Chelsea can topple Villa in scoring stakes in second legs

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Aston Villa may have the kindest fixture on paper when considering the Capital One Cup semi-final second legs, but Chelsea could easily trump them in the goals scored department as they too look to turn around their tie.

Having lost 3-1 at Bradford, Paul Lambert knows his team need to have a productive night at Villa Park to reach Wembley.

It is 10/11 that Villa score the most goals across the two second legs and the fact that they entertain League Two opposition is the biggest plus in their quest for goals.

Matt Duke’s inspired goalkeeping and Villa’s own wastefulness in front of goal was chiefly to blame for the club only leaving Valley Parade with a sole Andreas Weimann strike.

However, they do average three goals a game in this season’s competition and they are likely to need to extend this record to remain the only team in England to still not have been knocked out of any tournament that they entered at the start of the campaign.

Chelsea have their own 2-0 deficit to overturn as they head to Swansea and the good news for them is that their away form is remarkably better of late than when stepping out at Stamford Bridge.

Not including the Club World Cup that was played at a neutral venue, Chelsea have won their last six on the road and of particular note have scored four or more on three occasions in this stretch.

Meanwhile, they have scored five on each of their last two cup away days.

Furthermore, the Liberty Stadium is not always a fortress, with Everton and Norwich netting three or more in Wales in the Premier League this season.

For Bradford and Swansea, defence is bound to take precedence over attack, but if they keep things tight for the first hour or so, more space is likely to open up on the counter attack as their opposition will commit more bodies forward.

Swansea are 9/2 to top the scoring charts in the second legs, with Bradford at 9/1, even though they would have landed this bet in the first legs.

All odds and markets accurate as of publication’s time and date

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Craig Kemp

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