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By Landon Smith

Chelsea vs Aston Villa FC 9/11/21 England Premier League Free Picks, Tips, Predictions

Chelsea will be looking to return to winning ways in the Premier League when they welcome Aston Villa to Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
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Chelsea's start to the new season has been impressive, recording back-to-back wins against Crystal Palace and Arsenal in their first two league games before drawing 1-1 with Liverpool before the international break.

The Blues took the lead at Anfield thanks to Kai Havertz and looked in good shape before Reece James was sent off just before half-time; The incident saw Liverpool concede a penalty, which Mohamed Salah scored, but Thomas Tuchel's team managed to leave Merseyside with a welcome point.

Chelsea are entering a fascinating moment in their season as they will face Zenit St Petersburg in their first match of the Champions League group stage on September 14 before traveling to Tottenham Hotspur, which is currently in the top of the Premier League next weekend.

The capital team will face Villa in the EFL Cup before a league game at home against Manchester City before ending in September with a trip to Juventus in the Champions League; Tuchel has built an impressive team and will have to use it for a few busy weeks.

Chelsea actually took just one point in their two league games against Villa last weekend, playing a 1-1 draw with Dean Smith's team at Stamford Bridge in December before losing 2-1 at Villa Park last. weekend of last season, but still made the top four in the table despite losing.


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Villa meanwhile opened their 2021-22 Premier League season with a disappointing loss to newly promoted Watford, but managed to put up three important points on the scoreboard a week later thanks to a 2-0 home win against Newcastle United. .

Smith's team went on to beat Barrow 6-0 in the EFL Cup, but failed to achieve three consecutive victories in all competitions as they drew 1-1 at Brentford at Villa Park before the international break.

Jack Grealish has moved through the summer transfer window, but Emiliano Buendia, Leon Bailey, Danny Ings and Ashley Young have arrived, and the club's owners will expect a push to the top half of the table given the quality present in the team.

Villa, as mentioned, scored a point at Stamford Bridge last season, but has not beaten the Blues in the Premier League since December 2011, when Stephen Ireland, Stilian Petrov and Darren Bent scored the goals in the English capital. .

Smith's team was also inconsistent when he traveled to the Premier League last season, but managed to record nine wins, one less than Chelsea and Liverpool, and there is no question that they are a potential banana peel for the Champions League champions. especially after an international hiatus.



It is a difficult game for Chelsea, who have had many of their important players played for their national teams. Aston Villa will be a serious threat if Watkins and Ings are in the starting eleven, but we still expect the Blues to score all three points, albeit by the narrower margins.


WINNER: Chelsea @ -357

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By Landon Smith, on 12:30p ET