Aston Villa host Chelsea on Boxing Day, hoping to proceed what has been a massively encouraging begin to Steven Gerrard’s tenure.
The brand new Villa boss has overseen 4 wins in his opening six video games within the dugout – beating Brighton, Crystal Palace, Leicester and most lately Norwich – and has solely seen his facet narrowly crushed by Manchester Metropolis and Liverpool.
The Villans’ schedule was interrupted final outing as their conflict with Burnley was postponed because of an increase in Covid-19 circumstances throughout the squad. Heading into their first fixture in 13 days, Gerrard has admitted to being uncertain of his gamers’ availability for the go to of Chelsea however, as most gamers out with Covid-19 now return to motion, we are able to assume that the lineup might look just like the one which beat the Canaries 2-0 final outing.
This is who the Villa boss might area to trump a Chelsea facet enduring a barely rocky patch.
Emi Martinez (GK) – Has missed simply one in every of Villa’s 17 Premier League fixtures to this point this time period, retaining 5 clear sheets within the course of.
Matty Money (RB) – Has been improbable in latest weeks, epitomising the tenacity, vitality and drive of Gerrard’s facet from right-back.
Ezri Konsa (CB) – The pure first-choice companion to Tyrone Mings, Konsa is ready for a sixteenth league begin of the marketing campaign.
Tyrone Mings (CB) – Will greater than probably proceed to skipper the facet from the guts of the again line, having executed so 15 occasions within the Premier League this time period.
Matt Targett (LB) – Barely overshadowed by his fellow full-back’s attacking prowess, Targett might be simply as threatening when marauding up and down his personal flank.
John McGinn (CM) – Appears tailored for a Gerrard facet and, along with his chunk and dynamism, is a lifeless cert to proceed to characteristic in midfield for so long as potential.
Douglas Luiz (CM) – Marvelous Nakamba is assured to overlook the following couple of months because of a knee harm so, if accessible, Luiz must be set to anchor the facet as soon as extra.
Jacob Ramsey (CM) – Creating very nicely within the Villa midfield and, following his sensational solo purpose at Carrow Street final outing, is just about nailed on to begin if match.
Emi Buendia (RF) – Has considerably picked up his performances because the arrival of the brand new boss and appears extra of a inventive menace than within the early phases of the marketing campaign.
Olli Watkins (ST) – A key cog of Gerrard’s collective, Watkins has notched three targets and an help because the 41-year-old’s introduction.
Ashley Younger (LF) – With Leon Bailey’s continued stint on the sidelines, it is going to probably fall upon Younger to finish this Christmas tree formation for Villa’s festive conflict.