The arrival of Steven Gerrard has benefited Aston Villa. The team began to demonstrate very solid football and, most importantly, to gain points. With the new manager, Villa managed to play in 6 rounds and score 12 points. At the same time, there were also losses, but against the best teams of the Premier League of recent years, Liverpool (0: 1) and Manchester City (1: 2). Under Gerrard, Birmingham have already scored 9 goals, including the best defense of the championship. In general, Aston Villa regularly scores against their rivals: so, in 14 out of 17 rounds they scored at least a goal, and in 8 played home matches they scored in all.
Chelsea have slowed down a bit in recent rounds, allowing their main competitors to break away. On the one hand, everything can be explained by the passes of important players, but they were mainly from the attacking line. In any case, Chelsea have become more likely to make mistakes in defense, in the last 6 rounds they have managed to resist zero in only one.
It is clear that Chelsea need to play to win. again to expose the rear, which has often failed lately. Taking into account their good form and home support, the “lions” are quite capable of opening the guests’ defense and at least score a goal.