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FA Cup: Aston Villa vs Chelsea: Predicted lineup, injury news, head-to-head, telecast

Published at :February 5, 2024 at 5:15 PM
Modified at :February 5, 2024 at 5:15 PM
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Manav Chowdhury


Premier League sides set to meet in FA Cup 4th round replay

Aston Villa bounced back from their 3-1 defeat to Newcastle United by beating the bottom-placed team Sheffield United by 5-0. This is a proper statement to the Blues who are the next opponent of Aston Villa. Last match of both these teams ended up in a 0-0 stalemate. Villa will be an advantage as they will play in their home stadium. They will give the London side a very tough fight to progress into the next round of the FA Cup.

The Blues were torn to shreds in a 4-1 loss to Liverpool last time out and recently they also lost to Wolves in a 4-2 scoreline. Currently, they are placed 11th in the Premier League with 31 points. The London side are facing a tough time and they will give their all against this Villa team, so that they can bounce back from all these defeats and bring in some confidence.

Kick-Off:

Wednesday, 7th Feb 2024, 08:00 PM (GMT), 03:00 PM (EST)

Thursday, 8th Feb 2024, 01:30 AM (IST)

Stadium: Villa Park

Form

Aston Villa Form (All Competitions): W-L-D-D-W

Chelsea Form (All Competitions): L-D-W-W-L

Players to Watch Out

Youri Tielemans (Aston Villa)

Tielemans is a highly intelligent and technically gifted playmaker, with many nuances to his skillset which make his impact to be both exceptional and distinguished. Tielemans does many things which prototypically fit the mould of a top-class playmaker.

Tielemans can influence the game in a number of ways. He’s a player who looks to optimize space and possession but is skilled in progressing the ball in passing and dribbling if need be.  His versatility and effectiveness are exemplified not by his quality on the ball or physically, but by his intelligence. His awareness and ability to stay composed in high-pressure situations allow him to execute his ideas consistently at a high level.

Moises Caicedo (Chelsea)

Whilst he has thrived in a defensive midfield role, he is capable in multiple different roles due to his refined delivery, his ability to wriggle himself out of tight areas, and a physical prowess that enables him to win the ball back and hold the ball up under pressure,  he is an efficient, technically gifted midfielder who makes solid decisions on and off the ball. He puts in a shift out of possession and is more than capable of covering space in behind and enabling his fullbacks to push forward.

Match Facts

  • In the last 5 meetings, Aston Villa won 3, and Chelsea FC won 1, 1 draw.
  • When Chelsea FC leads 0-1 away, they win in 80% of their matches.
  • The most common result of matches between Aston Villa and Chelsea FC is 1-1. 8 matches have ended with this result

Injury and Team News

Tyrone Mings is out due to ligament team and will take time to get back to full fitness. Emiliano Buendia will also miss match due to injury for the home team.

Levi Colwill has missed the last two matches with what has been described as a ‘minor tendon injury’. As it stands, it appears unlikely that the defender will be considered for a recall this weekend. Wesley Fofana is yet to make an appearance for Chelsea this term due to a serious knee injury and the defender is unlikely to return before next season.

Lesley Ugochukwu will also be out for this match. Robert Sanchez is still recovering from a knee injury picked up against Everton in December, and the goalkeeper is targeting a return at some stage this month. Marc Cucurella was another victim of that defeat to Everton, sustaining an ankle injury which required surgery, and the left-back is not expected to return until March at the earliest. Reece James, Chalobah and Lavia will also out due to injury.

Head-to-Head

Matches: 62

Chelsea: 31

Aston Villa: 16

Draws: 15

Predicted Lineup for Aston Villa vs Chelsea

Aston Villa Predicted Lineup (4-2-3-1):

Martinez(GK); Konsa, Carlos, Lenglet, Moreno; Kamara, Luiz; Bailey, Tielemans, McGinn; Watkins

Chelsea Predicted Lineup (4-2-3-1):

Petrovic(GK); Chilwell. Silva, Disasi, Gusto; Fernandez; Caicedo; Sterling, Gallagher, Palmer; Nkunku

Match Prediction for Aston Villa vs Chelsea

The home team are in fine form and will have a great advantage playing at home, for the Blues they will have to give their all if they want to progress in the next round. Aston Villa will win this match.

Prediction: Aston Villa 3-1 Chelsea

Telecast

India – Sony Sports

UK – BBC, ITV

US –  ESPN

Nigeria – Supersport

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