Chelsea Team news and Possible line-up Ahead Of Aston Villa Clash
After their humbling defeat to local North London rivals Arsenal at the weekend, Frank Lampard will be aiming to produce a strong reaction and return to winning ways at Stamford Bridge in Matchweek 16 here is Chelsea team news and possible line-up ahead of Villa clash.
Heading into the game, there are new injury concerns for manager Frank Lampard. However, Chelsea are once again likely to be without Hakim Ziyech, who is recuperating from a thigh injury but Callum Hudson-Odoi likely to named in starting XI following his positive display against Arsenal after introduced in the beginning of the second half.
Given that Chelsea will be playing their second game in 48 hours, Frank Lampard is expected to make some key changes to the lineup that took the field against Arsenal on Boxing Day.
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Both Ben Chilwell and Reece James only recently recovered from injuries and are unlikely to be pushed to play two games in two days. In their place, Emerson Palmieri and captain Cesar Azpilicueta are likely to start.
Thiago Silva, too, is unlikely to start, given the minimal recovery time between the two games.
The Brazilian defender will, therefore, make way for Antonio Rudiger to partner Kurt Zouma at the heart of the Chelsea defence. No change is expected in goal, however, with Edouard Mendy being retained ahead of Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Mateo Kovacic did not enjoy the best of games last time out and was subbed off at half-time. The Croatian is likely to be on the bench against Aston Villa, with Jorginho starting instead.
The Italian will slot in as the deepest of the three midfielders, with N’Golo Kante and Mason Mount occupying the remaining two slots in the middle of the park.
Moving to the attack, Timo Werner had another stinker at the weekend, sparking some harsh words from boss Frank Lampard in the aftermath.
‘Timo today wasn’t giving us enough with or without the ball and some of it we have to give him time because it is a different league but also we have to get there quickly, so we’ll see about his tiredness,’ he said.
Having been taken off at half-time on Boxing Day, the German international is unlikely to make it to the starting XI against Aston Villa. In his place, compatriot Kai Havertz should get the nod on the right flank.
There should be a change on the left wing as well, with Callum Hudson-Odoi likely to step in for Chrisitan Pulisic, who might not be risked, given his recent injury record.
Upfront, Tammy Abraham was one of the few positives for Chelsea at the weekend. However, the Englishman could make way for Olivier Giroud, who will be fresher after having played no part against former club Arsenal.