Following Boxing Day’s 3-1 defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, Chelsea will be desperate to get back to winning ways against Aston Villa on Monday evening.
After bringing an end to their two-game losing streak with a hard-fought 3-0 home triumph over West Ham United last Monday evening, the Blues were expected to travel across London and post another three-point haul against an Arsenal side who had failed to win any of their last seven league matches.
But goals from Alexandre Lacazette, Granit Xhaka and Bukayo Saka put the Blues to the sword, leaving Frank Lampard to reflect on a disappointing performance from his players, despite a late rally, which featured a third goal in his last two games from Tammy Abraham.
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Though Saturday’s result will have hurt Lampard, his players and the supporters, Chelsea will be grateful of the opportunity to quickly get themselves back on track against Villa, who will arrive in west London unbeaten in their last four matches without conceding a goal.
With the visit of Villa, who defeated Crystal Palace 3-0 on Boxing Day, acting as the Blues’ second match in the space of just 48 hours, Lampard is likely to rotate his pack, with the fixtures continuing to come thick and fast at this time of year.
Despite Villa arriving at Stamford Bridge with form in their sails, Lampard is certain to make changes to his starting line-up after he was left furious with his side’s performance against the Gunners.
Although the starting line-up will not be confirmed until an hour before kick-off, the Chelsea chief has already confirmed that Callum Hudson-Odoi will start against Dean Smith’s side.
Speaking to Chelsea’s Fifth Stand app, Lampard said: “Callum was fantastic with his energy. That’s what we needed and why he will play in the next game. If…