Thomas Tuchel & co. will trip to Villa Park to take on Aston Villa this evening in the Premier League Matchday 38 of the 2020/21 campaign.
The Blues, who are in excellent form in recent months with seven-game unbeaten run across all competitions before suffered back-to-back defeat to Arsenal and Leicester in FA Cup final, return to winning ways by defeating top-flight Leicester in domestic league.
Despite dominating possession, Tuchel’s team were unable to broken the deadlock until early of second-half through Germany centre-back Antonio Rudiger.
Chelsea then extend their lead through spot-kick as Jorginho send Kasper Schmeichel to wrong way before Iheanacho capitalize Kovacic’s howler to scored for the visitor.
The Blues, who are currently third on league standings, head into final games of the campaign aiming of consolidate their place in the table and seal a top-four finish when they take on Aston Villa at Villa Park on Sunday.
And ahead of the trip to Villa Park, Thomas Tuchel has been handed quite a boost. On Sunday, the Blues boss could well have a full strength squad at his disposal, with three erstwhile absentees being in contention to feature.
Defender Andreas Christensen, who sustained hamstring injury against Manchester City earlier this month is fit and available for the selection.
Meanwhile, N’Golo Kante and Kai Havertz are in the contention to feature against Aston Villa, revealed by Thomas Tuchel during press conference, although the duo could well be preserved for the UEFA Champions League final next week.
Moving on to predicted starting lineup, Tuchel is unlikely to make a lot of changes to the side that performed well last time out. So we can expect minimum of changes to the team that defeat the Foxes in mid-week.
Starting from goal, there’s no looking back, Edouard Mendy will feature between the sticks for Chelsea. Azipilicueta, meanwhile will be a part of the back-three that will also feature Thiago Silva and Antonio Rudiger, meaning Christensen will also be preserved for the UEFA Champions League final.
Reece James, who was surprisingly fielded as a right-sided centre-half in the Blues last two games, should return to his natural habitat at right wing-back while Ben Chilwell comes in on the left-side.
As for the middle of the park, N’Golo Kante is expected to given breather, mean that Mateo Kovacic, who came off the bench to replaced the Frenchman against the Foxes will be making a crucial appearances in the midfield a crucial appearance in the midfield double pivot, where he ought to have Jorginho for company.
Finally, in attack, the potential absence of Havertz means Timo Werner will spearhead the Chelsea unit in the final third, with Mason Mount and Christian Pulisic likely to get the nod as the two attacking midfielders in behind the Germany forward.
Probable Lineup (3-4-2-1): Mendy; Azpilicueta, Silva, Rudiger; James, Kovacic, Jorginho, Chilwell; Pulisic, Mount; Werner
Kick-off at 4:00PM
Referee: Stuart Attwell
Assistants: Simon Long, Neil Daviesnull
Fourth official: Tim Robinson
VAR: Jared Gillett
Assistant VAR: Stephen Child.