English Premier League : Chelsea vs Aston Villa Match Preview and Prediction

Chelsea vs Aston Villa
GAME Chelsea vs Aston Villa
DATE 01/04/2023
TIME 10:00 PM (Indian Standard Time)
ARENA Stamford Bridge
LEAGUE English Premier League
TV Channel Info

Match Preview of Chelsea vs Aston Villa

Chelsea will face Aston Villa in a Premier League match at Stamford Bridge. Both teams currently have the same number of points and are in mid-table. Chelsea drew their last game against Everton, while Aston Villa won 3-0 against Bournemouth.

Chelsea had a three-game winning streak before their last match, where they conceded a draw against Everton. Joao Felix and Kai Havertz scored for Chelsea, but Abdoulaye Doucoure and Ellis Simms scored for Everton to level the match. Chelsea has been consistent in occupying the 10th spot in the Premier League standings. However, they are still in contention for Europa League football.

On the other hand, Aston Villa has been in good form, with 10 points from their last four Premier League matches. They defeated Bournemouth in their last match with goals from Douglas Luiz, Jacob Ramsey, and Emiliano Buendia. They are only behind Chelsea on goal difference and could break into the top half if they win.

Chelsea will have to cope with injuries and illnesses to some of their key players, such as Cesar Azpilicueta, Raheem Sterling, Wesley Fofana, Armando Broja, and Thiago Silva. Kai Havertz and Reece James were forced out of international duty midway through the break due to illness and injury, respectively. Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Edouard Mendy also have injury concerns.

Aston Villa's only major injury concern is Matty Cash, who is facing up to three weeks out with a calf injury. Ollie Watkins will aim to become the first player in Villa's history to score in five successive Premier League away games. Ashley Young is expected to earn an immediate recall to the right flank.

Chelsea won 2-0 against Aston Villa at Villa Park in October, thanks to some inspired goalkeeping by Kepa Arrizabalaga. However, Villa has scored in all of their 16 competitive matches under manager Unai Emery, and they have only lost one of their last 17 trips to Stamford Bridge.

Our Predicted Lineups

Chelsea possible starting lineup:Kepa; Badiashile, Koulibaly, Cucurella; James, Fernandez, Kovacic, Chilwell; Mudryk, Havertz, Felix

Aston Villa possible starting lineup: starting lineup:Martinez; Young, Konsa, Mings, Moreno; McGinn, Luiz; Bailey, Buendia, Ramsey; Watkins

Who will win the match?

Aston Villa, under the guidance of Emery, have been impressive in their ability to consistently trouble their opponents' defences. Their scoring streak is expected to continue at Stamford Bridge, where Chelsea have not been consistent this season. While the international break would have provided some respite for Potter, it is difficult to be overly confident in backing the injury-hit Chelsea side. Therefore, an in-form Villa team is likely to earn a hard-fought point and maintain their unbeaten run.

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