Saturday’s lunch time kick off sees manager-less Aston Villa play host to Chelsea at Villa Park. With both sides having little to play for this season, we decided to liven things up a bit with a brand new enhanced odds special for this game.
Changing of the Garde
The announcement of Aston Villa boss Remi Garde’s departure during England’s 2-1 defeat to the Netherlands on Tuesday came as little shock to Villa fans and neutrals alike.
After winning a solitary two games since joining the club in November of last year, it was of no surprise that the 49-year-old Frenchman was given his marching orders by the club with Villa’s 1-0 defeat to Swansea a fortnight ago proving to be his last game in charge.
In a curious twist of fate, it was the narrow defeat at the Liberty stadium that was seemingly the main catalyst in the board’s decision, just as it was for Tim Sherwood’s departure earlier in the season after Villa yet again fell foul to Swansea City with a 2-1 defeat at Villa Park.
Blues with little to play for
For Villa’s opponents Chelsea, double defeats to PSG and Everton in the Champions League and FA Cup respectively left the West London club with little to play for for the remainder of the domestic season.
Whilst we did cautiously predict Gus Hiddink’s men may be outside contenders for a top four spot after they saw an uplift in fortunes following the appointment of their Dutch boss, two draws against Everton and West Ham in March put paid to any UCL ambitions they had with the Blues still trailing 10 points behind fourth placed City in the league.
Where does the betting value lie?
Home advantage or not, an 11/2 price for Villa to win on Saturday seems incredibly short for a side who has only won at home twice all season and is still yet to beat another club in the top half in the entirety of the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign.
The last time these two met at Stamford Bridge back in October, it was Chelsea who ran out comfortable victors with a 2-0 victory thanks to goals from Diego Costa and Alan Hutton (own goal).
The assured nature of which Chelsea swept aside struggling Aston Villa was a pretty damning assessment of how bad things had gotten for the lowly football league founders when you consider the turbulent season the Blues were enduring under ex-boss Jose Mourinho at the time.
With this in mind, a Chelsea handicap of -1 at a price of 6/4 may get the juices flowing with the West Midlands already falling foul of heavy home defeats to the likes of Liverpool (0-6), Everton (1-3) and Manchester City (0-4 in the FA Cup) already in 2016.
New Customers – Enhanced Odds Special
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