Paul Merson reveals prediction for Aston Villa vs Chelsea clash

Paul Merson has backed Chelsea return to winning ways in the Premier League after two consecutive draws in the Premier League.

Merson told Sportskeeda: “Chelsea have got to win now. Draws are no good. If they draw and City win, Chelsea will be eight points behind. That means Manchester City will need to lose thrice without Chelsea dropping points. Attack, attack, attack. That has to be Chelsea’s only approach this weekend.

“It’s been a strange season for Romelu Lukaku at Chelsea. There have been certain games where you’d think Lukaku was surely needed, but he’s gone off the board. He hasn’t scored in several Premier League games, and these are worrying signs for Chelsea.

“Aston Villa have been brilliant under Steven Gerrard and they’ve improved defensively. Chelsea have firepower in their ranks, however, and there are no two ways about it – they need this victory.”

Merson’s prediction: Aston Villa 1-3 Chelsea

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