This is the sixth time Aston Villa and Chelsea have met in a league match on Boxing Day (fourth in the Premier League), with Chelsea remaining unbeaten in the five contests so far (W3 D2). The last such match came in the 2007/08 season, a 4-4 draw at Stamford Bridge.
Villa have won their last three Boxing Day league matches, their longest winning run on 26 December since a run of five between 1908 and 1913.
Chelsea’s last two Premier League matches have finished level, with the Blues last drawing three consecutive league fixtures back in February 2012. They have never gone three league matches without a win under Thomas Tuchel.
Villa won this exact fixture 2-1 last season, last winning back-to-back home league matches against Chelsea in April 2004.
Referee: Martin Atkinson. Assistants: Lee Betts, Constantine Hatzidakis. Fourth official: Michael Salisbury. VAR: Stuart Attwell. Assistant VAR: Dan Cook. [Credit: Premier League]
TIME: 5:30 PM
Lineups 📃 #AVLCHE
Aston Villa — Martínez; Cash, Konsa, Mings(C), Targett; Sanson, Douglas Luiz, Ramsey; Buendía, Watkins, Ings.
Chelsea — Mendy; Chalobah, Thiago Silva, Rüdiger; James, Kanté, Jorginho(C), Alonso; Mount, Hudson-Odoi; Pulisic.
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