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Chelsea entertain Aston Villa after suffering back to back Premier League (PL) defeats for the first time this season, consigning a recent run of six league wins to history. Despite that decent league run, the ‘Blues’ have kept just one cleansheet in their previous eight competitive fixtures, while conceding 2+ goals in five of those matches.
Despite this, Frank Lampard’s men can counteract such defensive shortcomings with a strong attack that currently averages 2.0 goals per-PL game. They have also found the net first in a majority of their matches too, registering the opening goal in 78.57% of their PL fixtures so far.
Aston Villa’s form over their previous eight PL matches is best described as erratic (W3, D2, L3). Their attack has proven consistent though, netting 2+ goals in five of the fixtures. However, they also conceded 2+ goals in five of these matches too.
The visitors will certainly be eager to improve on their recent H2H PL record against Chelsea, after losing each of the previous four meetings. Three of those four defeats came by a margin of 2+ goals, with Villa also conceding an average of 2.75 goals per-match across the last four H2Hs.
Players to watch: Chelsea attacker Christian Pulisic has six goals in his last eight competitive appearances, with four of those efforts coming after half-time.
Following his wonder strike at Old Trafford on Sunday, Villa’s Jack Grealish has scored four goals in his last seven appearances.
Stat attack: At home, 66.67% of Chelsea’s PL goals scored or conceded have come in the second half.
Over three-quarters (78.57%) of Villa’s PL matches have contained over 2.5 match goals.
Aston Villa have conceded 40.9% of their league goals after the 75th minute.
The last five games at Stamford Bridge
17.10.15 PL Chelsea Aston Villa 2 : 0
27.09.14 PL Chelsea Aston Villa 3 : 0
21.08.13 PL Chelsea Aston Villa 2 : 1
23.12.12 PL Chelsea Aston Villa 8 : 0
31.12.11 PL Chelsea Aston Villa 1 : 3
I'll take a point all day long.