Chelsea - Aston Villa Betting Preview: Goals galore expected at Stamford Bridge

The Blues scored five against Leeds United in midweek and Willie Duncan is backing another high-scoring affair when Rafael Benitez's men face Paul Lambert's side
Chelsea produced a stirring second-half comeback to stun Championship side Leeds United in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday night and the Blues will be looking to build upon that success when they play host to Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon.

Rafael Benitez’s men blitzed Leeds with five second-half goals to secure an emphatic 5-1 triumph and the west London side are available at just 1/3 (1.34) with Bet365 to pick up three home points against Villa this weekend.

Paul Lambert’s charges, though, will travel to Stamford Bridge in high spirits, having gone six matches without defeat while Villa have also won back-to-back matches on the road against Norwich City and Liverpool respectively.

Despite that impressive form, Paul Lambert’s side are available at 15/2 (8.50) with Bet365 to stun the Blues while the same firm goes 9/2 (5.50) that the match ends in stalemate.

Those victories over Norwich and Liverpool saw Villa score three and four goals respectively and represented a change in fortune in front of goal for a side that had managed just two goals in five matches prior to that. And should Villa find their scoring touch again, they will prove tough opponents for Sunday’s hosts.

Villa’s recent improvement in front of goal aligned with the fact that the Blues have managed just two clean sheets in their last 18 matches in all competitions means that the 5/6 (1.83) on offer from Bet365 for both teams to score is simply too good to miss here and should be backed accordingly.

The Blues took their time to find their feet against Leeds, falling behind in the first half before producing a devastating second half performance and it might be worth taking on the 11/2 (6.50) from Bet365 for Chelsea to come from behind and win should their defence falter in the early stages.

Those seeking bigger prices will be tempted by the 13/2 (8.50) available with Bet365 for Chelsea to win 2-1 on Sunday but the real value may lie with backing the Blues to enjoy a 3-1 triumph, as they did in their last Premier League outing, at a massive 10/1 (11.0) with Bet365 this weekend.

Both teams to score at 5/6 (1.83) with Bet365
Chelsea to win 3-1 at 10/1 (11.0) with Bet365

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter