Mark Lawrenson predicts Chelsea v Aston Villa, comments on Sherwood's future

Tim Sherwood Press Conference Smiling 12/02/2014

Mark Lawrenson believes Aston Villa will lose 2-0 at Chelsea today.

Pundit Mark Lawrenson has told BBC Sport that he believes Aston Villa's woes will continue with a 2-0 defeat away at Chelsea this afternoon.

Villa overhauled their squad this summer with 13 new signings, but the season hasn't gone according to plan for manager Tim Sherwood so far.

Sherwood has guided Villa to just one Premier League win this season, and that came all the way back on the opening day of the campaign against Bournemouth - over two months ago.

Today, Sherwood takes his side down to West London to take on another struggling club, with Chelsea failing to find their feet so far this season.

Jose Mourinho's men have won just two of their eight Premier League games this season, and the pressure is mounting on the Blues manager following a 3-1 home defeat to Southampton.

With two managers under pressure, today's game will be huge for both teams - and BBC pundit Lawrenson believes that Chelsea will run out 2-0 winners at Stamford Bridge, and claims that Sunderland's recent appointment of Sam Allardyce could have an impact on the future of Villa boss Sherwood.

"Chelsea are still struggling and I think it is time their manager Jose Mourinho stopped talking about referees and decisions going against his side, and just concentrated on sorting his players out to get some positive results," said Lawrenson. "Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood has got plenty of issues to deal with too. There were some big changes made to his squad over the summer and it is already clear that they have not bought players who are better than the ones they sold.

"So, am I surprised Villa are in the bottom three? No. They will stay there whatever happens on Saturday and, despite Chelsea's poor form, I just do not see Villa causing them any problems. Sherwood is under pressure and his situation is probably not helped by Sam Allardyce taking over at Sunderland, because I am expecting the Black Cats to improve with him in charge. Basically, Villa could drop even lower in the table before things get any better," he added.

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