Aston Villa vs Chelsea: Charlie Nicholas gives his prediction

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Ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash between Chelsea and Aston Villa at Villa Park, Charlie Nicholas has backed Chelsea to beat Aston Villa 3-1.

Explaining his prediction, he told Sky Sports: “All of a sudden the relegation picture can change massively at the weekend.

“If Bournemouth win and West Ham earn a point, Villa will have to take a bit more of a risk. Jack Grealish played well against Sheffield United, while John McGinn got 60-65 minutes under his belt.

“There is absolutely nothing inspiring either up front or on the wings. Grealish can pick a pass, but you need people to work and run in behind.

“McGinn can do that, and so can Conor Hourihane. He works well with Grealish. Get them two to make the runs in behind and it will give them a chance.

“Chelsea are not the greatest at defending that scenario but they can counter-attack. Villa need to gamble.

“Mason Mount and Billy Gilmour could stay in the team, Tammy Abraham will be fit and fresh, and Olivier Giroud will want to do something, but there is nothing at the end of the summer to play for, so it is a sprint finish.

“I can see Chelsea picking Villa off.”

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