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Simon Gott 22nd Dec 2012 - 18:40

Christmas Cracker


The meetings of these two sides have produced some of the most memorable Premier League matches over the past few seasons and are not normally low scoring affairs.  Chelsea fans will look back fondly on their 7-1 demolition of Villa back in 2010 and honours were split last year in the 3-3 draw.

Chelsea (4/11), fresh from their 5-1 hammering of Leeds United on Wednesday, will be confident of getting their Premier League title challenge back on track, and with their star striker banging them in again, they should prove too strong  for Paul Lambert's rejuvenated Aston Villa (8/1).

Fernando Torres seems to have rediscovered his scoring touch after having been reunited with Chelsea interim boss Rafa Benitez, getting on the score sheet again against Leeds, so as its Christmas we have enhanced his odds to score in a Chelsea win to 6/4.  He is 3/1 to score the first/last goal and 8/11 to score at anytime.  Since being brought to the club until the end of the season, Benitez has inspired his fellow Spaniard to score 6 goals.  Albeit the only 2 in the league coming against lowly Sunderland but this will have done his confidence no harm at all.

Other goal threats for The Blues could be Juan Mata (9/2 first/last, 6/5 anytime), also on target in midweek, he is just one goal behind Torres this season in all competitions, is a constant threat and would find his way into most Premier League teams; Eden Hazard (9/2 first/last, 6/4 anytime) also looks a good bet with after an encouraging performance against Leeds.

Chelsea will welcome back big defender Gary Cahill (20/1 first/last 7/1 anytime) and Ramires (14/1 first/last, 11/2 anytime) after sitting out in midweek to complete 1 match bans.  This should help The Blues bolster their defence and put a 4 home game winless streak to an end.  Lampard (6/1 first/last, 7/4 anytime) could also be back which will be good news for Chelsea.  They have won seven of the eight league games Frank Lampard has played in this season.

Aston Villa have been in superb form in December cumulating with their 3-1 win over Liverpool at Anfield last week.  Paul Lamberts side is one of the youngest in the Premier League, with the average age of their players last week being just 23 and their youth should help the club steer well clear of the relegation zone come the end of the season.

It's the Villans' forward line that has been making all the headlines this season for differing reasons.  Club record signing Darren Bent was unhappy about being left on the bench, kept out of the team by the inspired Christian Benteke and Andreas Weimann.

We have priced Benteke at (8/1 first/last, 11/4 anytime) and Weimann (10/1 first/last, 7/2 anytime).  Christian Benteke has scored four goals in his last five league and cup games, while Andreas Weimann has netted five in six appearances and when you consider that 73% of all Villa's goals have come from strikers, this could be a steal.  They scored the goals to inflict a reverse on The Reds last week, can they repeat those heroics at the Bridge?   Our Matchwinner offer for Aston Villa sees Christian Benteke to score and Villa to win enhanced to 14/1.

Aston Villa's last five matches at Stamford Bridge have produced a total of 28 goals. That run includes 3-3 and 4-4 draws, a 7-1 defeat in 2010 and a 3-1 victory last season.  If you fancy another goal-fest we go 13/2 for over 5.5 goals.  Maybe the way to go would be a bet on both teams to score at 8/11 considering the form of the respective forwards.

Bear in mind Benitez's record against Villa though.  Whilst in charge at Liverpool saw him lose just 1 game in 12 against the Villans.


Matchwinner Offers

Fernando Torres to score and Chelsea to win   @ 6/4

Christian Benteke to score and Aston Villa to win @ 14/1

Worth a punt

Double Result - Villa/Chelsea @  22/1

Correct Score 2-2 @ 18/1


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