class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>In excellent form and looking strong on the road, Al Hain-Cole is backing Smith's men to pull off another impressive result against the Blues
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Chelsea will be determined to get their season back on track when they welcome Aston Villa to Stamford Bridge on Monday.
The Blues have dropped down to eighth in the Premier League table after losing their third match in four away to Arsenal at the weekend, leaving them level on points with the Villans.
Chelsea vs Aston Villa Latest Odds
Having won 10 of their last 11 matches against this opposition, they are 8/13 (1.62) favourites with bet365 to bounce back with a welcome victory here.
However, Dean Smith’s men have claimed 10 points from the last available 12 and are available at 4/1 (5.00) to move three points clear of their opponents by coming out on top.
None of the last 12 encounters between this pair have resulted in draws, but you can get odds of 16/5 (4.20) on them cancelling each other out in this one.
Chelsea vs Aston Villa Team News
Reece James may be rested as the club manage his knee injury, while Hakim Ziyech remains unlikely to feature due to a muscle problem.
Tyrone Mings is suspended after getting sent off in the 3-0 win over Crystal Palace at the weekend, with Trezeguet out through injury and the on-loan Ross Barkley ineligible to face his parent club.
Chelsea vs Aston Villa Preview
While Frank Lampard’s men are failing to meet the expectations raised by a lavish summer spending spree, their guests have been one of the surprise packages of the season so far.
Having only narrowly avoided relegation last campaign, they are ahead of their wealthier hosts in the table on goal difference despite currently having two games in hand.
What’s more, their away form has been as good as anyone’s in the division this season – winning five of their six matches on the road while keeping five clean sheets.
On current form, Chelsea certainly do not seem to merit their tag as such heavy favourites against an opponent that has thrashed champions Liverpool and won at both Arsenal and Leicester already this season.
Chelsea vs Aston Villa Tips and Predictions
In fact, odds of 6/5 (2.20) seem generous on Aston Villa maintaining their excellent run by earning at least a point at Stamford Bridge on Monday.
All odds correct at time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.