Aston Villa vs Chelsea Match Preview, head to head record, Team News And Lineup

after three-and-half-month hiatus, the Blues are in match action once more as we seek to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League. With nine league games left, it’s all to play for, and here we have all the information you need to know on the game and how to follow it…

Aston Villa vs Chelsea kick-off time

The match starts at 4.15 pm UK time on Sunday 21 June.

Aston Villa vs Chelsea venue

Villa Park will host the fixture, which will take place behind closed doors with no supporters present because of the coronavirus pandemic.

About Villa Park

Aston Villa vs Chelsea pre-match press conference

Frank Lampard will be conducting his pre-match press conference via video link at 1.30pm on Friday 19 June and you can watch it live on the 5th Stand App.

Aston Villa vs Chelsea on TV

The match is being broadcast live on Sky Sports in the UK, with coverage starting at 4pm.

Aston Villa vs Chelsea live commentary

There will be live text commentary updates on the 5th Stand app and this website, as well as updates on our @chelseafc Twitter account.

Aston Villa vs Chelsea audio commentary

Chelsea TV will be providing live audio commentary on the 5th Stand app and this website.

Aston Villa vs Chelsea head to head

In the reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge in December, we beat Aston Villa 2-1 with goals from Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount. We have won on each of our last two trips to Villa Park, in 2015 and 2016

Aston Villa vs Chelsea head to head record

Chelsea and Aston Villa meet for the 50th time in the Premier League, with the Blues winning 25 of the games, and Villa 12.

Chelsea have won our past five league games against Aston Villa, our best winning run against the Villans.

Aston Villa have lost nine of their last 10 Premier League games against Chelsea, winning the other at Villa Park in March 2014.

In the reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge on 4 December, the Blues won 2-1 with goals from Tammy Abraham (24) and Mason Mount (48). Trezeguet (41) scored for Villa.

Our 8-0 equal all-time best league win was against Aston Villa in December 2012, with Frank Lampard scoring one of the goals.

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Chelsea injury news

Prior to the break, the Blues had a lengthy injury list, including long-term absentees Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Christian Pulisic. The pause in action has given them time to recover and that pair have been involved in our behind-closed-door friendlies. Jorginho is serving the second of a two-match suspension.

Aston Villa injury news

Aston Villa welcome John McGinn back for their game against Sheffield United on Wednesday evening, after

 

Biggest league win for each team:

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Chelsea 8-0 Aston Villa 2012/13
Aston Villa 7-1 Chelsea 1951/52

Chelsea’s biggest win at Villa Park was 6-2 in 1966/67

Last meeting at Villa Park

ASTON VILLA 0 CHELSEA 4
Villa Park, 02.04.16, 12.45pm

Aston Villa (4-2-3-1): Guzan; Hutton, Richards (c), Lescott, Cissokho; Sanchez (Bacuna 66), Westwood; Gil (Grealish 66), Gueye (Lyden 82), J Ayew; Gestede
Unused subs: Bunn, Okore, Veretout, Sinclair.
Caretaker Manager: Eric Black
Sent off: Hutton 84 (two yellow cards)
Booked: Gueye, Cissokho, Sanchez, Westwood

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Courtois; Azpilicueta, Miazga, Ivanovic (c), Baba; Fabregas, Mikel; Pedro (Clarke-Salter 74), Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy (Oscar h/t); Remy (Pato 23).
Unused subs: Begovic, Matic, Traore, Falcao.
Manager: Guus Hiddink
Booked: Fabregas
Scorers: Loftus-Cheek 26, Pato 45+3 (pen), Pedro 46, 59

Referee: Neil Swarbrick
Attendance: 31,120

 

Chelsea stats

Chelsea take the field at Villa Park 105 days since our previous competitive fixture against Everton on Sunday 8 March. Our previous longest break without a game during a season was 28 days, between 8 February and 8 March 1986, when the weather postponed our games against Arsenal and Watford.

