The Blues reduce the deficit at the summit to SIX points.
FULL-TIME AT VILLA PARK: Aston Villa 1-3 Chelsea
93′ MIN: The Italian seals it for the Blues, converting from twelve yards for the second time in this match.
GOOOAAALLLLL!!! Aston Villa 1-3 Chelsea (Jorginho)
PENALTY!!! To Chelsea
56′ MIN: The big Belgian hitman makes an instant impact from the bench, as he puts the Blues ahead for the first time in this encounter.
GOOOOOAAALLLL!!! Aston Villa 1-2 Chelsea (R. Lukaku)
SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT VILLA PARK: Aston Villa 1-1 Chelsea
HALF-TIME AT VILLA PARK: Aston Villa 1-1 Chelsea
34′ MIN: Jorginho duly converts from the spot to bring the visitors level.
GOOOAAALLL!!! Aston Villa 1-1 Chelsea (Jorginho)
The Blues get a penalty as Cash brings down Callum Hudson-Odoi.
PENALTY!!! To Chelsea
GOOAALLLL!!! Aston Villa 1-0 Chelsea (R. James)
KICK-OFF AT VILLA PARK: Aston Villa 0-0 Chelsea
Blues boss Thomas Tuchel has named a strong line-up that will do battle against the Villans, as they chase the three points which will reduce the deficit between Chelsea and Manchester City to six points.
Still on the Coronavirus, Aston Villa’s game against Leeds United next Tuesday December 28th has been postponed.
The Villans will be without their manager Steven Gerrard who has tested positive for Covid-19.
Earlier, table toppers and defending champions Manchester City put Leicester City to the sword 6-3 at the Etihad, though the Foxes appeared briefly to turn the tide around with the scores at 4-3 at one point. Arsenal also got in on the action with loads of goals as they hit a hapless Norwich City 5-0 at Carrow Road, while Antonio Conte’s Tottenham Hotspurs beat visiting Crystal Palace 3-0. London side West Ham United continued their inconsistent form of late, as they fell 2-3 at home to Southampton – a result which will put some daylight between the Saints and the relegation zone.
Good evening and welcome to Apex Football’s festive coverage of Matchday 19 action between Aston Villa and Chelsea. The Boxing Day has truly lived up to the billing, as we have already seen exciting matches which kicked off a few hours ago.