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          Chelsea vs. Aston Villa Prediction, Tips & Stats

          Chelsea continue their search for a much-needed win in the Premier League as they face Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

          Chelsea currently sit 14th in the Premier League with one win, two draws and two losses from their first five games of the season.

          The Blues are hoping this season will be a marked improvement on last year's dour campaign that saw them become one of the most ridiculed sides in the league having failed to even land a European spot despite spending well over £300m in January alone.

          However, they're currently risking a repeat of last season's failures given haven't exactly started this season in the most convincing fashion off the back of an even greater spending spree in the summer.

          The Blue's only win came at home to newly promoted Luton Town and the more worrying thing is they haven't had the most difficult start to the season in terms of fixture difficulty.

          They've struggled mightily in front of goal having scored just five goals in five games, with only four sides having scored less than them at this stage.

          Striker Nicholas Jackson, signed from Villarreal in the summer, is yet to find his feet in the league having scored just one goal.

          It's not all doom and gloom, though, as some of Chelsea's performances have been promising and their expected goals rate of 1.78xG per game is currently the fifth highest in the league while their expected goals against rate of 1.08xGA per game in the third best in the league.

          There is, then, plenty for them to build on and once they start to bring key players back to what is currently an injury-hit squad then things could start to improve for Mauricio Pochettino's side.

          Aston Villa currently sit 7th in the Premier League with three wins and two losses from their first five games of the season.

          It's been a solid start to the season for a Villa side that much is expected of following an impressive showing under Unai Emery last year before a big summer of recruitment in the transfer market.

          They're coming into this game off the back of a strong win in the league where three late goals from John Durán, Douglas Luiz and Leon Bailey overturned a 0-1 deficit against Crystal Palace in a dramatic finish to the game.

          They did, however, come unstuck in the Europa Conference League in midweek where they were overturned 3-2 in Poland against Legia Warszawa.

          They'll be hoping that game was little more than a blip in their progression this season and despite the bad result they did welcome back midfielder Jacob Ramsey from injury who's inclusion could prove a huge boost for the side.

          Given Chelsea's form they'll feel more than capable of getting a result here but they'll have to deliver a better performance than what has been on display in their most recent few games.

          For our Chelsea vs. Aston Villa prediction, we're going for a 2-1 win for the home side.

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          Chelsea Team News

          Noni Madueke, Moises Caicedo and Marc Cucurella are all doubtful after picking up knocks while Reece James is still working his towards full fitness.

          Ben Chilwell could return at left-back while Cole Palmer will be looking for his first start in a Blues shirt.

          Carney Chukwuemeka, Armando Broja, Wesley Fofana, Benoit Badiashile and Christopher Nkunku all remain long-term absentees.

          Aston Villa Team News

          As previously mentioned, Jacob Ramsey is fully fit once again and should feature in this game - but likely off the bench.

          Colombian youngster John Durán has two goals in his last two games and could keep Ollie Watkins on the bench for this one while Douglas Luiz will likely come back into the starting lineup at the expense of Youri Tielemans.

          Matty Cash should also reclaim his spot at right-back with Callum Chambers dropping to the bench.

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