Chelsea has been in excellent form at home, having won seven and drawn two of their last nine matches at Stamford Bridge. Their recent 6-1 victory over Middlesbrough earned them a spot in the Wembley tournament, and they’re determined to keep their hopes alive for a cup double as they face Aston Villa in the FA Cup on Friday.
Under the management of Mauricio Pochettino, Chelsea initially had a slow start, but they have significantly improved in recent weeks, especially in front of their home crowd. They are currently on a nine-game unbeaten streak at Stamford Bridge, with seven wins and an impressive 25 goals scored during this period.
Aston Villa, though a formidable opponent, may consider squad rotation as they prepare for upcoming continental competitions. In the third round of the FA Cup, they fielded a weakened team but managed a 1-0 win against Middlesbrough. However, their away performance hasn’t been particularly strong even when they have a full-strength lineup.
While Aston Villa has won five, drawn four, and lost four of their last 13 competitive away matches, they could face a challenge from an improving Chelsea side. Aston Villa has managed to score in ten of these 13 away games, and Chelsea has scored exactly twice in four of their last nine home matches. Therefore, a 2-1 scoreline prediction appears to be an attractive option.
Keep an eye on Cole Palmer as a potential anytime goalscorer. He has been in a hot streak, scoring five goals in his last five appearances and a total of 12 goals in 23 games for Chelsea.
Betting Tip – Chelsea to win at evens