Aston Villa vs Chelsea LIVE in Premier League: Preview, Squad News and Prediction, AVL vs CHE Live streaming, follow for live updates. The Londoners will play Aston Villa in match week 19 of the English Premier League.
AVL vs CHE LIVE in Premier League: When and Where is the match being played?
The English Premier League game between Aston Villa and Chelsea will be played at Villa Park, home of Aston Villa. The game is scheduled to start at 21:00 PM IST on December 26.
Aston Villa vs Chelsea: Live Streaming Details
Viewers can watch the game live on the Star Sports Network. Other than that, Disney+Hotstar will also stream the fixture live on their website and application.
AVL vs CHE LIVE in Premier League: Game Preview
Chelsea are currently third in the Premier League with 38 points from 18 games. They were held on to a 0-0 draw by Wolves at Stamford Bridge during their last league fixture.
Meanwhile, Aston Villa have seen their fortunes turn since the arrival of Steven Gerrard last month. The Birmingham-based are currently 10th in the Premier League table with 22 points from 17 games. They defeated Norwich City 2-0 at Carrow Road in their last league game on December 15.
Squad News and Injuries
Aston Villa: The Merseysiders will be without a number of key players coming into the game. Marvelous Nakamba, Leon Bailey, Bertrand Traore and Trezeguet are all out injured for Villa
Chelsea: Ben Chilwell is the only long-term absentee for the Blues. The England international sustained an ankle injury last month and is likely to be out for the next few months. Apart from that, Timo Werner and Kai Havertz could also sit out due to coronavirus. However, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Romelu Lukaku are likely to feature in the squad after testing negative for Covid-19.
Chelsea(3-4-3): Edouard Mendy; Cesar Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger; Reece James, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante, Marcos Alonso; Mason Mount, Romelu Lukaku; Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Aston Villa (4-5-1): Emi Martinez; Matty Cash, Tyrone Mings, Eric Konsa, Matt Targett; John McGinn, Douglas Luiz, Jacob Ramsey, Ashley Young, Emi Buendia; Ollie Watkins.
AVL vs CHE LIVE in Premier League: Head to Head Stats
Chelsea have won 66 of the 159 matches played between both teams in all competitions thus far. Villa recorded 58 victories, while 35 ended in a stalemate. The Londoners are currently undefeated in 9 out of their last 10 meetings against Villa in all competitions.
Aston Villa vs Chelsea: Players to Watch out for
Chelsea – Romelu Lukaku
Romelu Lukaku’s return will be a huge boost for the Blues against Aston Villa. The Londoners struggled to score on a regular basis in recent weeks and Lukaku’s presence upfront will be key for them against Villa’s competent defence. The Belgium international has scored three goals in 11 league games since joining the Blues from Inter last summer.
Aston Villa – Ollie Watkins
Ollie Watkins has been a revelation since joining Villa from Brentford in 2020. He was Villa’s top scorer last season, with 15 goals in 37 appearances. He has been in brilliant form this season too, finding the back of the net five times in 15 appearances.
DEFENDER– James, Silva, Alonso, Mings
MIDFIELDER – Kante, Ramsey, Jorginho, Luiz, Mcginn
The 12th Man Prediction: Aston Villa 1-2 Chelsea
Despite struggling in recent weeks, Chelsea are favourites against Aston Villa.
Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. Moreover, while selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.