Chelsea vs Aston Villa Preview
- Date: Wednesday, December 4, 2019
- Time: 2:30 p.m. (EST)
- Network: NBC Sports Gold
- Location: London, England
- Venue: Stamford Bridge
- Seating Capacity: 41,631
After a surprising defeat at home against West Ham United, Chelsea host 15th place Aston Villa at home.
Chelsea holds the fourth place in the table standings with 26 points. However, they are still 14 points behind Liverpool for the league.
Meanwhile, Aston Villa are coming off an outstanding 2-2 draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford this past Sunday.
In emotional news, John Terry returns to Stamdord Bridge as skipper of Aston Villa. Terry remains the most decorated player with 11 major honors alongside Chelsea boss Frank Lampard.
Lampard is still doubtful on Tammy Abraham’s status for the game. Chelsea has been rather different with Abraham in the lineup. His height, speed and reading of the ball are top class for a player as young as him. Marco van Ginkel, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Antonio Rüdiger remain out for the Blues.
Meanwhile, Dean Smith will be without Frédéric Guilbert who will be serving a one game ban. Ahmed Elmohamady will likely take his place on the lineup.
Nevertheless, Villa’s Jack Grealish continues to prove he belongs with a big team and will soon be making that jump to a top six.
Chelsea XI: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Tomori, Emerson; Kante, Jorginho; Willian, Mount, Pulisic; Abraham.
Aston Villa XI: Heaton; Elmohamady, Konsa, Mings, Targett; Hourihane, McGinn, Douglas Luiz; Trezeguet, Wesley, Grealish.
Prediction for Chelsea vs Aston Villa
Villa continues to draw up some points and their confidence is quite high. However, they will be facing a hurting Chelsea team who is looking to return to their winning ways.
Prediction: Chelsea 3 – 1 Aston Villa
Written by Edgar Gomez
Photo credit to Chelsea via Twitter