This weekend’s club friendly match between Chelsea and Aston Villa will take place in Abu Dhabi.
With the Premier League season about to begin, both teams are taking advantage of warm-weather training camps that include players who will not be competing in the World Cup.
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Unai Emery is settling in with his Villa squad after a successful first week in charge, and he will also face old club Villarreal before facing Liverpool on Boxing Day.
Chelsea’s only proper match before their return against Bournemouth on December 27 is this one.
Here are the match details…
Date, start time, and location
The game between Aston Villa and Chelsea is set to begin at 2.10pm GMT on Sunday, December 11, 2022.
The game will be held at Abu Dhabi’s Al Nahyan Stadium.
Aston Villa vs. Chelsea: Where to Watch
The match is expected to be broadcast on both the Aston Villa and Chelsea club media channels.
Subscribers can pay to watch the game live via the clubs’ app or website.
Team news for Chelsea vs Aston Villa
Philippe Coutinho and Diego Carlos are the main injury absentees for Emery’s team.
Villa have named a strong XI to face Brighton on Thursday, with only Matty Cash and Emi Martinez missing due to World Cup commitments.
Chelsea’s squad is also devoid of Qatar-based players such as Edouard Mendy, Christian Pulisic, Mason Mount, and Thiago Silva.
Kepa Arrizabalaga, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ben Chilwell, N’Golo Kante, and Wesley Fofana are still out, according to manager Potter. Reece James, who is recovering from a knee injury, could play a role.
Prediction for Chelsea vs Aston Villa
Villa may have an advantage in this one with more minutes under their belts from games against Brighton and Cardiff in the days leading up to the game.
Villa wins 1-0.
History and outcomes of head-to-head (h2h) competitions
Chelsea has won 13 of their last 16 competitive meetings, losing only two.