Chelsea vs Aston Villa predictions: Emery can deny Pochettino all three points
- Chelsea have won only one of their last 10 home Premier League games
- Aston Villa have not lost 10 of 15 PL away games under Unai Emery, winning seven
- Recommended bet: Double Chance - Tie or Aston Villa
Two former Paris Saint-Germain managers will be in opposite dugouts when Mauricio Pochettino's Chelsea entertain Unai Emery's Aston Villa in one of Sunday's five Premier League matches.
Pochettino is still getting his feet under the desk at Stamford Bridge and, although there have been some encouraging performances from his side, the Blues' results have yet to significantly improve.
A 0-0 draw at Bournemouth last weekend left Chelsea in the bottom half of the table, five points off the top six.
Villa currently occupy the same position in which they finished last season, seventh, after winning three of their four games since an opening defeat at Newcastle.
Pochettino looks likely to make a couple of changes to the line-up he named last weekend with Moises Caicedo due for a recall if he passes a fitness test and Ben Chilwell poised to start.
Armando Broja could make his long-awaited return to the squad after battling back from an ACL injury he sustained in a friendly against Villa last December.
Nicolas Jackson will keep his place up front while Broja is eased back into action with Christopher Nkunku also unavailable through injury.
Chelsea have confirmed that Benoit Badiashile, Reece James, Carney Chukwuemeka and Trevoh Chalobah are "close" to returning to full training, but not yet available for selection.
As for Villa, Emery could name an unchanged side from Villa's 3-1 Premier League win over Crystal Palace last week.
The Spaniard made five changes in Poland on Thursday as his side lost their opening Europa Conference League group game to Legia Warsaw with Clement Lenglet handed a debut and Calum Chambers also recalled in defence.
Jacob Ramsey and Alex Moreno made their return to Villa's match-day squad, but Diego Carlos and Bertrand Traore remained absent.
Only Erling Haaland (8) is ahead of Jackson (6) for big chances missed in the Premier League in 2023-24 with Ollie Watkins the only other player to have missed more than four.
As a club, Chelsea (12) have missed the most big chances in the top flight this season.
After winning six of their first eight away Premier League games under Emery, Villa have recorded just one victory in their past seven on the road (D2 L4).
However, the Villans are so far unbeaten in London under Emery in the Premier League with two wins and two draws in the capital.
Chelsea remain untrustworthy as favourites and are unlikely to justify their odds-on quote by winning with any authority.
The Blues have won just three of their 15 league games at Stamford Bridge in 2023 with only one of those being by a margin which allowed the home fans to sit comfortably in the final minutes.
Villa's away form peaked late last season, but they have had a tough slate of road games so far in 2023-24.
They should find their task in West London much easier than at St James' Park and Anfield, where their hosts had lost only three times between them all last season.
Emery rightly chose to rest key players in midweek and should reap the rewards of that policy by picking up a positive result on Sunday.
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