Chelsea is going head to head with Aston Villa starting on 1 Apr 2023 at 16:30 UTC at Stamford Bridge stadium, London city, England. The match is a part of the Premier League.
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NAME: Chelsea – Aston Villa
DATE: 1 Apr 2023
TIME: 16:30 UTC
VENUE: Stamford Bridge, London, England
Ahead of Chelsea hosting Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League, Graham Potter confirmed that several players will be back in his squad for Saturday’s match following injury or illness, but admitted there are concerns over the availability of Christian Pulisic, Wesley Fofana and Raheem Sterling.
There have been recent signs that the abundance of injury problems which Graham Potter has needed to manage earlier this season were starting to ease and, speaking to the media ahead of Saturday’s visit of Aston Villa to Stamford Bridge, the Chelsea head coach discussed the returns of several members of his squad, including two who returned from international duty suffering from illnesses.
Despite being involved in just two competitions for most of the season, losing in the first round of both the domestic cups (both times to Manchester City), Chelsea somehow have ended up with a most congested April, which will see us contest nine (9) games in the span of just 29 days — a game practically every three days.
The first of those is an epic midtable showdown on Saturday against Aston Villa, who are one place behind us in 11th just on goal difference. A top-six is not of the reach of either, certainly not mathematically, and Villa are targeting at least a top-10 upper half of the table finish. They’re up for this game that’s a massive “this is our life now” downer for us, especially after collecting 10 out of the 12 points available from their previous four games.
Chelsea team news: Chelsea’s injury situation is improving but remains concerning. Reece James and Kai Havertz are apparently good, but Mason Mount and N’Golo Kante are set for bench duty at most. Christian Pulisic’s battling a cold, while Raheem Sterling and Wesley Fofana are still with Thiago Silva and Cesar Azpilicueta on the sidelines — Azpi’s concussion has now kept him out for several weeks, well beyond the standard weeklong protocol, which is a bit scary.
Similarly, Chelsea’s results have been improving, but do remain concerning. The 2-2 draw against Everton felt like another step back after the rousing wins of the preceding fortnight, and more concerningly the underlying metrics (such as shots and shots on target given up) haven’t really changed from what we saw during the horrendous five-month run that preceded it.
Asked where we need to improve, Graham Potter highlighted every area of the team, which is funny, in part because it is true.
Aston Villa team news: Former Arsenal boss Unai Emery returned to the Premier League to take over Villa at the start of November, and has since changed their fortunes markedly, winning 8 of his 14 league matches (two draws) in charge. They have gone from a relegation battle to midtable safety, and are currently working on a four-match unbeaten run (three wins), with just one goal conceded.
Their squad was strengthened by the January arrivals of left Alex Moreno (not to be confused with ex-Liverpool amuser Alberto Moreno) and the signing of teenage defender John Duran from Chicago Fire (Gaga’s former team and teammate). Ollie Watkins meanwhile has picked up the goalscoring slack — 7 goals since the World Cup — in the wake of Danny Ings’ departure.
Previously: Once a massive bogey team, Chelsea have the last three league matchups, including a 2-0 win earlier this season — Mason Mount with the somewhat fortuitous brace and Kepa with a most amazing triple-save propelling us to victory.
Kamara has missed the last two matches having hobbled out of Villa’s 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace, while fellow midfielder Dendoncker has also been unavailable for the past month – but Unai Emery is hopeful of both being ready for this weekend.
‘Thiago and Azpi are still away. Raheem’s coming back, he will miss the game but I think he’s got more of a chance for Tuesday. He’s close. Wesley is going to miss the game because his hamstring is still a little bit tight. I think there’s a chance for Tuesday with him.
‘Christian Pulisic is the only one we’re not sure about really, he’s had a heavy cold returning from international duty. So he’s the one we’ve just got to check on.’
‘I think that’s credit to him because sometimes in your career things are difficult, they aren’t quite optimal as you would like them to be and you have to act well and conduct yourself in a good way. That’s exactly what he’s done.’
N’Golo Kante is yet to make an appearance under Potter due to a hamstring issue he picked up in August, but it seems the Frenchman is also close to getting back out on the Stamford Bridge pitch in competitive action, having featured in a friendly against Charlton Athletic during the international break.
Aston Villa boss Unai Emery is still without Philippe Coutinho and he has been joined on the absentee list by Matty Cash, who injured his calf on international duty with Poland. However, Boubacar Kamara and Leander Dendoncker could both be back in their squad after returning to training during the international break.