The stats suggest that there’s only one favourite for Chelsea against Aston Villa, but Paul Lambert’s men are only three points behind the Blues in the league.
Villa will also take a great deal of confidence away from the win they secured at Anfield, which not many teams have pulled off since Brendan Rodgers came in as boss.
In terms of the number of goals scored by each side so far this season, Chelsea are way out ahead with 16 goals compared to the four Villa have produced.
The more goals a side is scoring, the more likely they are to steal points in important games.
Chelsea’s fluency has been impressive this season and while it could be argued that Villa have been precise, the Blues have had a much higher number of shots on goal.
One area where the sides are similar is in terms of the number of crosses produced, with Chelsea seemingly less intent on trying to attack from wide positions.
That could be an area where Villa look to try and hurt Chelsea because they have pace in their midfield and they are capable of attacking down the flanks.
They also have a better defensive record this season in terms of goals conceded which will make it difficult for Villa to unlock their defence, suggesting Lambert’s men will sit deep and defend hard.
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