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Chelsea will look to end their recent Premier League collapse when they travel to face Aston Villa on Boxing Day.
The Blues, third, have been hit hard by Covid-19 and injury issues of late, slipping six points behind Manchester City in the title race.
However, Thomas Tuchel’s side managed to regain some momentum midweek when they knocked out West London rivals Brentford from the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.
Aston Villa also faced a coronavirus outbreak this week, with manager Steven Gerrard out this evening after his own positive test.
Villa’s match against Burnley last weekend has been postponed due to Covid, while their next scheduled match at Leeds is also called off following a request from the Yorkshire club.
The hosts are looking for back-to-back league wins at home over today’s visitors for the first time in 17 years after a 2-1 win at that field in May.
Follow Aston Villa vs Chelsea with Standard Sport’s LIVE blog below, including expert analysis from James Robson at Villa park!
The first news from the Chelsea squad
Romelu Lukaku is available again and could return after serving a period of self-isolation following a positive Covid test. The summer signing of £ 97.5million has not featured since the 3-2 win over Leeds on December 11.
Tuchel has also confirmed that Callum Hudson-Odoi is available again.
They were a much different side to Tuchel midweek in the Carabao Cup against Brentford, but it should be a more familiar side against Villa.
Jorginho and N’Golo Kante could return to team up in the midfielder, with Thiago Silva and Antonio Rudiger both also returning to the starting lineup.
In another boost for Tuchel, Andreas Christensen is also up for grabs, though it remains to be seen whether he can feature from the start or not.
How to watch
TV channel: The match will be broadcast on Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Sports Ultra HD and Sky Showcase.
Direct: Sky Sports subscribers will be able to watch the match via the Sky Go app.
Welcome to the first clash of this Boxing Day schedule as Chelsea travel to Manchester City.
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