Aston Villa vs Chelsea predictions: Hosts to win entertaining replay
Aston Villa and Chelsea will meet in their FA Cup fourth-round replay at Villa Park on Wednesday with a place in the last 16 awaiting the winner.
The two teams played out a low-key goalless draw at Stamford Bridge in the original tie, but both have been involved in high-scoring games since, meaning the replay should be a much more entertaining affair.
Villa handed a debut to deadline-day signing Morgan Rogers during Saturday's 5-0 Premier League thrashing of Sheffield United, but he is cup-tied for Wednesday's contest.
Pau Torres, Lucas Digne and Nicolo Zaniolo also remain unavailable due to injury, as do long-term absentees Emi Buendia, Tyrone Mings and Jhon Duran.
Chelsea also have a lengthy injury list to contend with, as Reece James, Robert Sanchez, Lesley Ugochukwu, Wesley Fofana, Marc Cucurella and Romeo Lavia all remain sidelined, but Levi Colwill and Trevoh Chalobah could return for the trip to Villa Park.
Villa were beaten by Newcastle in their last home fixture, but they had won 10 of their 11 matches at Villa Park prior to that 3-1 loss.
Emery has also seen his side score in 31 consecutive home matches, a run that dates back to October 2022.
The Villans are unbeaten in their last three meetings with Chelsea, winning two and drawing one.
Since drawing 0-0 with Villa in the original tie, Chelsea have lost both their Premier League matches against Liverpool and Wolves, conceding four goals in each.
Mauricio Pochettino's side have lost six of their last seven away matches across all competitions, but they have scored in five of those games.
A lot has happened since these two sides played out a goalless draw in west London on January 26, with Villa having bounced back from a rare home defeat to Newcastle by thrashing Sheffield United, while Chelsea have been convincingly beaten by both Liverpool and Wolves.
Emery will be hoping the emphatic nature of Villa’s victory over the Blades will have helped put their relative recent dip in form behind them and given Chelsea's away-day struggles, they will expect to book their place in the fifth round.
With an eye-catching 20 goals having been scored across their four combined matches since the original tie, it is hard to see this one being a cagey affair.
This is a match Villa should win, but they have only kept three clean sheets across their last 14 home matches, so Chelsea can also contribute to what could be a high-scoring Cup tie.
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