There looks set to be a thrilling contest at Villa Park on Boxing Day, as Steven Gerrard looks to maintain the strong start that he has made at Aston Villa with a big home success against Chelsea. As for the Blues, they need to rediscover their form, as a gap has opened up between themselves and Manchester City.
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It has been a miserable festive period for Chelsea to this point, as they have seen their hopes of winning the Premier League title this season fade slightly. The Blues have won just once in their previous four games, which has allowed Manchester City to open up a six-point lead at the top of the standings. However, Thomas Tuchel will be telling his players that there is still a long way to go.
Chelsea must end the recent run that they have been on, as they have been sloppy at both ends of the field. Despite still having one of the best defensive records in the league, Chelsea have conceded six goals in their last four games in all competitions. Their only win during that run of fixtures was a nervy success against Leeds United where they needed a late penalty to overcome the Whites.
Things are looking brighter at Aston Villa at present, as Steven Gerrard has established himself very quickly at the club. The Villa are up into the top half of the standings, and may once again be thinking about a push for a European finish in the second half of the season.
Villa have only lost against Liverpool and City since Gerrard’s arrival, and they bounced back with a win in their most recent fixture against Norwich City. Another win here could make them credible contenders for a European place this season.
Aston Villa vs Chelsea Head to Head
Chelsea have won three of the previous five meetings between the sides since Villa’s return to the Premier League. Villa’s only victory during that run of fixtures came at the end of last season, as their 2-1 victory almost cost Chelsea their place in the top four on the final day.
Aston Villa vs Chelsea Prediction
Chelsea have really hit a low point in their season, and will be desperate to get their stars back for this Boxing Day showdown. However, we can see the big result of the weekend coming at Villa Park, as Gerrard’s strong start as Villa boss continues with a win.
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