Aston Villa vs Chelsea LIVE: Stream, TV channel, team news as Hudson-Odoi STARTS Boxing Day clash – latest updates

CHELSEA are looking to get their Premier League season back on track but face a tough trip away to Steven Gerrard's Aston Villa.

Gerrard won't be on the sidelines after testing positive with Covid-19, but his side will look to continue the good work they've done so far under the Liverpool legend.

  • Start time: 5.30pm GMT
  • TV/Live stream: Sky Sports Premier League
  • Aston Villa XI: Martinez, Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett, Sanson, Douglas Luiz, Ramsey, Buendia, Ings, Watkins
  • Chelsea XI: Mendy; Chalobah, Silva, Rudiger; James, Kante, Jorginho, Alonso; Mount, Pulisic, Hudson-Odoi

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  • Alex Cole

    Chelsea line up

    The Blues go into tonight with a stronger side than recent weeks as we see the return of Hudson-Odoi to the linee up and Lukaku to the bench.

    Mendy stays in goal for the European champions, whilst there is a back three in front of him, consisting of young Trevoh Chalobah, Thiago Silva and Rudiger.

    Kante and Jorginho sit in the defensive midfield positions.

    Reece James and Marcos Alonso at the wing-backs, looking to cause as much trouble for Villa as they have caused opposition teams this season.

    Mason Mount and Callum Hudson-Odoi will line up either side of Pulisic in an attacking three.

    16 Mendy; 3 Alonso, 14 Chalobah, 6 Thiago Silva, 2 Rudiger, 24 James; 7 Kante, 5 Jorginho; 19 Mount, 10 Pulisic, 20 Hudson-Odoi

  • Alex Cole

    Villa team news

    Other than the boss being out through Covid-19 protocols, Villa also have a handful of playing staff out tonight.

    Villa's scheduled match against Burnley last Saturday was postponed due to a Covid outbreak.

    The line up will be out any second now…

  • Alex Cole

    Chelsea team news

    Callum Hudson-Odoi and Romelu Lukaku could return to the fold for Chelsea, although neither are expected to start.

    Hakim Ziyech is a doubt due to a calf injury, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Kai Havertz aren't ready to return after positive Covid-19 tests.

    The big money summer signing Lukaku hasn't featured in the Premier League since the 3-2 home win over Leeds earlier this month.

    Keep posted for the line up, which should be confirmed within the next few minutes.

  • Alex Cole

    The top half – as it stands

    Chelsea are sat in third position but look to go level on points with Liverpool, whose Boxing Day clash with Leeds United was postponed.

    Aston Villa have edged into the top half.

    The Villans currently sit in tenth, level with Leicester on goal difference.

    However, this could all change with results at the Etihad Stadium or later today at Villa Park.

    The current LIVE table is shown below.

    Credit: Premier league
  • Alex Cole

    Welcome to Aston Villa vs Chelsea

    Good evening and welcome to SunSport’s live coverage of the Premier League game between Aston Villa and Chelsea.

    It is an intriguing prospect in store for us tonight on Boxing Day, with Chelsea getting desperate for points in the title race.

    The Blues have had a poor December in the Premier League, with back-to-back draws against Everton and Wolves and a loss to West Ham at the start of the month.

    The recent dip in form has left them six points adrift of leaders Manchester City, to be extended to NINE points, presuming Man City win today as they are currently demolishing Leicester.

    Tonight’s hosts Aston Villa have impressed the football world since rewarding the management job to Steven Gerrard.

    Despite losing to Gerrard’s ex-club Liverpool last week, Villa have beaten Norwich, Leicester, Palace and Brighton over the past few weeks.

    Unfortunately, Gerrard will miss Aston Villa's next two games after testing positive for Covid-19, the Midlands club confirmed earlier today.

    A club statement read: "Aston Villa can confirm head coach Steven Gerrard will be unable to attend our next two Premier League matches with Chelsea and Leeds United as he will be isolating after testing positive for Covid-19."

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