Chelsea will face Aston Villa in Week 19 of the Premier League 2021/22, Monday 27 December 2021. The Premier League Boxing Day match at Villa Park is scheduled to kick-off at 00:30 WIB.
Chelsea just beat Brentford 2-0 in the Carabao Cup/EFL Cup quarter-finals. Thomas Tuchel’s team won thanks to an opposing player’s own goal and a Jorginho penalty.
Meanwhile, Villa’s most recent match, against Burnley in the Premier League, was postponed due to the Covid-19 case. Prior to that, Steven Gerrard’s men won 2-0 at home to Norwich City through goals from Jacob Ramsey and Ollie Watkins.
Villa and Chelsea have met twice this season. In Week 4 of the Premier League, Villa lost 0-3 at Chelsea headquarters. In the 3rd round of the Carabao Cup, Villa drew 1-1 with Chelsea and lost on penalties 3-4. In the two games against Chelsea, Villa was still being coached by Dean Smith. Now, they will face Chelsea with Gerrard.
In six games with Gerrard so far, Villa have won four and lost twice (W4 D0 L2), scoring nine goals and conceding five. They won 2-0 over Brighton and 2-1 over Crystal Palace, lost 1-2 to Manchester City, won 2-1 over Leicester City, lost 0-1 to Liverpool and beat Norwich.
Villa made by Gerrard is still struggling against big teams. That was evident from the defeats against City and Liverpool. How about against Chelsea later?
Chelsea itself has not been entirely convincing lately. Continuing to play despite the squad being hit by injuries and Covid-19, Chelsea have won just three of their last eight matches in all competitions since thrashing Juventus 4-0 in the Champions League.
However, if the victory over Brentford can be used as a turning point for the revival, then Chelsea seems to have a chance to return home with three points from Villa Park.
Aston Villa (4-3-3): Martinez; Targett, Mings, Konsa, Cash; Jacob Ramsey, Luiz, McGinn; Young, Watkins, Buendia.
Coach: Steven Gerrard.
Squad info: Bertrand Traore (injured), Bailey (injured), Nakamba (injured), Sanson (doubtful), El Ghazi (doubtful), Davis (doubtful), Young (doubtful).
Chelsea (3-5-1-1): Mendy; Rudiger, Silva, Chalobah; Alonso, Kovacic, Jorginho, Kante, James; Mounts; Pulisic.
Coach: Thomas Tuchel.
Squad info: Lukaku ( doubtful ), Havertz ( doubtful ), Hudson-Odoi ( doubtful ), Werner ( doubtful ), Chilwell ( doubtful ), Christensen ( doubtful ), Ziyech ( doubtful ), Loftus-Cheek ( doubtful ).
Head-to-Head and Performance
Head-to-Head di Premier League
Aston Villa win: 13
Aston Villa Goal: 51
Chelsea win: 27
Chelsea goals: 88.
Last 5 Meetings
23-09-2021 Chelsea 1-1 Villa (EFL Cup)
11-09-2021 Chelsea 3-0 Villa (EPL)
23-05-2021 Villa 2-1 Chelsea (EPL)
29-12-2020 Chelsea 1-1 Villa (EPL)
21-06-2020 Villa 1-2 Chelsea (EPL).
Aston Villa (MKMKM) Last 5 Matches
27-11-21 Palace 1-2 Villa (EPL)
02-12-21 Villa 1-2 City (EPL)
05-12-21 Villa 2-1 Leicester (EPL)
11-12-21 Liverpool 1-0 Villa (EPL)
15-12-21 Norwich 0-2 Villa (EPL).
Chelsea’s Last 5 Matches (SMSSM)
09-12-21 Zenit 3-3 Chelsea (UCL)
11-12-21 Chelsea 3-2 Leeds (EPL)
17-12-21 Chelsea 1-1 Everton (EPL)
19-12-21 Wolverhampton 0-0 Chelsea (EPL)
23-12-21 Brentford 0-2 Chelsea (EFL Cup).