Aston Villa vs Chelsea: Live Stream TV Updates and How to Watch Premier League 2020
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18:145 months ago

Thank you and see you soon!

That's it for VAVEL UK's coverage of this Premier League match between Aston Villa and Chelsea - we hope you enjoyed it.

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18:115 months ago

FULL TIME

Aston Villa 1-2 Chelsea. It is a winning return for Chelsea as Villa slide further in to trouble. The Blues close down Leicester City and move five points clear of Manchester United and Wolves in fifth and sixth. The substitutions won it for Chelsea and Villa just couldn't muster any firepower aside from their set pieces.
18:115 months ago
90+5 Trezeguet's free kick is caught by Kepa.
18:105 months ago
90+5 'Newcastle away' think the Chelsea fans...
18:105 months ago

Yellow card

90+4 James loses it again and Villa break. Kante fouls the marauding Grealish. Villa have a free kick and its in a dangerous position.
18:085 months ago
90+3 Reece James has had the ball four times and lost it each time, not the shoring it up Lampard wanted.
18:075 months ago
90+2 Chelsea still can't get out. Villa are desperate for an equaliser.
18:065 months ago

Added time

There will be five additional minutes.
18:065 months ago

SUBSTITUTION - CHELSEA

Willian is off and right back Reece James comes back on.
18:055 months ago
90' Chelsea's problem all season has been an inability to kill the game off...
18:045 months ago
89' Now it is Chelsea that can't get out. A Villa corner comes to nothing.
18:035 months ago

SUBSTITUTION - ASTON VILLA

John McGinn is off for Jota. The Spanish forward oh-so-nearly steers the ball home with his first chance, but it is beyond Kepa and wide. Villa aren't done yet.
18:025 months ago
86' It's Villa who need the goal but it is all Chelsea right now. Gaps are beginning to open up. Marcos Alonso drills in a low shot from the left, but it's blocked.
18:005 months ago
85' Smarter corner from the Brazilian finding Pulisic on the edge of the area. His shot deflects over for... guess what?
17:595 months ago
84' Willian finds space 25 yards out as his rocketed strike is tipped over for another corner.
17:585 months ago
82' Villa's free kick in Chelsea's half is a poor one. Chelsea break and force a corner. Abraham has a free header but the ball glances off his head and sails wide.
17:555 months ago

SUBSTITUTION - CHELSEA

Goal scorer Giroud changes with former Villa loanee Tammy Abraham.
17:545 months ago
78' Chelsea don't look entirely comfortable even against this Villa side that has struggled for goals. Rudiger takes charge of a dangerous Trezeguet cross.
17:525 months ago
77' Great turn from Barkley in the box and his cross forces another corner. It comes to nothing, though.
17:515 months ago
76' Mix-up in the box as Chelsea look for a third. Giroud lays it back to Mount but it falls in to the path of a lurking defender.
17:495 months ago
74' Villa can't break through to Chelsea's box and the game has turned scrappy again.
17:465 months ago
70' Drinks break over. We are in for a thrilling finish here at Villa Park.
17:465 months ago
70' Drinks break over. We are in for a thrilling finish here at Villa Park.
17:435 months ago
68' Close. Villa's set pieces have been of real quality. Hause narrowly heads over again.
17:435 months ago
67' Villa will have to open up now and are coming forward. Jack Grealish goes down just outside the box after a Willian challenge. This free kick looks dangerous.
17:405 months ago
65' You have to give credit to Frank Lampard, the two subs have made an immediate impact. Chelsea are much more direct now.
17:375 months ago

GOAL - Aston Villa 1-2 Chelsea - Giroud

63' WOW! Awful for Villa, but the direct play from Chelsea causes immediate problems. The ball is pulled backed to Giroud and his deflected shot nestles in the back of the Villa net. An extraordinary turnaround.
17:365 months ago

GOAL - Aston Villa 1-1 Chelsea - Pulisic

60' Glorious cross from Azpilicueta this time finds Captain America. Pulisic slams the ball home from two yards out.
17:345 months ago
59' Azpilicueta almost finds Giroud at the near post.
17:325 months ago

