Chelsea travel to Villa Park with the aim of beating Aston Villa on the final day of the Premier League season. The Blues will be treading the fine line between disaster and glory as they are on the brink of securing Champions League football for next season.
Thomas Tuchel’s men occupy third spot ahead of the campaign’s conclusion, though dropped points against the Villains could see Chelsea replaced in the top-four by their FA Cup final conquerors Leicester City with the right swing of results.
The Blues put themselves firmly in the driving seat when they beat Leicester City at Stamford Bridge in midweek, though the distraction of a Champions League final on the horizon threatens to complicate the picture at Villa Park.
Grealish’s return for Aston Villa
What’s more? Villa talisman Jack Grealish started his first Premier League game since February against Tottenham on Wednesday evening and his inclusion made a notable difference to the Villains’ performance.
Grealish managed three attempts on goal and played four key passes during Villa’s excellent 2-1 win over Spurs and their margin of victory might have been even wider had they been more clinical in the final third.
With Grealish back pulling the strings, Villa should provide a trickier test for Chelsea than they might have done just a couple of weeks ago.
Aston Villa’s attacking prowess
Aston Villa racked up an incredible 20 attempts on goal and scored twice against Tottenham in midweek and with the home crowd back to cheer them on, the Villains are expected to test Chelsea’s defence on the final day of the season.
With the likes of Ollie Watkins, Bertrand Traore, Trezeguet, and Grealish, Villa have the personnel to stress a Chelsea team that would have one eye on the UEFA Champions League final clash against Premier League champions, Manchester City.
Chelsea could rest players ahead of the Champions League Final
Thomas Tuchel has decisions to make about which players to include or rest ahead of next week’s Champions League final, though the Blues – who have one of the division’s deepest squads – should have the quality to cope on two fronts.
The Blues performed impressively to beat Leicester 2-1 on Tuesday evening. While they should have extra motivation to push for victory on Sunday, Aston Villa would be a tough nut to crack.