The Blues have lost three of their last four game in the Premier League, the sole win coming against West Ham a week ago.
The Boxing Day defeat against struggling Arsenal left Frank Lampard furious, the Blues boss calling his team’s performance ‘lazy’.
That result actually Chelsea slip below Villa, who also have two games in hand, and Dean Smith’s men are in fine form, having hammered Crystal Palace 3-0 last time out, despite playing 45 minutes with ten men.
Chelsea vs Aston Villa is scheduled for a 5:30pm kick-off on Monday, December 28, 2020.
The game will be played behind closed doors at Stamford Bridge.
How to watch Chelsea vs Aston Villa
TV channel: The match will not be shown on TV in the UK.
Live stream: Amazon Prime Video subscribers can stream the match live online or on mobile and tablet via the Prime Video app.
Chelsea vs Aston Villa team news
Both managers are likely to make several changes, with just a 48-hour turnaround from their respective Boxing Day games.
Chelsea full-backs Reece James and Ben Chilwell both started against Arsenal despite managing injuries and may be rested, while Olivier Giroud could come in having been an unused substitute in that game.
Lampard was critical of Timo Werner’s performance and the German could miss out, with Callum Hudson-Odoi having performed well after his introduction at half-time at the Emirates.
Chelsea vs Aston Villa prediction: 2-1 home win
The Blues have suffered their first major slump of the season in recent weeks and Frank Lampard will hope that the defeat to Arsenal, in particular, proves a wake-up call.
With a renewed sense or urgency and potentially Giroud restored to the team to take advantage of the absence of the suspended Tyrone Mings, the Blues may just have enough.
Premier League head to head (h2h) history and results
- Chelsea wins: 26
- Villa wins: 12
- Draws: 12
- Last meeting: Villa 1-2 Chelsea (June 21, 2020)
Chelsea vs Aston Villa odds and betting tips (subject to change)
- Chelsea to win: 8/11
- Draw: 16/5
- Villa to win: 4/1
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