The Blues will be looking to get back to winning always after Saturday’s appalling performance against East London rivals West Ham. The fourth place side welcome Aston Villa to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening in an aim to rectify to the mistakes displayed at West Ham. The festive period can throw many unpredictable results but hopefully on Wednesday this is not the case. The Blues are well placed to go on to secure a top four finish, which brings Champions League qualification. They are currently six points ahead of North London side Tottenham in 5th, despite their back-to-back defeats.
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has understood the team’s impressive form of late has given them breathing space over the likes of Spurs and other rivals such as Arsenal and Manchester United. However the team must not be complacent as the six point gap can easily be diminished. The fans are eager to see how the team will respond after the successive defeats and how this young team can continue their development into genuine top four side.
The West Midlands side Aston Villa are coming of a well deserved draw after an scintillating display of football against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday where they picked up a point in a 2-2 draw. A notable moment of game was Jack Grealish’s superb strike which beat De Gea to give Villa the lead during the first half. A win for Aston Villa could put them up to the top half of the table, if results elsewhere go their way. Chelsea will have to be wary of the potential challenges they could face from Dean Smith’s side as the newly promoted team are not coming to SW6 just for a day out. They will approach the game at Stamford Bridge with nothing to lose and they will pose problems for the home side. They’re here to produce another upset.
- Aston Villa have conceded nine goals from set pieces in the Premier League. This is more than any other team in the division.
- Chelsea have won only three of seven Premier League matches at Stamford Bridge only scoring nine goals.
Forward Tammy Abraham (22) may be available for selection following a knock injury in last weeks 2-2 draw at Valencia. Many fans were not impressed with Olivier Giroud’s performance on Saturday. England international Ross Barkley and German defender Antonio Rudiger are both expected to be match fit very soon.
Chelsea v Aston Villa
Wednesday 4th December
Kick off 7:30pm GMT