Our prediction for this Premier League match:
Chelsea and Aston Villa face each other at Stamford Bridge in the closing match of Saturday’s program. The Blues dropped two points in a 2-2 draw with Everton, and, no doubt, they are desperate to return to winning ways this weekend. Mason Mount, who missed England’s EURO 2024 qualifiers with injury, is a major doubt, while both Cesar Azpilicueta and Thiago Silva remain in the recovery room. Kai Havertz should be fit for the match.
Meanwhile, the Villans aim to build on a thrilling 3-0 win over Bournemouth, but beating Chelsea in London is easier said than done. The two teams seem to be evenly matched at the moment, and, taking everything into account, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw. Both Philippe Coutinho and Boubacar Kamara are major doubts, and the duo will be assessed ahead of the kick-off.
Highlighted Player (Mateo Kovacic):
Born to Croatian parents in Linz, Austria, Mateo Kovacic spent seven years in the LASK Linz youth academy before joining Dinamo Zagreb, where he showed a great deal of potential shortly after being promoted to the senior squad.
The good return of 7 goals in 43 league appearances saw him secure a high-profile move to Inter Milan, where he acted as both holding midfielder and attacking midfielder, during the three years at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza. And despite not exactly impressing in Italy, Kovacic was purchased by mighty Real Madrid, where he has been ever since. The youngster is widely regarded as one of Croatia’s most talented footballers at the moment and he has represented the country on international stage since the age of 19.
In just three years he managed to make over 25 appearances for the national team, playing at the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016 finals for Vatreni. Kovavic has yet to be given a real chance to impress at Real Madrid, but he has entire future ahead of him.
Highlighted Team (Aston Villa):
Aston Villa is one of the three clubs that dropped to the Championship at the end of the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign. The Villans host their rivals at Villa Park, the stadium that was opened in 1897 and its’ capacity is 42,682. However, it has to be noted that the highest attendance recorded at the stadium was 76,588 when Aston Villa faced Derby County in the FA Cup back in 1946.
Aston Villa’s fiercest rivals are Birmingham City and West Bromwich Albion. Nonetheless, the rivalry between Aston Villa and Wolves and Coventry City is big as well. Aston Villa have won seven First Division (Premier League) trophies, with the team clinching seven FA Cup trophies as well.
The team’s biggest success, though, came in 1982 when they won the European Cup. The Villans defeated Bayern Munich (1-0) in the title game and Peter Withe was named the man of the match.