SUBSTITUTION - VILLA

Keinan Davis makes way for Mbwana Samatta.
17:315 months ago

SUBSTITUTIONS - CHELSEA

Ross Barkley and Christian Pulisic are on for Loftus-Cheek and Kovacic.
17:295 months ago
54' Christian Pulisic is getting ready, as is Ross Barkley. Olivier Giroud heads over.
17:285 months ago
53' Finally a cross finds a Chelsea head, but Azpilicueta heads wide.
17:285 months ago
52' Resolute defending from Villa. Chelsea are up against it now. A change from Frank Lampard may be needed.
17:265 months ago
51' Not a single Chelsea cross has gone to a man in black.
17:255 months ago
50' Heart in mouth moment for Rudiger who misses his kick and Villa break, but Chelsea win the ball back. Lucky,
17:245 months ago
49' Awful corner from Willian, not even the first man.
17:215 months ago
46' Corner to Chelsea. It comes to nothing.
17:195 months ago

Second Half

We are back underway.
17:095 months ago
For all the talk of Werner, Ziyech and maybe Havertz, Chelsea have shown their defensive problems to be a priority fix once again.

Second half coming up next.

17:065 months ago

Half Time

A lot for Chelsea to do now. They haven't found many openings and when they have they've been wasteful.

Loftus-Cheek has been off the pace, but can't take all of the blame for Chelsea's sloppiness.

Villa have defended well and caused problems the few times they have gone forward.

17:035 months ago
45+3 Corner to Chelsea. Kovacic fires just wide from the edge of the box.
17:005 months ago

GOAL - Aston Villa 1-0 Chelsea - Kortney Hause

42' Inevitable. Kortney Hause reacts fastest to a Kepa save from the free kick. He turns it in smartly. Chelsea have a job to do.
16:585 months ago
42' It's been all Chelsea as we enter the final moments of the half. Villa have a free kick in Chelsea's half.
16:575 months ago
41' Willian now shoots wide.
16:575 months ago
40' You could accuse Chelsea of being wasteful by this point. A break sees Kovacic play in Alonso down the left, but the Spaniard checks back on to his unfavoured right and his cross is poor.
16:565 months ago
39' Inches away! Mason Mount slips through the Villa defence and puts a lovely ball across the goal. Loftus-Cheek is so close to a return goal.
16:555 months ago
38' Giroud is in the wars today. Chelsea have a free kick 45 yards out. Will be an interesting battle up top.
16:535 months ago
37' Azpilicueta is nearly in after a one-two with Mount but his heavy touch sees it come to nothing.
16:505 months ago
34' Cross after cross. Nyland redeems himself, coming off his line to collect Willian's cross from the right.

End-to-end as McGinn flashes a header wide!

16:495 months ago
32' It is so nearly another Nyland howler. A tame Kovacic effort is dealt with poorly and the split ball nearly rolls in. Up the other end and El Ghazi has Villa's best chance so far drawing a smart save from Kepa from the edge of the box
16:475 months ago
31' It's quicker from Chelsea and they are finally beginning to cause problems. Mount's cross is beaten away by Nyland.
16:465 months ago
31' That's better from Chelsea.  Willian flashes a ball across and Giroud is inches away.
16:465 months ago
30' Chelsea's crossing has been awful so far. Another ball into the box from captain Azpilicueta is easily cleared by Mings.
16:445 months ago
28' At least it's a nice day in Birmingham.
16:415 months ago
25' Drinks break. Both teams creating next to nothing must've been exhausting.
16:405 months ago
24' Deeper and deeper Villa retreat as Chelsea look for an opening.
16:375 months ago
21' What a strike. Mason Mount from 30 yards draws a top save from Nyland away to his left. The parried ball is then cleared.
16:365 months ago
20' This feels like a Paul Morphy chess match (see earlier useless update) as both teams try to suss each other out, still nothing to note.
16:345 months ago
18' This game feels like a Sunday afternoon village cricket game, not a Premier League fixture. Meanwhile, Rudiger is walking gingerly.
16:335 months ago

Goal

16' Chelsea break from the corner, but the slowest man on the pitch, Olivier Giroud, receives the ball and the attack comes to nothing.
16:315 months ago
15' Corner to Aston Villa.
16:305 months ago
14' Both teams are lacking a cutting edge, a good few passes inevitably ends with Kovacic ballooning the ball out of play.
16:295 months ago
13' Some possession for Villa, but a foul on Kovacic sees the ball turned over again.
16:275 months ago
10' Bit of rustiness from Chelsea at the moment, not a lot of time given to them by a compact Aston Villa.
16:255 months ago
9' No real chances for either team just yet.
16:235 months ago
7' Jack Grealish, the most fouled player ever in a Premier League season has drawn his second of the afternoon already. The resulting free kick is dealt with comfortably by Kepa.
16:215 months ago
5' Wahey! The groundsman is in trouble, the sprinklers turn on just at Loftus-Cheeks heads wide.
16:205 months ago
4' It looks like it is Ruben Loftus-Cheek in the front three with Mount deeper in midfield.
16:195 months ago
3' Mount nearly works it in to Giroud, but the ball is cleared. Chelsea asserting dominance in possession early on.
16:185 months ago
3'

Scrappy opening so far.

