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Aston Villa vs. Chelsea, Premier League: Live blog; highlights

...as it happened: live blog, updates, highlights, lineups, comments, etc.

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Happy Boxing Day!

It’s time to unwrap the present that Chelsea are giving us this year.

Will it be a nice? Will it be lame? Have we been good? Or have been naughty? We’re about to find out. Manchester City are absolutely destroying Leicester City (UPDATE: Leicester made it close ... then collapsed again) while Liverpool’s game has been postponed. Arsenal, in fourth, are also winning big.

Appropriately, Tuchel has selected as strong a lineup as available to him, with Lukaku only fit for the bench but Kanté getting the start in midfield.

Here we go!


Aston Villa starting lineup (4-3-3):
Martínez | Targett, Mings (c), Konsa, Cash | J.Ramsey, Douglas Luiz, Sanson | Buendía, Ings, Watkins

Substitutes from: Steer, Tuanzebe, Hause, Iroegbunam, Chukwuemeka, Traoré, Trézéguet, El Ghazi, Davis

Chelsea starting lineup (3-4-3):
Mendy | Rüdiger, Silva, Chalobah | Alonso, Jorginho (c), Kanté, James | Hudson-Odoi, Pulisic, Mount

Substitutes from: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Sarr, Kovačić, Saúl, Barkley, Ziyech, Lukaku


Date / Time: Sunday, December 26, 2021, 17.30 GMT; 12:30pm; 11pm IST
Venue: Villa Park, Birmingham, England
Referee: Martin Atkinson (on pitch); Stuart Attwell (VAR)

On TV: Sky Sports Main Event (UK); NBC, Telemundo (USA); Star Sports Select HD1 (India); SuperSport MaXimo 1, Canal+ Sport 3 (NGA); elsewhere
Streaming: Sky Go (UK); NBC Sports Live, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo (USA); Hotstar (India); DStv Now (NGA)


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Be excellent to each other, and party on, dudes!