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Aston Villa v Chelsea betting tips: Blues have fate in their own hands

| 22.05.2021
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Preview and odds for Sunday’s match

Chelsea have the chance to secure their place in next season’s Champions League ahead of their appearance in this season’s final by beating Aston Villa in their last game.

The Blues climbed to third by beating Leicester in midweek so have their destiny in their own hands heading into the last day of the domestic season.

Sunday’s match is live on Sky Sports and kicks off at 4pm as we highlight a few potential Aston Villa v Chelsea betting tips.

Aston Villa v Chelsea match odds

Few can argue that Chelsea have been one of the best teams in the Premier League and even Europe since the arrival of Thomas Tuchel.

Five wins and a draw from the last seven league games means Chelsea have a Champions League place in their sights and they are 1/2 to get the victory they need on Sunday.

In some ways they could not have asked for a better opponent to be up against given Villa are guaranteed to finish 11th regardless of the result here.

Dean Smith’s men have already dented the European hopes of one London club this week, though, with Wednesday’s 2-1 win at Tottenham proving the players have not downed tools just yet.

Villa are 11/2 to follow that with victory here and 8/5 to avoid defeat which could open the door for Liverpool and Leicester to leapfrog Chelsea.

The Spurs game was the eighth time in the last nine matches there have been goals at both ends and both teams to score is an option at 3/4, having also paid out in the last three meetings between these teams.

Aston Villa v Chelsea head-to-head

Anwar El Ghazi, Aston Villa

Chelsea did the double over Villa last season on their return to the Premier League, enjoying 2-1 wins in both fixtures.

But Villa grabbed a point at Stamford Bridge in December when Anwar El Ghazi cancelled out Olivier Giroud’s header in a 1-1 draw which left Chelsea below Villa in the table at that point.

El Ghazi tapped home at the far post with the Blues frustrated neither the officials nor Villa had stopped play, with Andreas Christensen out of commission after a heavy challenge with Jack Grealish.

Giroud had nodded Chelsea into a 1-0 half-time lead, the France striker gleefully posting his ninth Blues goal of the campaign in all competitions, but he has only managed two goals since then.

Previous XI

Aston Villa vs Chelsea - Football tactics and formations

Aston Villa: Martinez, Konsa, Mings, Targett, Hause, McGinn, Grealish, Traore, Nakamba, El Ghazi, Watkins.

Chelsea: Mendy, Rudiger, Silva, Chilwell, James, Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Kante, Pulisic, Mount, Werner.

Team news

Ross Barkley has played the final game of his Aston Villa loan spell as he is ineligible to face parent club Chelsea. Matt Cash (hamstring), Morgan Sanson (knee) and Trezeguet (knee) remain sidelined.

Chelsea will hand late fitness tests to Kai Havertz and N’Golo Kante. Havertz has battled a muscle issue, with Kante dealing with a hamstring concern. Christensen will return after a leg tendon complaint.

Key battles

Ollie Watkins grabbed Villa’s winner against Spurs on Wednesday with his 14th goal of the season which means he is seventh in the Premier League goal chart.

The England international is 11/4 to add to his tally and 15/2 to open the scoring on Sunday.

In contrast, Chelsea’s leading scorer in the league this season is penalty taker Jorginho with just seven but it is clean sheets which have been the bedrock of their improvement under Tuchel.

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All odds and markets correct as of date of publication

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Andrew McDermott

Andrew is a sports betting content journalist at PA Media. He is a lifelong Huddersfield Town fan but when he isn't reminiscing about their Premier League days he is also a junior cricket coach and enjoys cycling.