Aston Villa will welcome Chelsea at Villa Park on Sunday afternoon as they look to end their Premier League campaign with a win at home. The Villans managed to earn a 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur which will give them a lot of momentum going into this game.
Dean Smith will once again opt for a 4-2-3-1 formation and could bring Douglas Luiz back to his starting XI this weekend. Otherside, we can expect the West Midlands outfit to keep changes to a minimum for this clash.
4-2-3-1 Aston Villa Predicted Lineup To Face Chelsea
Emiliano Martinez will continue to play in goal for the Villans after he conceded a goal versus Spurs in his last league start. Tyrone Mings could resume his defensive partnership with Kortney Hause as they look to keep the Chelsea attackers at bay this weekend.
Ezri Konsa could fill in as a makeshift right-back while Matt Targett looks to catch the eye as the left-back. Smith will instruct both of them to sit a bit deeper than usual so that they can restrict the Blues from getting in behind them out on the wide areas.
Neil Taylor and Ahmed Elmohamady will offer cover for the full-back positions on Smith’s bench.
Douglas Luiz could get the nod to feature alongside John McGinn as the duo look to make some decent chances for the front players. The talented trio of Anwar El Ghazi, Jack Grealish and Bertrand Traore could operate just ahead of them as part of the Villans attack.
Smith would want his midfielders to be at their best if they are to stand a chance of securing a positive result against Thomas Tuchel’s men this weekend. Ross Barkley and Jacob Ramsey will both be available for selection on the bench and could come on to make an impact in the latter stages if required.
Ollie Watkins is nailed on to lead the charge for the Villans up top. The English striker got his name on the scoresheet in midweek, so he will be quietly confident about his chances of putting on another fruitful performance at Villa Park on Sunday.
Wesley Moraes will make up the numbers on the bench as he waits for his opportunity to shine as a second-half substitute if Smith decides to use his services.