Date: Weds 4th December 2019
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Kick-off: 19:30 GMT
Tonight’s Premier League game sees the prodigal son return to Stamford Bridge, as we welcome back John Terry (albeit with Aston Villa).
Whilst Villa come into tonight’s game off the back of a draw against United, our spirits have been somewhat dampened. After a run of wins that had us sitting pretty in the top four, back to back defeats against City and West Ham mean the gap between us and the chasing pack has closed – and a tough draw against Valencia sandwiched between those defeats, have dented the momentum and maybe some of the confidence we’d started to build.
Frank Lampard will want to put his three defeats against Villa last season with Derby, behind him with a win tonight but that will be determined by our ability to bounce back from recent results. So, as much as we’ll welcome the return of our former Captain, Leader, Legend tonight, we’ll have to hope it’s not an entirely happy homecoming for him.
Going into today’s game after the weekend defeat to West Ham, and with Tammy Abraham potentially missing out again, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard, says “You can’t isolate it to one player and game. He (Tammy) can’t just be the reason for losing the game. He is an important player for us. We have competition in that area. I think it is part of football. If anyone thought it was to be a breeze. Man City away is a tough match. We have to focus on our reaction. There were basics we didn’t do. We lost a little bit of that and it is important we prepare for Villa.”
Aston Villa head coach Dean Smith meanwhile, says “The players are in a good place. We lost three games in a row in the Premier League – but two of them against Man City and Liverpool, which most teams are going to lose; now we’re in a run of games where we have opportunities to get points. We know we can compete at this level, we’ve gone that next step by going away and getting a result at Old Trafford and we’ll certainly be going all out to get the win at the Bridge on Wednesday.”
For Chelsea, Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Achilles), van Ginkel (ACL), Ross Barkley (illness), and Antonio Rudiger (groin) all remain out. Tammy Abraham (hip) is a doubt.
For Aston Villa, Anwar El Ghazi (knee) is injured and Frederic Guilbert serves a one-match suspension, Jed Steer and Keinan Davis are both missing longer-term, although Jota (hernia) is available again.
CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Kepa; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Tomori, Emerson; Jorginho; Kante; Willian, Mount; Pulisic; Batshuayi.
ASTON VILLA (Possible line-up): Heaton; Elmohamady; Konsa, Mings, Targett; McGinn, Nakamba, Hourihane; Trezeguet, Grealish, Wesley
CURRENT FORM (PL)
ASTON VILLA: WLLLWD
- Chelsea have won their last four home league games against Aston Villa.
- Villa have lost eight of the past nine meetings home and away.
- Chelsea have not lost consecutive Premier League games at Stamford Bridge since November 2011.
- Chelsea could go three games without a win against promoted opposition at Stamford Bridge for the first time since August 1991.
- Chelsea’s only defeat in 55 Premier League home fixtures against promoted sides was against Bournemouth in December 2015.
- Chelsea have lost all four league matches in which they’ve fallen behind this season.
BBC Sport: Chelsea 2-0 Aston Villa
Sky Sports: Chelsea 2-1 Aston Villa
Sportsmole: Chelsea 3-2 Aston Villa