Chelsea squeezed into the top four spots despite losing 2-1 at Aston Villa, helped by London rivals Tottenham, who beat Leicester on a dramatic final day.
Chelsea jumped in and out of the Champions League places over a topsy-turvy 90 minutes at Villa Park, despite being haunted by their former player Bertrand Traore on Sunday.
Aston Villa vs Chelsea highlight
Thomas Tuchel’s Blues beat fellow top-four rivals Leicester City 2-1 at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night – a result which means Chelsea will ensure Champions League qualification as long as they match the Foxes’ result against Tottenham on Sunday.
Chelsea may have lost the FA Cup Final to Leicester, but can still end the season on a high with a Champions League Final against Manchester City to look forward to.
Chelsea XI: Mendy, James, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Silva, Chilwell, Kovacic, Jorginho, Mount, Pulisic, Werner.
Subs: Kepa, Alonso, Christensen, Zouma, Giroud, Hudson-Odoi, Ziyech, Gilmour, Havertz.
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Aston Villa vs Chelsea team news
N’Golo Kante is a doubt for Chelsea after being subbed off during the first half of their League win against Leicester. The midfielder suffered a hamstring problem and Tuchel must decide whether to risk Kante with the Champions League Final also coming up next weekend.
Elsewhere for the Blues, Kai Havertz and Andreas Christensen are doubts, but will be hoping to return.
As for Villa, Ross Barkley is unable to face his parent club, while Matty Cash, Morgan Sanson and Mahmoud Ibrahim Hassan are on the injury list.
Head to head (h2h) history and results
(Premier League fixtures)
- Villa wins: 12
- Chelsea wins: 26
- Draws: 13
- Last meeting: Chelsea 1-1 Villa (28/12/2020)
Betting odds and tips
- Villa win: 6.58
- Draw: 4.94
- Chelsea win: 1.60
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- 1st Half Result – Draw @ 2.55
- Total Goal – Under 3.5 @ 1.53
- Home Handicap 2:0 @ 1.65