa, Aston Villa 1-2 Chelsea, Chelsea 2-1 Aston Villa
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