Aston Villa will take on Frank Lampard’s Chelsea in their second away game in four days. Dean Smith’s men will be hoping they can build on the point they picked up against Manchester United on Sunday.
Chelsea have hit a bit of a slump of late, failing to win in each of their last three games in all competitions. Don’t let this fool you though as they have proven this season they are no mugs. They are beatable though. They have only managed three wins in their seven opening games at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League this season. Chelsea tends to pick up more points on the road.
The problem for Villa is, they are better at home than they are away from home. With just four points from their seven games, it makes them the joint-worst team in the league on way from home.
Chelsea have only managed 32% of their goals in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge but equally, have only conceded 30% of their goals at the Bridge. Despite Villa’s poor form on the road, they have scored 52% of their goals away from Villa Park. The issue is a massive 68% of the goals they have conceded have also come on their travels.
Villa will be forced into one change as Freddie Guilbert is suspended which could see Ahmed Elmohammady come into the starting line up. Anwar El Ghazi will have a late fitness test after limping off against Manchester United.
Jota could return to the matchday squad.
Tammy Abraham is expected to return to play the club he helped get promoted last season. N’Golo Kante and Willian will also be pushing for a place in the starting line up after dropping to the bench in the defeat at West Ham.
Antonio Rudiger and Ross Barkley have returned to training but are not expected to feature.