Chelsea vs Aston Villa: The Predicted Eleven
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Frank Lampard took to the media yesterday to discuss his side's preparation ahead of Chelsea's trip to Villa Park.

The only absentees for this game are Fikayo Tomori and Callum Hudson-Odoi, both with minor knocks and not 100% fit.

Without further ado, here's the predicted line-up for tomorrow's game with Villa.


Kepa Arrizabalaga-

Kepa has endured a tough year, this season. The 25-year-old Spanish international has been in and out of the side. However, after his performance in the FA Cup against Liverpool, he was rewarded with a start against Everton.

Lampard has talked about potentially signing a keeper but now is Kepa's time to prove himself as he's been given another chance by Frank.


Right Back

Reece James-

This one is a bit of a no brainer. The young Englishman has enjoyed a fantastic start to his Chelsea career. James has already established himself as a first-team regular at the age of 20.

Many Chelsea fans are excited to see what the future holds for him. His blistering pace and his deadly crossing ability have caused havoc for many defences already. 

Centre Backs

Kurt Zouma-

The centre-back pairing has seemed to be a bit of a difficult one for Frank this season. Chelsea fans haven't seen an established, guaranteed, centre back partnership. With that being said, Zouma has proved to be a bit of a regular. Regardless of his performances, Zouma has played 22 times in the league this season and will almost certainly start again tomorrow.

Antonio Rudiger-

For the rest of the season, this looks set to be the centre back pairing. Although, Tomori might force his way back into the side when he returns to the side. Rudiger missed the majority of the first half of the season due to an injury he suffered last season. The German has had his ups and his downs in a Chelsea shirt. However, he'll look to put that behind him tomorrow, should he start.

Left Back

Cesar Azpilicueta-

Chelsea's skipper, Cesar Azpilicueta, has been a great servant to the club since his arrival from Marseille in 2012. The 30-year-old Spaniard rarely misses a game and continues to be ever-present in the team. With Lampard wanting a new full-back, the likes of Alonso and Emerson potentially on their way out, the Blues manager has used Cesar as a left-back at times this season and will probably slot in the left-hand side again tomorrow.


Billy Gilmour-

The young Scot has recently forced his way into the Chelsea team due to his brilliant performances against Liverpool and Everton. Gilmour has shown great composure and maturity when given a chance this season and is one for the future.

Mateo Kovacic-

After signing on a permanent deal this season from Real, Mateo has been one of Chelsea's stand out players. The Croatian is in contention for the POTY award at Chelsea. His awareness and his willingness to run with the ball is second to none and has been a joy to watch.

Ross Barkley-

Lampard tends to pick players based on form. Ross has struggled for game time this season, however, the Englishman has been in great form before the outbreak with a goal against Liverpool and a couple of assists against Everton. Therefore, Ross deserves the nod ahead of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who's not 100% yet.


Mason Mount-

This year has been a challenging one for Mount. Playing Premier League football for the first time with the club he's grown up playing for is never easy. Mount has played out wide this season, rather than his favoured number 10 role. Scoring six goals this season, Mount will slot in out wide for tomorrows clash with Villa.

Christian Pulisic-

The 21-year-old American international has been forced to miss parts of the season due to ongoing injuries in what has been an unfortunate start to his Chelsea career. When Pulisic has played, he's shown glimpses of his, great potential. With Christian match fit, tomorrow will be a perfect chance to establish himself as a first-team regular for the rest of the season. 

Tammy Abraham-

Chelsea's top goalscorer, with fifteen in all competitions, will no doubt lead the line tomorrow. Frank has fallen out of faith with Michy Bathshuayi, and Olivier Giroud tends to come off the bench. Tammy will look to impress against his old club and will hope to end the season with twenty goals or more.