Chelsea are return to Premier League action today as Frank Lampard’s men face relegation-threatening Aston Villa in a crucial match for their top-four hopes.
Frank Lampard’s side are looking to cement their top-four position in the Premier League with a victory over Aston Villa, who sit 19th position in the EPL table.
It could be a must-win game for Chelsea in their bid to secure qualification for Uefa Champions League football next season, especially with both Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur playing out a draw in their recent game on Friday evening.
Chelsea were 4-0 winners against Everton in their last Premier Premier League game back in March thanks to goals from Mason Mount, Pedro, Willian and Olivier Giroud.
On other hand, Aston Villa will be looking to salvage at least a point when they host Chelsea at Villa Park stadium this afternoon as they aim to get out of the relegation scrap. Dean Smith’s side are currently 19th in the league title, leading relegation-threatened Norwich city by just five points.
It will be their second game since the return to football, following their 0-0 draw with Sheffield United on Wednesday night.
Their reverse fixture, played in December last year, when the host Chelsea defeats Aston Villa with 2-1 as Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount scored for Frank Lampard’s side. As we gear up for the clash between the Blues and Villa at the Villa Park stadium, Sportarena takes a closer look at both the teams.
Team News & Tactics
Since Danny Drinkwater was loan from Chelsea to Villa Park, he will not feature as he cannot play against his parent club. The Former Leicester city midfielder failed to make a real impact since his loan from Chelsea and was an unused substitute against Sheffield United.
Manager Dean Smith has confirm John McGinn will be assessed after the midfielder returning from a 6-month layout.
Bjorn Engels(Achilles), Wesley and Tom Heaton (both knee) are all still unavailable.
Frederick Guilbert (knee) has returned to training and may take Drinkwater’s place on the bench.
Aston Villa possible starting lineup:
Nyland; Konsa, Hause, Mings, Targett; Hourihane, Luiz, Nakamba; El Ghazi, Samatta, Grealish
Frank Lampard will be without Callum Hudson-Odoi as the winger continues to struggle with an ankle injury problems but Andreas Christensen and Reece James are both expected to be in selection for Villa clash.
Jorginho will missing the game due to suspension as he serves the second of his two-match ban for accumulating 10 yellow cards prior to lockdown.
Fikayo Tomori is also unavailable due to a muscular problem, but N’Golo Kante is in contention, having initially refused to return to training due to coronavirus concerns and Ruben Loftus-Cheek could make his first appearance since May.
Chelsea possible starting lineup:
Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Zouma, Alonso; Kante, Gilmour, Kovacic; Loftus-Cheek, Abraham, Willian
Prediction Aston Villa 1-3 Chelsea
Both of these teams need a win for very different reasons and, while Aston Villa have a game already under their belts, we are expecting Chelsea to be sharp enough to inflict another dent in the hosts’ survival hopes.
Player to Watch
Tammy Abraham will hope to deliver an impressed performance against his old side when encounter this afternoon.
The forward helped Villa get promoted last season and just like Grealish, has more points so far this season (131) than any other Chelsea player.
The 22-year-old has 13 goals so far this season and will want to make a real statement for the remainder of the season after Chelsea announced the signing of Timo Werner from RB Leipzig this week.