Chelsea vs Aston Villa: Premier League Preview
Chelsea set to push for European qualification spot
Chelsea will be back in action on April 1 as they prepare to host Aston Villa in the final weeks of the 2022/23 Premier League campaign. With seven points in their last three Premier League games and a Champions League quarterfinal showdown with Real Madrid secured, Graham Potter’s team will be pushing for a positive result against Unai Emery’s visitors.
Kick-off time and broadcast details
The match will kick off at Stamford Bridge at 5:30 p.m. local time. Fans in the UK can catch the game via Sky Sports’ TV and streaming services, while viewers in the USA can tune in to USA Network (English) and Universo (Spanish) with both broadcasts streaming on fuboTV. In Canada, every Premier League game this season is exclusive to fuboTV.
Team news and injuries
Chelsea’s club captain Cesar Azpilicueta is back from treatment for concussion, while Edouard Mendy is expected to start on the bench with Kepa Arrizabalga in goal. Aston Villa’s Matty Cash will be assessed for a calf injury picked up on international duty with Poland, and Philippe Coutinho, Leander Dendocker, and Boubacar Kamara will be out for the visiting team.
Crucial home win for Chelsea
Graham Potter will be looking for a crucial home win as part of Chelsea’s drive to get back into the European spots, with the team having lost only twice at home in Premier League action since their World Cup return at the end of December. Despite Villa’s recent positive form, their ten points in four games have all come against teams below them in the table, and they have not won away at Stamford Bridge since 2011.