Chelsea banished memories of poor performances and results to earn their third victory in a row at Leicester on Saturday afternoon.
Having edged past Leeds before beating Borussia Dortmund 2-0 at Stamford Bridge, the Blues gave a much more convincing display at the King Power Stadium as Ben Chilwell, Kai Havertz and Mateo Kovacic all netted in a 3-1 win.
Chelsea remain tenth and have games against teams both above and below them coming up.
Everton managed to lift themselves out of the relegation zone by beating Brentford, a much-needed boost ahead of what will be a tricky trip to Stamford Bridge.
The Toffees have only ever won once at Chelsea in the Premier League era, that coming in 1994 when Paul Rideout scored the only goal of the game.
Chelsea will hope the international break is benevolent injury-wise when players return towards the end of March. Villa will present a stern challenge for Graham Potter, with Unai Emery more than capable of masterminding an exemplary away performance.
The Villans’ last league win at Chelsea came in 2011. The following season, they were smashed 8-0.
These two sides shared a disappointing goalless draw back in January, with their struggles clear for all to see at Anfield.
Liverpool can’t retain any consistency and questions marks loom over Potter’s ability to get regular positive results.
If you don’t remember Chelsea’s last trip to Wolves in the Premier League, it’s because it was a boring 0-0 draw. It was notable for the visitors having to deal with a Covid-19 outbreak which meant only four outfield players were named on the bench.
There’s potential for a reunion with Wolves striker Diego Costa, though he’s out for a month so needs his recovery to go perfectly.
When Chelsea were beaten 4-1 at Brighton in late October, it was hoped that would be as low as the atmosphere got.
Instead, Potter’s former employers are threatening to finish above the Blues thanks to stars like Alexis Mac Allister and Kaoru Mitoma. The Blues need to win this one, for Potter’s pride more than anything.
A largely dull affair exploded into life the last time these two teams met. Jorginho’s penalty looked to have won Chelsea all three points in the 87th minute, but…
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