Chelsea vs Aston Villa
England – Premier League
Date: Wednesday, 4 December 2019
Kick-off at 19:30 UK/ 20:30 CET
Venue: Stamford Bridge (London).
Chelsea have experienced a slight dip in form of late, with just two wins in their last seven in all competitions.
A brilliant performance at Old Trafford will give Villa the confidence they need to take something from Wednesday’s match.
Villa have just one away win all season, but they have managed to score 11 goals on the road – only the top four sides have managed more.
Chelsea vs Aston Villa Head-to-head (h2h)
- Chelsea won the past four games in a row.
- Eight of the previous nine clashes saw Aston Villa conceding two or more goals.
- The last time these two met, Chelsea won on the road, 0-4.
- At this venue, it’s been eight years since the guests have recorded a triumph.
- In fact, since 1998, Aston Villa have won away from home just twice.
Chelsea Team News
Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Antonio Rudiger and Ross Barkley are definitely out, and Tammy Abraham may also miss out against the team he was on loan with last season. The in-form England striker suffered a hip injury against Valencia and missed out last weekend. Olivier Giroud started in his place at the weekend, but Michy Batshuayi and Callum Hudson-Odoi are other options for this game. N’Golo Kante and Willian could start too, having been benched at the weekend.
Chelsea Key Players
Christian Pulisic – After being forced to remain patient earlier in the campaign, the rising American star delivered on his potential with six goals in his last eight games.
Mason Mount – The 20-year-old playmaker has gone off the boil in recent weeks, but he does have four goals and an assist so far this season.
Michy Batshuayi – No goals in November after scoring in every game he played for club and country in October but Tammy Abraham’s injury gives him another chance.
Chelsea Team Form
Chelsea are winless since the international break, losing league games to Manchester City and West Ham and drawing in the Champions League at Valencia. N’Golo Kante gave Chelsea the lead against City but they lost 2-1, while they also lost a lead – having come from 1-0 down thanks to Mateo Kovacic and Christian Pulisic – in the draw in Spain. Last weekend, they lost 1-0 to West Ham.
Chelsea Predicted Starting Line up
Expected Line up: 4-2-3-1
Chelsea likely XI
- Goalkeeper:Kepa Arrizabalaga
- Defenders:Cesar Azpilicueta, Kurt Zouma, Fikayo Tomori, Emerson
- Defensive Midfielders:Jorginho, N’Golo Kante
- Attacking Midfielders:Willian, Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic
- Forwards:Michy Batshuayi
Aston Villa Team News, Updates and Facts
Aston Villa Team News
Keinan Davis is back in training but still a few weeks from fitness, while Jota Peleteiro is closing in on a return too. Frederic Guilbert will miss out this weekend due to suspension and Anwar El Ghazi is a doubt with a knee injury picked up in the draw with Manchester United.
Aston Villa Key Players
Jack Grealish – Scored the opener at Old Trafford last time out to continue a strong season on his return to the top flight.
Tyrone Mings – His equaliser at the weekend was another example of why Aston Villa were so keen to sign him up in the summer.
Trezeguet – Started last month with back-to-back goals in 2-1 defeats to Aston Villa and Wolves and the Egyptian will want a similar impact in December.
Aston Villa Team Form
Aston Villa have taken four points from two games since the international break. Dean Smith’s side won 2-0 at home to Newcastle, with Conor Hourihane and Anwar El Ghazi scoring. At Old Trafford, meanwhile, Jack Grealish put Villa in front and Tyrone Mings’ equaliser earned a point after United had hit back.
Aston Villa Predicted Starting Line up
Expected Line up: 4-3-3
Aston Villa likely XI
- Goalkeeper:Tom Heaton
- Defenders:Ahmed El Mohamady, Ezri Konsa, Tyrone Mings, Matt Targett
- Midfielders:John McGinn, Douglas Luiz, Conor Hourihane
- Forwards:Trezeguet, Wesley, Jack Grealish