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The Blues have lost three of their last four game in the Premier League, the sole win coming against West Ham a week ago.

The Boxing Day defeat against struggling Arsenal left Frank Lampard furious, the Blues boss calling his team’s performance ‘lazy’.

That result actually Chelsea slip below Villa, who also have two games in hand, and Dean Smith’s men are in fine form, having hammered Crystal Palace 3-0 last time out, despite playing 45 minutes with ten men.

Chelsea vs Aston Villa is scheduled for a 5:30pm kick-off on Monday, December 28, 2020.

The game will be played behind closed doors at Stamford Bridge.

TV channel: The match will not be shown on TV in the UK.

Live stream: Amazon Prime Video subscribers can stream the match live online or on mobile and tablet via the Prime Video app.

Chelsea vs Aston Villa team news

Both managers are likely to make several changes, with just a 48-hour turnaround from their respective Boxing Day games.

Chelsea full-backs Reece James and Ben Chilwell both started against Arsenal despite managing injuries and may be rested, while Olivier Giroud could come in having been an unused substitute in that game.

Lampard was critical of Timo Werner’s performance and the German could miss out, with Callum Hudson-Odoi having performed well after his introduction at half-time at the Emirates.

Chelsea vs Aston Villa prediction: 2-1 home win

The Blues have suffered their first major slump of the season in recent weeks and Frank Lampard will hope that the defeat to Arsenal, in particular, proves a wake-up call.

 

With a renewed sense or urgency and potentially Giroud restored to the team to take advantage of the absence of the suspended Tyrone Mings, the Blues may just have enough.

Premier League head to head (h2h) history and results

  • Chelsea wins: 26
  • Villa wins: 12
  • Draws: 12
  • Last meeting: Villa 1-2 Chelsea (June 21, 2020)

Chelsea vs Aston Villa odds and betting tips (subject to change)

  • Chelsea to win: 8/11
  • Draw: 16/5
  • Villa to win: 4/1

Missing Players

Player Reason Status Rating
Édouard Mendy Doubtful N/A
Christian Pulisic Doubtful N/A
Player Reason Status Rating
Trézéguet Out N/A
Keinan Davis Out N/A
Morgan Sanson Doubtful N/A
Leon Bailey Doubtful N/A
Matt Targett Doubtful 7.44
John McGinn Doubtful N/A
Matthew Cash Doubtful N/A
Jaden Philogene-Bidace Doubtful 8.86
Carney Chukwuemeka Doubtful 7.8

Team News

  • Edouard Mendy missed the trip to Tottenham and while his injury is not serious, he won’t be risked ahead of a meeting with Manchester City next weekend.
  • A return to Champions League action follows that match against the champions so expect heavy rotation here, with Ben Chilwell, Trevoh Chalobah and Callum Hudson-Odoi almost certain to start.
  • So too should Saul Niguez who will be aiming to atone for a debut to forget against this very opponent, albeit likely to be a much changed Villa side to boot.
  • Aston Villa enjoyed an excellent win over Everton last time out but it wasn’t without some sacrifice as Matt Targett, Matty Cash and Leon Bailey all pulled up with minor muscle injuries and John McGinn had to be replaced as a concussion substitute.
  • Dean Smith would likely have rung the changes regardless, and will hope to get some minutes in the likes of Bertrand Traore and Emi Buendia.
  • Morgan Sanson was not named in the matchday squad at the weekend so it is unclear if he has suffered a recurrence of a long term knee injury but, if fit, this would surely be a chance for the Frenchman to gain some much needed match fitness.
  • Axel Tuanzebe will certainly keep his place in defence in the knowledge he can’t face parent club Manchester United at the weekend.
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