Chelsea will be looking to stay close to the Premier League’s top two when they travel to face Aston Villa on Sunday at 5:30pm (UK time).
It’s not too long ago that Thomas Tuchel’s side were top of the table, but a poor run of form has seen them drop to third, six points behind leaders Manchester City. Chelsea have won just two of their past six league matches and have drawn their past two, against Everton and Wolves. Aston Villa, meanwhile, are in 10th with four wins from their past six matches and have really been enjoying life under Steven Gerrard.
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Aston Villa team news
Aston Villa will be hoping they can recall Anwar El Ghazi, Morgan Sanson and Keinan Davis to their matchday squads after COVID-19 absences. Ashley Young and Emiliano Buendia are also expected to return in a huge boost for Villa, but Bertrand Traore, Leon Bailey, Jed Steer and Marvelous Nakamba remain out.
Aston Villa predicted XI: Martinez; Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett; McGinn, Luiz, Ramsey; Buendia, Watkins, Young.
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Chelsea team news
Thomas Tuchel is hopeful that Romelu Lukaku and Callum Hudson-Odoi will be available for selection after returning negative tests following isolation. Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Andreas Christensen could also return following slight knocks but Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Ben Chilwell and Hakim Ziyech will miss the visit to Villa Park.
Chelsea predicted XI: Mendy; Azpilicueta, Silva, Rudiger; James, Jorginho, Kante, Alonso; Mount, Lukaku, Hudson-Odoi.
Premier League 2021/22 recent form:
- Aston Villa: WLWLW
- Chelsea: DDWLW
Scoreline prediction: Aston Villa 1-1 Chelsea
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