Nobody believed in Aston Villa this season. The reason is that the team lost the leaders in the summer transfer window and a restructuring was needed. Gerrard stepped onto the coaching bridge a few weeks ago. The ex-footballer gave the players a new impetus, with the help of which the long-awaited victories appeared. At the moment, the team is confidently in the middle of the tournament table (on the 10th line).
There are many problems in the game of Aston Villa, especially in the center of the field, where it is not possible either to filter out other people’s attacks, or to keep the ball. As part of the “lions” there are fast and technical attacking players, due to which it is possible to successfully operate on counterattacks. Against the middle peasants and outsiders of the Premier League, Aston Villa is trying to act as the first number.
Lately, everyone has been waiting for when Chelsea will start to decline and how Tuchel will act. It seems that the Blues have slowed down, as in the last matches both total pressure and creativity in attack have disappeared (only crosses and long-range shots). All this led to the loss of points. Chelsea are already 6 points behind Premier League leader Manchester City.
This season does not meet the expectations of Lukaku, from whom everyone expected the same confident game in Italy. But the Belgian plays indistinct matches, and recently hasn’t played at all due to injury.
Analysis of the fight
I don’t think the match will be one-sided, at the moment Aston Villa are showing their best performance of the season, which is definitely not the case for Chelsea. It is worth noting that the match will be judged by Atkinson, who allows teams to play and rarely uses yellow cards (he has one of the lowest rates in the league).
I propose to play the following bets: Chelsea’s individual goal kicks total over (5.5), single combats total over (28.5), first half total under (1) goals, Aston Villa’s individual total yellow cards under (2 ).
More forecasts by Yaroslav Perkanyuk in the “Premium” section of the Republic of Belarus.