16:165 months ago

Kick-Off

1' Villa get us underway!

Paul Tierney is the man in the middle today.

16:155 months ago
The players take a knee and pause a moment too to remember those lost to coronavirus.
16:125 months ago

Here come the teams...

Chelsea are indeed in black, Villa of course in their traditional claret and blue.
16:055 months ago

Watchful eyes

10 minutes to go...
15:585 months ago

Can Villa do it?

So much is up in the air in these unusual circumstances. Will Villa's tie with Sheffield United help or hinder them? Are Chelsea fit and prepared?

Chelsea's leaky back line can always make for a tight game.

15:555 months ago

Grand master Lampard

Paul Morphy aside, the tactical chess on the pitch will be fascinating to see. Where will Mason Mount and the returning Ruben Loftus-Cheek fit into the team. Both have been known to play in midfield and both are known to fit on the left wing.
15:525 months ago

On this day

I, for one, am captivated by the prospect by Aston Villa and Chelsea playing a competitive game of football on the same day as when Louisiana chess prodigy Paul Morphy arrived in Europe for the first time in 1858.

It is also 50 years since the 1970 World Cup final. It would be nice if we could see a Carlos Alberto-like strike today.

15:455 months ago

Half an hour to go

Don't forget coverage of the match will be on Sky Sports, but not free to air.

Feel free to let me take you through it instead.

15:415 months ago
15:355 months ago

Giroud over Abraham

When the temporary curtain came down on the Premier League season in March, Frank Lampard was choosing Olivier Giroud to lead the line much more regularly than youngster Tammy Abraham.

With Villa more likely to sit in, the pace of Abraham in behind will not so easily stretch the home side. Giroud is arguably more of a threat in the air than Abraham, so that might be Lampard's thinking.

15:315 months ago

Bench threat

Both sides have some useful attacking options on the bench.

The home side can call upon the likes of Trezeguet, while Chelsea have the likes of Christian Pulisic, Ross Barkley  and Tammy Abraham to name only three.

15:255 months ago

Smokey Jack

I don't know what 'this smoke' means but I do know Chelsea will need to keep the vibrant Villa duo of Jack Grealish and John McGinn quiet. Failure to do so will ensure the Blues' leaky defence is opened up.

Chelsea have conceded 39 in the league already this season.

15:215 months ago

Loftus-Cheek starts

It's a great day for Ruben Loftus-Cheek as Frank Lampard hands him his first start after 13 months out with a horror injury.
15:205 months ago

Chelsea starting XI

And starting for the Blues...

 

15:185 months ago

Villa starting XI

Villa are unchanged. Starting:

Nyland; Konsa, Hause, Mings, targett, McGinn, D. Luiz, Hourihane, El Ghazi, Davis, Grealish

 

Bench:

Reina; Elmohamady, Taylor, Nakamba, Jota, Trezeguet, Vassilev, Borja, Samata

 

15:105 months ago

Chelsea have arrived

15:095 months ago

Lovely Villa Park

One of England's more stunning football arenas is looking typically lovely today.

The gorgeous Villa Park awaits team news up next...

 

15:085 months ago

Ranieri heaven

Former Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri was a big believer in trying to effect the psychological part of the game. He introduced a comfortable away dressing room at Stamford Bridge in a bid to make Chelsea's opposition just a little too relaxed.

Due to social distancing, Chelsea will change in the press conference room, uncomfortable to say the least.

 

14:595 months ago

Back in black

It looks like Chelsea will be wearing black today, a good omen against Villa recently. Chelsea donned a black kit in their last trip to Villa Park, a 4-0 league win in which Ruben Loftus-Cheek scored his first ever league goal for Chelsea.

The time before that was a 2-1 win in 2015 with goals from Branislav Ivanovic?

The time before that?

Ask Frank Lampard, the gaffer's double saw him top Chelsea's all-time goal scoring list, overtaking thr prolific Bobby Tambling.

The last time Chelsea wore blue at Villa park resulted in a 1-0 Villa win, with the away side reduced to nine men after Willian and Ramires were sent for early showers. Manager Jose Mourinho was also sent to the stands. It was a match that ultimately played a huge part in the West London side relinquishing their grip on the top spot of the table.

14:395 months ago

From the archives

Villa went to Stamford Bridge on the last day of 2011 to all but end Chelsea's attempt at the title.

