Chelsea vs Aston Villa: EPL betting guide and tips

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Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic, #10 of United States Photo by Omar Vega/Getty Images) /

I’m honestly not sure how Chelsea will perform coming out of the two-week hiatus. Many players were away with their national teams and experienced varying degrees of success. Christian Pulisic also made headlines off the pitch in an explosive interview with ESPN.

He called the drama surrounding the US men’s national team and his teammate, Gio Reyna, “childish.” Potter won’t have had much time with his relatively inflated squad before Saturday’s contest, so he’ll likely deploy a safer 3-4-3 formation that has been successful for the Blues recently. You know what that means; it’s time to slam the unders.

The first of these will be a classic; under 2.5 total goals at -114 odds. I really like the value on this play considering both teams average fewer than 1.5 goals per match and Chelsea still boasts a top-five defense in the Premier League.

Wesley Fofana’s recent form is another reason I’ve been eyeing this bet, as the young Frenchman has proven to be one of the top defenders in the English top flight-and an absolute animal in the air. His 2.95 aerials won per 90 minutes ranks in the 89th percentile among center backs in the top five European leagues. Fofana’s aggressiveness and tenacity are the perfect complement to his compatriot on the other side of the back three, the cool and collected Benoit Badiashile.