On Sunday in Birmingham at the stadium Villa Park will meet teams that are on different poles of standings. “Chelsea” is fighting for a place in the next Champions League. At the moment the team of Frank Lampard is on the fourth position and two points ahead of closest pursuer – “Manchester United”. A meeting with one of outsiders of the championship have come in handy for “blue”. On Friday, the Manchester United dropped points in the confrontation with Tottenham, and Chelsea have the opportunity to increase the points distance from the main competitor.
Aston Villa, who this season returned to the elite of English football, has all chances to be back in the championship. Birmingham people are in the relegation zone and are waiting for a fairly complex calendar: in addition to “Chelsea”, “lions” have to hold a duel with “Liverpool” and “Manchester United” where to get all the points will be very difficult. However, the team of Dean Smith will be the last to cling to the preservation of residence in the Premier League. In the past mid-wick Aston Villa ended their four-game losing streak, they tied with pretty strong this season, “Sheffield United”.
Meet in the Premier League will be “Aston Villa” and “Chelsea” anniversary, the 50th. “Blue” beat the opponents 25 times, while Birmingham people 12 times celebrated the success. The North London club have won their last five confrontations with “Aston Villa” in the Premier League (this is the best series of “blue” in the games against the “lions”). In the first round of this tournament Chelsea beat rivals with the score 2:1. It is noteworthy that one of the goals in the gate “villeins” was scored by Tammy Abraham previously played for the Birmingham people on loan.
Interestingly, for the first time in an official match, Chelsea will play without fans in the stands. “We are very much derived from the atmosphere in the stadium, fed her, she increases the adrenaline and makes the run even harder. That’s the beauty of the Premier League, but now we have to cultivate this motivation in ourselves. Every player individually and the entire team needs to show sports selfishness. They should be willing to play at a high level,” – said before the game at Villa Park, Frank Lampard.
In the upcoming meeting of “Chelsea” will not be able to rely on the help of Ficio Tomori and Callum Hudson-Odoi who is injured. But injury-Ruben Loftus-cheek, who a week ago scored a double in sparring with the “Queens Park Rangers” (“blue” won with the score 7:1).
Aston Villa: Nyland, Design, Utility, Mings, Target, Hourihan, Douglas Louis, McGinn, El Ghazi, Davis, Grealish.
Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, Alonso, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Rüdiger, Mount, Gilmore, Willian, Barkley, Pedro, Giroud.