Chelsea VS Aston Villa LIVE Football Score 11/12/2022

Chelsea VS Aston Villa LIVE Football Score 11/12/2022

Chelsea, meanwhile, have not been in action since suffering a 1-0 defeat to Newcastle on November 12, which proved to be their third straight loss in all competitions. The Blues have actually been beaten in four of their last five matches, including their last three in the Premier League, with the run of form seeing them drop down to eighth position in the table. Having been knocked out by Manchester City in the EFL Cup on November 9, Chelsea are not back in action until December 27, with Bournemouth visiting Stamford Bridge in the Premier League, and Potter’s side will then take on Nottingham Forest in their first match of 2023.

Unlike Villa, a large chunk of Chelsea’s first-team squad have been or are still at the World Cup, so a number of youngsters should be involved in this match, although the likes of Marc Cucurella, Jorginho, Armando Broja and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are with the squad. Villa will be missing their players that have been involved in the World Cup, but there is still a familiar squad in Abu Dhabi, and Emery is expected to select a strong side for this match. As many as 18 players were involved in the 2-2 draw with Brighton in Dubai, with Danny Ings coming off the bench to score twice for Villa in the behind-closed-doors fixture.

Leon Bailey and Ollie Watkins are again expected to start in the final third of the field, while Douglas Luiz should also feature, but Diego Carlos remains unavailable for selection through injury. As for Chelsea, there are expected to be senior players in the starting XI in the shape of Trevoh Chalobah, Cucurella, Jorginho, Broja and Aubameyang. Kepa Arrizabalaga was left out of the Spain squad for the World Cup, meanwhile, and he could start between the sticks for the Blues on Sunday.

Reece James has returned to first-team training and could be involved, but Wesley Fofana, Ben Chilwell, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and N’Golo Kante are all still out despite travelling with the squad. Dion Rankine, Bashir Humphreys, Cesare Casadei and Omari Hutchinson are among the youngsters set to be involved in the contest, with all four potentially starting.

There have been no suggestions that Potter’s position at the helm is under threat, but the 47-year-old has only won half of his 14 matches in charge, and there will certainly be eyes on the Blues when they return to competitive action later this month. Chelsea’s one and only mid-season friendly will take place in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, with the Blues facing Premier League opposition in the shape of Aston Villa.

Graham Potter’s side have not been in action since suffering a 1-0 loss to Newcastle United in the Premier League on November 12, but Villa have already played two mid-season friendlies, losing to Cardiff City before drawing with Brighton & Hove Albion last time out. Unai Emery has made a strong start to his reign as Villa head coach, recording two wins from three matches, with the successes both coming in the Premier League against Manchester United and Brighton.

The Spaniard was on the end of a 4-2 loss to Man United in the EFL Cup on November 10, but successive league victories represents an excellent start, and the results moved them into 12th spot in the table. Villa will next be in league action against Liverpool on Boxing Day, but they will have played four mid-season friendlies before that point; two of them have already taken place, losing 3-1 to Cardiff City on November 30 before playing out a 2-2 draw with Brighton on Thursday.

Emery’s side have two more matches to come over the next few days, facing Chelsea on Sunday before taking on Villarreal on December 15, and the club only have one player still at the World Cup in the shape of goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez. Leander Dendoncker’s Belgium side were knocked out in the group stage, while Matty Cash and on-loan Southampton defender Jan Bednarek were in the Poland squad that lost to France in the round of 16.

Chelsea’s squad is also shorn of players who have played in Qatar, including Edouard Mendy, Christian Pulisic, Mason Mount and Thiago Silva. Manager Potter confirmed ahead of the game that Kepa Arrizabalaga, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ben Chilwell, N’Golo Kante and Wesley Fofana remain unavailable. Reece James may play some role as he nears a return from a knee injury. Philippe Coutinho and Diego Carlos are the headline absentees for Emery’s side, due to injury.

Villa named a strong XI to face Brighton on Thursday and are only missing Matty Cash and Emi Martinez due to World Cup commitments. Chelsea and Aston Villa meet in Abu Dhabi this weekend for a mid-season friendly. With the Premier League restart honing into view, both teams are enjoying warm-weather training camps featuring the players not competing at the World Cup.

Unai Emery is getting to grips with his Villa squad after a successful opening week in the job and he will also face old club Villarreal before a Boxing Day meeting with Liverpool. For Chelsea, this counts as their only proper match ahead of their return against Bournemouth on December 27. Aston Villa caused a potentially pivotal upset in the Premier League title race with a 1-0 victory at home to nine-man Chelsea on Saturday at Villa Park.

Fabian Delph scored the only goal in the 82nd minute, flicking in substitute Marc Albrighton’s cross 14 minutes after Willian had been sent off for his second bookable offence. Chelsea largely dominated possession and had a goal ruled out in the first half, but the Blues were unable to avoid defeat and saw their 14-match league unbeaten run come to an end.

Chelsea finished the match with nine men after Ramires drew a straight red card in second-half stoppage time. Blues manager Jose Mourinho was also sent off in the closing moments. Despite the loss, Chelsea remain atop the Premier League table, six points ahead of Manchester City. But Chelsea have played three matches more than City. Liverpool and Arsenal, both seven points behind, also have two games in hand.

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