Predicted XI

Lampard set to rotate - How Chelsea could line-up against Aston Villa

With just 48 hours between fixtures over the festive period, the Blues boss is set to shuffle the back after the loss against Arsenal

9:00am on Monday 28th December 2020
Martin Macdonald

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is set to rotate his starting XI for Monday's Premier League match against Aston Villa, following the disappointing defeat away at Arsenal.

In a London derby versus the Gunners on Saturday, Chelsea were uninspiring, succumbing to their third loss out of the past four matches.

Lampard was unhappy with his players following the 3-1 result, and the performance combined with the lack of preparation time between games means that some players will be rested.

Hakim Ziyech missed the Arsenal game due to a hamstring injury, and although he is getting closer to full fitness, it is unlikely he'll be thrown in from the start.

In the roles behind the striker, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Kai Havertz are pushing for a start after being left on the bench on Saturday.

Olivier Giroud will also be looking to be recalled to the starting XI, potentially at the expense of Tammy Abraham, who scored a late consolation goal versus Arsenal.

It is likely that Timo Werner will be rested, or dropped, depending on your perspective, following a period of unproductive form.

Mateo Kovacic was replaced at half-time at the weekend, so expect Jorginho to start this one alongside N'Golo Kante in midfield.

Both Ben Chilwell and Reece James were fitness doubts before the Arsenal game, only to be deemed fit enough to start. It might be too much to ask for them to play twice in the space of three days, however.

That will mean recalls for Cesar Azpilicueta and Emerson Palmieri.

Chelsea v Aston Villa: Predicted XI

CHELSEA - Football tactics and formations

Latest news

Predicted XI

Muller missing - How Germany could line up against Hungary

Legendary Bayern Munich attacker Thomas Muller is set to sit out the final group game of the Euros due to a knee injury

  • 8 hours
Predicted XI

Ronaldo v Mbappe - How Portugal and France could line up in their final group game

France are already through, but will want to top Group F, whilst Portugal may need a least a point to qualify for the knockout stages

  • 9 hours
Predicted XI

Busquets back - How Spain could line up against Slovakia

Following a positive coronavirus test, Sergio Busquets has missed Spain's first two matches of Euro 2020 but is now available for selection

  • 10 hours
Player Ratings

Finland 0-2 Belgium Player Ratings: Lukaku seals victory

Belgium finished Group B with a perfect record thanks to a deserved 2-0 win over Finland in St Petersburg, with Romelu Lukaku getting his third of Euro 2020.

  • 21 hours
Player Ratings

North Macedonia 0-3 Netherlands Player Ratings: Depay celebrates Barca move with stunning display

Netherlands beat North Macedonia 3-0 to finish their Euro 2020 group with a perfect nine points, with Memphis Depay and Gini Wijnaldum starring.

  • 1 day
Predicted XI

Kane keeps his place – How England could line up against the Czech Republic

Despite a difficult start to the tournament, Gareth Southgate has thrown his support behind captain Harry Kane.

  • 1 day

Most read