Chelsea vs Aston Villa: Premier League preview

Graham Potter’s side stuttered to a draw against Everton before the international break, a disappointing result given the Blues had looked to have turned a corner.

Potter’s side are in a strange League position. Even with 11 games to go, Chelsea just aren’t playing for anything domestically.

Still, they could perhaps use their remaining games to fine-tune ahead of the Champions League quarter-final clash with Real Madrid. In many ways, it feels like 2012 all over again and Blues supporters need little reminding of what happened back then.

Villa, however, aren’t to be taken lightly. Unai Emery has yielded an almighty improvement out of the team he inherited from Steven Gerrard and they are a dangerous prospect these days.

Date, kick-off time and venue

Chelsea vs Aston Villa is scheduled for a 5.30pm BST kick-off time on Saturday 1st April, 2023.

Stamford Bridge in London will host.

Where to watch Chelsea vs Aston Villa

TV channel: The game will be broadcast on Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Ultra HDR.

Live stream: The Sky Go app will allow subscribers to watch on a live stream.

Live blog: Follow all of the action with Standard Sport’s dedicated match blog. Nizaar Kinsella will be providing expert analysis from the ground.

Chelsea vs Aston Villa team news

Potter will provide an update on the fitness of Reece James after the defender was forced to pull out of the England squad who beat Italy and Ukraine. Kai Havertz is a concern too after leaving the Germany camp, as did Wesley Fofana with France.

There is better news on N’Golo Kante, however. The Frenchman played an hour in a behind-closed-doors friendly win over Charlton at Cobham and could step up his recovery even further by appearing against Villa.

Road to recovery: Kante is stepping up his return from injury

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Emery has lost Matty Cash for a number of weeks after he was injured playing for Poland during the break. Boubacar Kamara and Diego Carlos could feature, however.

Chelsea vs Aston Villa prediction

Chelsea are not an easy team to call and so much depends on James’ fitness. Villa look a good bet to pounce.

Aston Villa to win 2-1.

Head to head (h2h) history and results

Chelsea wins: 68

Draws: 35

Aston Villa wins: 58

Chelsea vs Aston Villa latest odds

Chelsea to win: 8/13

Draw: 11/4

Aston Villa to win: 9/2

Odds via Betfair and subject to change.

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