Tue. Jan 18th, 2022

    Date: Sunday 26th December, 2021
    Time: 6:30 pm
    Stadium  Villa Park
    Referee     Martin Atkinson (England)
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    Aston Villa
    Despite the prospect of Callum Hudson-Odoi and Romelu Lukaku returning to the squad after coronavirus, neither player are expected to be risked from the start.

    With Chelsea now having more of their midfielders available, Mateo Kovacic could partner Jorginho in the centre, with N’Golo Kante playing in a more advanced role alongside Mason Mount.

    While Trevoh Chalobah should feature in the back three, Hakim Ziyech is a doubt with a calf injury, and Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Kai Havertz are likely to miss out due to coronavirus.
    Aston Villa possible starting lineup:
    Martinez; Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett; McGinn, Luiz, Ramsey; Buendia, Watkins, Young

    Gerrard has not disclosed which Villa players face missing this game for the same reasons, leaving it difficult to predict a starting lineup with any degree of certainty.

    The only confirmed absentees are Marvelous Nakamba, Leon Bailey and Bertrand Traore, all through injury.
    Chelsea possible starting lineup:
    Mendy; Chalobah, Silva, Rudgier; James, Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso; Kante, Mount; Pulisic

    Prediction: Aston Villa 1-1 Chelsea

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