LIVE- Chelsea v Aston Villa: Blues boss Frank Lampard looking to bounce back from Arsenal defeat as in-form Villans arrive at Stamford Bridge
- Chelsea have slipped down the Premier League table after a miserable run
- 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
After three defeats in their last four, tonight’s game is one Lampard cannot afford to lose.
Sportsmail takes a look at why Chelsea are going through this sticky patch.
There were due to be three Premier League games today, with Everton hosting Manchester City after the game at Stamford Bridge.
However, that game has been called off due to a Covid-19 outbreak at City. Chelsea are due to take on Pep Guardiola’s side on January 3.
Hello and welcome to Sportsmail’s live coverage of what promises to be an intriguing Premier League encounter as Chelsea host Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge.
It’s fair to say it hasn’t been a very Merry Christmas for Frank Lampard. Having enjoyed a flying start to the campaign, away defeats to Everton, Wolves and Arsenal have seen pressure mount on the Blues boss and his array of expensive stars.
On the other hand, Aston Villa are loving life in the top flight this season, and come into tonight’s contest with confidence high having dispatched of Crystal Palace on Boxing Day.
Stay tuned as we build towards the 5.30pm kick off, team news to come shortly.
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