This Friday (26), Chelsea welcomes Aston Villa to the Stamford Bridge stadium in a match valid for the fourth phase of the FA Cup, the FA Cup. The Blues debuted in the third phase, beating North Preston End 4-0, while Villa beat Middlesbrough 1-0. Check out where to watch Chelsea vs Aston Villa live below.
How the teams arrive
The Blues arrive at the game motivated by qualifying for the final of the EFL Cup, the English League Cup. On Tuesday, the team beat Middlesbrough 6-1 in the return game, reversing the 1-0 defeat in the first game. With this, Chelsea will face Liverpool in the final, scheduled for February 25th at Wembley Stadium.
In the FA Cup, the London team easily beat Preston North End, from the English second division. The four goals were scored by Armando Broja, Thiago Silva, Raheem Sterling and Enzo Fernández.
For this match, coach Mauricio Pochettino continues to have to deal with a considerable list of absences. Senegalese striker Nicolas Jackson remains in contention for the African Cup of Nations with his national team. Meanwhile, on the medical side, the casualties are: Robert Sánchez, Trevoh Chalobah, Reece James, Malo Gusto, Marc Cucurella, Lesley Ugochukwu, Roméo Lavia and Christopher Nkunku.
On Villa’s side, coach Unai Emery will not be able to count on striker Bertrand Traoré, who is with the Burkina Faso team at the African Cup of Nations. Defender Tyrone Mings, left-back Lucas Digne and midfielder Emiliano Buendía remain in the medical department.
Aston Villa come into the game after a goalless draw with Everton before the Premier League’s winter break. As a result, the team lost second place in the league and fell to fourth, with the same 43 points as Manchester City and Arsenal.
In the FA Cup, the team debuted by beating Middlesbrough, from the second division, 1-0. The goal was scored by right-back Matty Cash in the 43rd minute of the second half.
Where to watch Chelsea vs Aston Villa
The match between Chelsea and Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge stadium starts at 4:45 pm, Brasília time, with live broadcast from Star+ (streaming).
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