Potter’s side are in a strange League position. Even with 11 games to go, Chelsea just aren’t playing for anything domestically.
Still, they could perhaps use their remaining games to fine-tune ahead of the Champions League quarter-final clash with Real Madrid. In many ways, it feels like 2012 all over again and Blues supporters need little reminding of what happened back then.
Villa, however, aren’t to be taken lightly. Unai Emery has yielded an almighty improvement out of the team he inherited from Steven Gerrard and they are a dangerous prospect these days.
Date, kick-off time and venue
Chelsea vs Aston Villa is scheduled for a 5.30pm BST kick-off time today, Saturday April 1, 2023.
Stamford Bridge in London will host.
Where to watch Chelsea vs Aston Villa
TV channel: The game will be broadcast on Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Ultra HDR.
Live stream: The Sky Go app will allow subscribers to watch on a live stream.
Live blog: Follow all of the action with Standard Sport’s dedicated match blog. Nizaar Kinsella will be providing expert analysis from the ground.
Chelsea vs Aston Villa team news
The Blues have managed to reset after the international break, welcoming back a host of players for the final 11 league games of the campaign.
Reece James, Kai Havertz, Mason Mount, Raheem Sterling, Wesley Fofana and Edouard Mendy have all trained this week, while N’Golo Kante could also be involved. Cesar Azpilicueta and Thiago Silva remain out.
Emery has lost Matty Cash for a number of weeks after he was injured playing for Poland during the break.
Boubacar Kamara and Diego Carlos could feature, however.
Chelsea vs Aston Villa prediction
Chelsea are not an easy team to call and so much depends on James’ fitness. Villa look a good bet to pounce.
Aston Villa to win 2-1.
Head to head (h2h) history and results
Chelsea wins: 68
Aston Villa wins: 58
Chelsea vs Aston Villa match odds
Chelsea to win: 4/6
Aston Villa to win: 9/2
Odds via Betfair and subject to change.