Stats: 20 reasons why Aston Villa are in trouble against Chelsea

Stamford Bridge

The Villains have allowed 20 shots to be taken on goal from inside their own penalty area - a zone where Diego Costa is at his most lethal.

Tradition and current form suggests Aston Villa could endure a long, hard day at Chelsea's Stamford Bridge office tomorrow.

In the last seven Premier League meetings between Villa and the Blues, Chelsea have scored an astonishing 27 times - that's 3.85 goals per game, on average.

Recent results, and the manner in which those results have come about, all suggest this trend could be set to continue.

As, not only do Villa have trouble defending shots, or attempts on goal, from inside their own 18-yard area, but in Diego Costa, Chelsea have a natural penalty-box predator who is renowned for his effectiveness inside the opponent's final third.

  Conceded from inside areaOn targetShots missedGames
Aston Villa 4 6 14 5

20 shots from inside the penalty box have been unleashed at Aston Villa's goal, yet only six have been on target. However, of those six on target, four have turned into goals.

Costa is a natural at converting from within the 18-yard area and, as his statistics below demonstrate, he only needs a few chances to get his name on the score-sheet.

  TeamShot accGoals / shotsPenalty box goals / total shotsPenalty box goals / pen box shotsGoalsAppearancesMins Played
Diego Costa Chelsea 69% 44% 19% 43% 7 5 418

In just five appearances, Costa has demonstrated a precision when it comes to shooting ability as 69% of his shots hit the target - with 44% of his shots resulting in goals!

Costa also has been responsible for scoring a goal every 59 minutes - and is expected to be the difference-maker on Saturday.

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