LIVE- Chelsea v Aston Villa: Anwar El Ghazi scores his fifth goal in five games to bring visitors level at Stamford Bridge after Olivier Giroud’s opener as Cesar Azpilicueta has strike ruled out for offside
- Chelsea have slipped down the Premier League table after a miserable run
- Chelsea XI: Mendy; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Christensen, Chilwell; Kante, Jorginho, Mount; Pulisic, Giroud, Hudson-Odoi.
- Aston Villa XI: Martinez; Cash, Konsa, Hause, Targett; Douglas Luiz, McGinn; Traore, Grealish, El Ghazi; Watkins.
- They have lost three of their last four matches, going down to Arsenal last time
- In-form Aston Villa have three wins and a draw in their last four outings
- They will be looking to increase the pressure on Blues boss Frank Lampard
Chelsea find themselves gazing up at Aston Villa ahead of this evening’s Stamford Bridge clash – which now has the look of a must-win for Frank Lampard.
The Blues boss is under increasing pressure after three defeats in their last four games saw them tumble down the Premier League standings to eighth place, having been touted as title contenders not so long ago.
Villa sit above them on goal difference, and with two games in hand, after their thumping win over Crystal Palace on Boxing Day stretched their unbeaten run to four matches.
It could be a post-Christmas cracker at Stamford Bridge and Sportsmail’s Ollie Lewis will be providing the live coverage with kick-off at 5.30pm.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is in need of a win to get back on track in the Premier League