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Prior to 2019/20, our latest game of a season was the 2008/09 FA Cup final against Everton. Our latest league game was in the first full season after the Second World War, 1946/47.

 

LATEST GAMES IN A SEASON
30/05/2009 Everton FA Cup final Wembley W 2-1
29/05/2019 Arsenal Europa League final Baku W 4-1
28/05/1988 Middlesbrough Play-off final second leg Stamford Bridge W 1-0
27/05/2017 Arsenal FA Cup final Wembley L 1-2
26/05/1947 Portsmouth Division One Stamford Bridge L 0-3
25/05/1966 Barcelona Fairs Cup semi-final play-off Camp Nou L 0-5
24/05/2015 Sunderland Premier League Stamford Bridge W 3-1

Our game at Villa Park will be our 5,136th competitive fixture and the first ever played behind closed doors.

Chelsea are fourth with 48 points from 29 games, five points behind third-placed Leicester and three clear of Man Utd in fifth.

Chelsea are seeking a third consecutive victory in all competitions for the first time since a seven-game winning run between September and October 2019. The Blues last won three in a row without conceding back in April 2019.

The Blues are seeking a first away win in 2020 since beating Arsenal 2-1 in December.

Frank Lampard has now given debuts to eight Academy products this season, surpassing the seven handed out by Ken Shellito and Danny Blanchflower in the 1978/79 season.

Against Everton in our last outing on 8 March, Chelsea used three 18-year-olds – Billy Gilmour, Tino Anjorin and Armando Broja – becoming the first team to field three players aged 18 or younger in the same Premier League game since May 2016, when West Brom drew 1-1 with Liverpool.

OUR NEWEST DEBUTANT COMING ON AGAINST EVERTON

We had more shots on target against the Toffees (11) than any other game this season in all competitions.

Chelsea have won as many points on the road this season as we have at Stamford Bridge (24).

Only Aston Villa (0) have kept fewer clean sheets away from home in the Premier League this season than Chelsea (1) – a 2-0 victory at Tottenham in December 2019.

Olivier Giroud has scored in his last six games against Aston Villa (all with Arsenal) in all competitions, netting eight goals.

Chelsea have avoided defeat in each of our last six Premier League matches against newly-promoted teams, since losing 1-2 at Wolves in December 2018.

Frank Lampard netted more Premier League goals against Aston Villa (13) than any other side.

Premier League scorers

Abraham 13, Mount 6, Pulisic 5, Willian 5 (1 pen), Alonso 4, Jorginho 4 (3 pens), Kante 3, Azpilicueta 2, Giroud 2, Rudiger 2, Batshuayi 1, Hudson-Odoi 1, Kovacic 1, Pedro 1, Tomori 1

Milestones

In our last game against Everton, Toni Rudiger started a Blues game for the 100th time in all competitions and Kurt Zouma made his 50th start in the Premier League for the club.

IT IS RUDIGER AND ZOUMA’S FIRST SEASON PLAYING TOGETHER

Armando Broja became the 750th player to play for Chelsea in competitive matches.

Aston Villa stats

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This season’s Premier League stats

Most appearances: Grealish 27, Douglas Luiz 27, El Ghazi 26
Most goals: Grealish 7, Wesley 5, El Ghazi 4
Most assists: Grealish 6, El Ghazi 4, six on two
Most clean sheets: Heaton 4

Aston Villa are 19th with 26 points from 29 games, one point from safety but only three points from Brighton in 15th place.

Villa have conceded 56 goals and faced 513 shots in the Premier League this season, more than any other club.

Aston Villa have taken just two points from their last 63 available against ‘big six’ Premier League sides, drawing with Man City in November 2015, and with Man Utd this season.

Aston Villa have won on six of the seven days of the week in the Premier League this season, with the only exception being Sunday. A win here will see them become just the second team in top-flight history to win a match on all seven days of the week within a season, after Tottenham in 1986/87.

