Aston Villa v Chelsea: match preview

Jack Grealish’s return precipitated a fine win over Tottenham and now the Aston Villa faithful have a chance to see their man in action for the first time this year. But will it be the last? The talisman will surely have suitors this summer and, if he upstages Chelsea’s creative forces, interest could kick into a higher gear. Thomas Tuchel’s side cannot afford this to happen to avoid missing out on Champions League football next season. Win and they are in the hat again, lose and they face the possible ignominy of falling out of the top four and failing to qualify as potential beaten finalists in this year’s edition. Graham Searles

Sunday 4pm Sky Sports Action

Venue Villa Park

Last season Aston Villa 1 Chelsea 2

Referee Stuart Attwell

This season G22 Y82 R3 3.86 cards/game

Odds H 6-1 A 1-2 D 4-1

Subs from Steer, Taylor, Nakamba, Jota, Davis, Chrisene, Heaton, Engels, Hayden, Ramsey, Wesley, Elmohamady, Philogene-Bidace, Chukwuemeka

Doubtful None

Injured Sanson (knee, unknown), Trezeguet (knee, unknown), Cash (hamstring, unknown)

Suspended None

Unavailable Barkley (loan terms)

Discipline Y64 R4


Leading scorer Watkins 14

Subs from Arrizabalaga, Caballero, Christensen, Zouma, Alonso, Emerson, Kanté, Gilmour, Hudson-Odoi, Giroud, Abraham, Havertz, Ziyech, Anjorin

Doubtful Kanté (hamstring), Havertz (hamstring)

Injured None

Suspended None

Discipline Y46 R2


Leading scorer Jorginho 7