Preview of Chelsea vs Aston Villa in round 29 of the 2022/23 Premier League on April 1.
Analysis of Chelsea vs Aston Villa form
Since their 0-2 loss to Tottenham on February 26, Chelsea has shown a much more positive face. Evidence of this is that in the last four matches, they have won three times and only allowed Everton to draw once.
Like Chelsea, Aston Villa also won three and drew once in their last four matches. After 27 rounds, they also have the same 38 points as Chelsea but are ranked lower (11th vs. 10th) due to inferior goal difference. Notably in Aston Villa’s lineup is Ollie Watkins, a striker who is poised to become the first player for the team to score in five consecutive away games in the Premier League. However, in the previous five meetings with Chelsea, Watkins has never scored.
In the previous 150 encounters, Chelsea has a slightly better record with 64 wins and 53 losses. In the first leg, they beat Aston Villa 2-0 away. That was one of four victories for Chelsea in their last five meetings with Aston Villa.
Latest Chelsea vs Aston Villa team news
Due to illness and thigh injury, Chelsea midfielder Kai Havertz and defender Reece James had to withdraw from the Germany and England national team respectively in the last training session. Along with Mason Mount, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Raheem Sterling, Edouard Mendy, Wesley Fofana, and Cesar Azpilicueta, it is uncertain whether they will play in this match. As for Armando Broja and Thiago Silva, these two players have more serious issues and will definitely be spectators.
On Aston Villa’s side, Polish winger Matty Cash has recently suffered an ankle injury and will need about three weeks to recover. Veteran Ashley Young is likely to replace him in this match. In addition to Matty, Jed Steer, Boubacar Kamara, Leander Dendoncker, and Philippe Coutinho are also on the Aston Villa list that needs medical attention.
Expected lineups for Chelsea vs Aston Villa
- Chelsea: Kepa; Badiashile, Koulibaly, Cucurella; James, Fernandez, Kovacic, Chilwell; Mudryk, Havertz, Felix.
- Aston Villa: Martinez; Young, Konsa, Mings, Moreno; McGinn, Luiz; Bailey, Buendia, Ramsey; Watkins.
Prediction: Chelsea 1-0 Aston Villa
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