A 3-1 win stunned the Blues with goals from Darren Bent, Stiliyan Petrov and Stephen Ireland.

14:355 months ago

From the archives

The year Chelsea won the double.

2010 saw Carlo Ancelotti's Blues come out on top of the league and saunter to the FA Cup. Chelsea faced Villa in the semi-final, a comfortable 3-0 win.

14:325 months ago

December

Pass the time with a look back at Chelsea's December win over Villa.
14:265 months ago

Head to head history

The first meeting between the two was in 1907 at Villa Park and resulted in a 0-0 draw in the old first division.

The last time the pair locked horns was in December at Stamford Bridge. Goals from Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount secured Chelsea a 2-1 win.

Villa are looking for their first win over Chelsea since 2014.

You can learn a bit more about the history of when two of England's biggest clubs have met by reading a piece by yours truly here.

14:185 months ago

Head to head

Total matches: 154

Villa wins: 57

Draws: 34

Chelsea wins: 63

13:305 months ago

Predicted lineup - Aston Villa

Nyland; El Mohamady, Hause, Mings, Targett, Nakamba, Hourihane, McGinn, El Ghazi, Trezeguet, Grealish.
13:275 months ago

Predicted lineup - Chelsea

VAVEL's James Evans has Chelsea's lineup prediction for you.

Prediction: Kepa; James, Zouma, Rudiger, Azpilicueta, Gilmour, Kovacic, Barkley, Mount, Pulisic, Abraham.

Who do you think will start?

You can view James' full piece here.

13:205 months ago

Where to watch

The match is not free to air and will be shown on Sky Sports Main Event.

Of course, you can always follow it here...

12:575 months ago

From friends to rivals

John Terry and Frank Lampard formed the core of Chelsea's greatest ever teams, now they face each other on opposite touchlines.

The two have been swapping text messages ahead of today's clash.

Lampard told Sky Sports: "It is always good to see him, we've had a couple of messages not related to the game. We are always in touch with each other. [It's] always good to go up against JT."

12:305 months ago

Giroud or Abraham?

There's still some debate over who should fill the hole in that front three for the Blues.

Does Tammy Abraham wrestle his starting role back from world cup winner Olivier Giroud.

VAVEL's Shyam Sunder tries to answer this question here.

12:255 months ago

What's at stake for Chelsea?

It's a big game for both teams.

Tottenham Hotspur, Leicester City, Arsenal, Manchester United and Sheffield United all dropped points in their respective fixtures. Wolves' 2-0 win over West Ham meant they were the only top four contender to take all three points.

A Chelsea win would take them five points clear of Manchester United in fifth place, ahead of a tricky match against Manchester City on Thursday.

12:165 months ago

What's at stake for Villa?

Aston Villa, lucky to have drawn on Wednesday night, are desperate for a win from their game in hand to help them in their relegation struggle.

With Brighton winning against Arsenal yesterday, Villa are looking to Watford, West Ham, Norwich and Bournemouth as their relegation rivals.

A win would take Villa out of the relegation zone, but a draw or loss leaves them in there with only eight games to go.

12:025 months ago

Chelsea team news

Jorginho is suspended, while Callum Hudson-Odoi is not yet fit enough to face the rigour of the Premier League.

Fikayo Tomori is carrying a knock and is unlikely to play.

Elsewhere, it could be a big day for midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek, back after rupturing his achilles 13 months ago.

11:575 months ago

Villa team news

Right-back Frederic Guilbert is unlikely to return in time for today's game.

Bjorn Engels is out, as are goalkeeper Tom Heaton and striker Wesley.

Danny Drinkwater is ineligible to play against his parent club.

11:485 months ago

Last time out

Villa helped re-open Premier League proceedings at home in a controversial 0-0 draw against Sheffield United on Wednesday night.

For Chelsea, it's their first game since the 4-0 thumping of Everton back in March.

11:445 months ago

Fancy a preview?

Live updates and team news will be here as it happens, but in the meantime you can have a look at the preview by VAVEL's Andrew Maddox.

Just click here.

11:235 months ago

Kick-off time

The Villans welcome the Blues to their home for a 16:15pm BST start. For those of you across the pond, that is 11:15am ET.
11:175 months ago

Follow along on VAVEL

Welcome to VAVEL.com’s LIVE coverage of this 2019/20 Premier League match between Aston Villa and Chelsea!

My name is Benjamin Lynch and I’ll be your host for this game. We will provide you with pre-game analysis, roster updates, and news as it happens live here on VAVEL.

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