Preview: Chelsea vs Aston Villa – prediction, team news, lineups
Chelsea will look to get back on the winning track in the Premier League when they host Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.
The Blues have accumulated seven points in their first three games of the 2021-22 campaign to rank fourth in the table, while Villa is in eleventh place with four points to show for his troubles thus far.
Chelsea’s start to the new season has been impressive, recording back-to-back victories over Crystal Palace and Arsenal in their first two league games before drawing 1-1 with Liverpool before the international break.
The Blues took the lead at Anfield through Kai Havertz and looked in good shape before Reece James was sent off just before halftime; The incident saw Liverpool award a penalty, which Mohamed Salah scored, but Thomas Tuchel’s team managed to leave Merseyside with a welcome point.
Chelsea are entering a fascinating period of their season as they will face Zenit St Petersburg in their first match of the Champions League group stage on 14 September before traveling to Tottenham Hotspur, which is currently in the top of the Premier League, next weekend.
The capital team will face Villa in the EFL Cup before a league game at home against Manchester City before ending in September with a trip to Juventus in the Champions League; Tuchel has assembled an impressive kit and will have to use it for a busy few weeks.
Chelsea only took one point from their two league games against Villa last weekend, playing a 1-1 draw with Dean Smith’s team at Stamford Bridge in December before losing 2-1 at Villa Park last weekend. from last season, but he was still in the top four in the table despite the loss.
Villa meanwhile opened their 2021-22 Premier League season with a disappointing loss to newly-promoted Watford, but they managed to put up three important points on the scoreboard a week later thanks to a 2-0 home win over Newcastle United.
Smith’s team then defeated Barrow 6-0 in the EFL Cup but failed to achieve three straight wins in all competitions as they drew 1-1 at Brentford at Villa Park before the international break.
Jack Grealish kept going through the summer transfer window, but players like Emiliano Buendia, Leon Bailey, Danny Ings, and Ashley Young arrived, and club owners will expect a push to the top half of the table considering the quality present in the team. . .
Villa, as mentioned, scored a point at Stamford Bridge last season, but hasn’t actually beaten the Blues away from home in the Premier League since December 2011, when Stephen Ireland, Stilian Petrov, and Darren Bent scored the goals in the English capital.
Smith’s team was also inconsistent in their travels in the Premier League last season but managed to record nine wins, just one less than Chelsea and Liverpool, and there is no question that this is a possible banana peel for the champions of the League. Champions League. particularly after an international hiatus.
Chelsea possible starting lineup:
Mendy; Christensen, Chalobah, Rudiger; Azpilicueta, Kovacic, Jorginho, Alonso; Havertz, Lukaku, Mount
Aston Villa possible starting lineup:
Steer; Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett; Bailey, McGinn, Luiz, El Ghazi; Ings, Watkins