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Aston Villa vs Chelsea. Premier League.

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Aston Villa 1

  • R James (28th minute own goal)

Chelsea 3

  • Jorginho (34th minute pen, 93rd minute pen)
  • R Lukaku (56th minute)

Aston Villa vs Chelsea: Premier League preview, team news, stats, prediction, TV channel, kick-off time

Steven Gerrard misses out with Covid as Aston Villa hope to have enough players available against Chelsea; Chelsea duo Romelu Lukaku and Callum Hudson-Odoi can return for the visitors; watch Aston Villa vs Chelsea live on Sky Sports Premier League from 5pm; kick-off 5.30pm.

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Team news, stats and prediction ahead of Aston Villa vs Chelsea in the Premier League on Boxing Day; kick-off 5.30pm.

Team news

Aston Villa will be without Steven Gerrard after the club confirmed the manager has tested positive for Covid-19. Villa will be hoping they have enough players available for the home game against Chelsea to go ahead.

Villa's scheduled match against Burnley last Saturday was postponed due to a Covid-19 outbreak at the Midlands club.

Keinan Davis, Marvelous Nakamba, Morgan Sanson, Anwar El Ghazi, Bertrand Traore and Leon Bailey were all unavailable with a variety of problems, but Gerrard confirmed "a couple" of players were back in contention.

Chelsea duo Romelu Lukaku and Callum Hudson-Odoi can return for the visitors.

The attacking duo were two of the eight Blues players hit by Covid-19 but have now recorded negative tests and are back in training.

Defender Andreas Christensen is also in contention after a back injury.

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Aston Villa vs Chelsea is live on Sky Sports Premier League from 5pm; kick-off 5.30pm. Sky Sports customers can watch in-game clips in the live match blog on the Sky Sports website and app. Highlights will also be published on the Sky Sports digital platforms and the Sky Sports Football YouTube channel shortly after the final whistle.

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Jones Knows prediction

Chelsea were three points clear of Liverpool and four points ahead of Manchester City after 12 Premier League games at the end of November.

They now trail leaders City by six points and Liverpool by three.

The west Londoners have gone from 15/8 shots for the title all the way out to 12/1 with Sky Bet. Such is the relentless pace of the top two, you simply can't afford to go through a spell of winning just three out of eight games like Chelsea have. In the blink of an eye, the title has probably slipped out of their grasp. I'm happy to back Villa to get a result in this one, too.

Thomas Tuchel has found it hard to stop Villa in their three meetings since he took charge, winning just one of the three games, including suffering a defeat on the last day of last season. Tuchel's side are usually very hard to create chances against but Villa have managed a whopping 34 shots in those three fixtures which provides me with confidence to go looking for a bet in the Villa player shots market.

My lucky pin has fallen on Matty Cash to record a shot at a very appealing 10/11 with Sky Bet. Steven Gerrard has played a very narrow midfield since taking charge with the width being supplied by the full-backs. In his six appearances under Gerrard, Cash has fired six shots and had 20 touches in the opposition box, showcasing his freedom to join attacks.

SCORE PREDICTION: 1-1

BETTING ANGLE: Matty Cash to have one or more shots (10/11 with Sky Bet)

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  • Aston Villa won this exact fixture 2-1 last season, last winning back-to-back home league games against Chelsea back in April 2004.
  • Chelsea won the reverse fixture 3-0 earlier this season, and are looking to complete the Premier League double over Aston Villa for the seventh time - only Manchester United (15) and Manchester City (8) have done so against the Villans more often in the competition.
  • This is the sixth time Aston Villa and Chelsea have met in a league match on Boxing Day (fourth in the Premier League), with Chelsea remaining unbeaten in the five games so far (W3 D2). The last such match came in the 2007-08 season, a 4-4 draw at Stamford Bridge.
  • In Premier League history, there have been 38 red cards in games played on Boxing Day. 8% of these came in one match - Aston Villa's 4-4 draw away to Chelsea in 2007-08, with Zat Knight being sent off for Villa, and Ricardo Carvalho and Ashley Cole seeing red for the Blues.
  • Aston Villa have won their last three Boxing Day league games, their longest winning run on this day since a run of five between 1908 and 1913.
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