Jack Grealish has won more fouls this season (131) than any other player in a single Premier League campaign since Opta started recording such data in 1998/99.

SHEFFIELD STALEMATE

The Villans have won 18 points from their 14 home games:

Bournemouth L 1-2
Everton W 2-0
West Ham D 0-0
Burnley D 2-2
Brighton W 2-1
Liverpool L 1-2
Newcastle W 2-0
Leicester L 1-4
Southampton L 1-3
Norwich W 1-0
Man City L 1-6
Watford W 2-1
Tottenham L 2-3
Sheff Utd D 0-0

Premier League scorers

Grealish 7, Wesley 5, El Ghazi 4 (1 pen), Douglas Luiz 3, Hourihane 3, McGinn 3, Trezeguet 3, Mings 2, Engels 1, Samatta 1, Targett 1, own goals 1

This will be the sixth meeting between Dean Smith and Frank Lampard, with the Villa manager edging the head-to-head record by three wins to two, including last season’s Championship play-off final at Wembley (Villa 2-1 Derby).

Dean Smith’s management record v Chelsea
Won: 0
Drawn: 0
Lost: 3

Aston Villa’s last Premier League game

Wednesday 17 June
Aston Villa 0 Sheffield United 0
Team 4-3-3: Nyland; Konsa (Elmohamady 76), Hause, Mings, Targett; Hourihane, Douglas Luiz, McGinn (Nakamba 76); El Ghazi (Trezeguet 69), Davis (Samatta 69), Grealish (c)
Booked: Douglas Luiz

Discipline

Jorginho is suspended for the second game for reaching 10 Premier League yellow cards.

In the Premier League, the deadline for suspension for accumulating five bookings has passed. Players must now avoid accruing 10 cautions before the completion of the 32nd game to escape a two-match ban.

Premier League bookings list

Aston Villa (54) Grealish 7, Guilbert 7, Mings 5, Douglas Luiz 5, Hourihane 4, Nakamba 4, El Ghazi 3, Targett 3, Wesley 3, Hause 2, McGinn 2, Taylor 2, Trezeguet 2, Drinkwater 1, Engels 1, Kodjia 1, Ngoyo 1, Reina 1.

Chelsea (53) Jorginho 10, Kovacic 7, Christensen 5, Zouma 5, Alonso 3, Emerson 3, Kante 3, Mount 3, Rudiger 3, Tomori 3, Willian 3, Abraham 2, Hudson-Odoi 1, James 1, Pedro 1.

Referee and VAR

Referee: Paul Tierney
VAR: Lee Mason

Paul Tierney’s two Blues games this season both came in October. He was the official for our 4-1 Premier League victory at Southampton and our 1-2 home defeat to Man Utd in the Carabao Cup.

You can follow Sunday’s game via the Match Centre on The 5th Stand app and this website.

Matchday Live: Aston Villa vs Chelsea will also be available exclusively on the app, with a mix of live reaction to the team news and the match action plus analysis and debate throughout the afternoon.

Please do not travel to Villa Park or congregate in nearby streets.

Across all domestic competitions, defenders had accounted for seven of the 10 goals scored in our previous five games, but the four against Carlo Ancelotti’s side were scored by forwards.

Kepa Arrizabalaga, whose pitch between the sticks had been occupied by Willy Caballero for several outings, roared back with an excellent display against Jurgen Klopp’s team and another clean sheet against the blue half of Merseyside.

Exciting new signings Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech are set to join the club in July but are ineligible to play for the Blues until next season.

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RACE FOR EUROPE – MAXIMUM POSSIBLE POINTS
P PTS MAX
1 Liverpool 29 82 109
2 Manchester City 29 60 87
3 Leicester City 29 53 80
4 Chelsea 29 48 75
5 Manchester Utd 29 45 72
6 Sheffield Utd 29 44 71
7 Wolverhampton 29 43 70
8 Tottenham 29 41 68
9 Arsenal 29 40 67

Challenging schedule ahead

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