Aston Villa will welcome Chelsea at Villa Park this Sunday as they look to secure maximum points on the road. The Villans were held to a 1-1 draw versus Nottingham Forest recently, so they will be desperate to pick up a good result against the Blues this weekend.
Steven Gerrard will set his team up in a 4-3-3 formation and could name an unchanged team for this game. Hence, we can expect to see Ollie Watkins lead the line for the West Midlands club in the final third.
4-3-3 Aston Villa Predicted Lineup To Face Chelsea
Emiliano Martinez will operate in goal for the Blues after he shipped in one goal versus Nottingham Forest in his last outing. Ezri Konsa will function alongside Tyrone Mings at the centre of Aston Villa’s backline as they try to frustrate the Chelsea attackers during the 90 minutes.
Matty Cash will get the nod to impress at right-back while Ashley Young could fill in on the other flank as the left-back. Both of them will have to keep a solid defensive shape at the back so that they can stop the opposition from creating too many chances from the wide areas.
Jan Bednarek and Calum Chambers will offer cover for the defensive positions on the bench.
Jacob Ramsey, Douglas Luiz and John McGinn will make up Steven Gerrard’s midfield as they focus on making life difficult for the Blues at the centre of the park.
McGinn will have to carry most of the creative burden for the Villans in the opponent’s half. Marvelous Nakamba will have to settle for a spot on the bench as he waits for his chance to shine in the latter stages of the game if needed.
Philippe Coutinho will operate as the left-sided wide player while Emiliano Buendia looks to give a good account of himself on the other side as the right-winger.
Ollie Watkins will lead the charge for the West Midlands club on the attacking end of the field. The English striker has to find a way to cause a few problems for the opposition defenders during the 90 minutes.
Danny Ings and Cameron Archer will be available for selection on the bench and might come on to make an impact in the second 45 minutes if Gerrard opts to call upon his services.
However, Leon Bailey is unlikely to recover in time for this match as he is still recovering from a muscle injury.