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Predicted Chelsea lineup for the away fixture against Aston Villa

Chelsea will hope to seal a spot in the top four, as they travel to Villa Park for their final league fixture of the season.

Chelsea returned to winning ways over the week, after securing a hard-fought victory over Leicester City in the Premier League. The Blues leapfrogged the Foxes to claim the third spot on the table and face Aston Villa in their final domestic outing of the season.

Thomas Tuchel has stated that he was ready to risk his first-team players for the clash against Aston Villa, despite the European Cup final against Manchester City, next weekend. Edouard Mendy is certain to start between the sticks for the Blues on Sunday. Cesar Azpilicueta and Antonio Rudiger will continue to start in the three-man defence for the visitors.Thiago Silva will be replaced by Andreas Christensen to complete the defence for the Blues.

Rudiger was impressive against Leicester City, as he opened the scoring for his side, and also put in a solid performance at the back. Reece James will start as the right-wing back, whereas, Ben Chilwell will continue to operate as the left wing-back. Thomas Tuchel is expected to stick with the 3-4-2-1 formation, which has worked wonders so far.

N’Golo Kante walked off the field against the Foxes, after a minor hamstring problem. The German manager has still not ruled out the possibility of the Frenchman starting on Sunday, but with Mateo Kovacic back in the squad, he is likely to get a start.

Kovacic and Jorginho will anchor the midfield for the visitors. The latter scored a vital penalty over the midweek against Leicester and has been an integral part of the team in the past month. Mason Mount will hold his place in the starting line-up and will start as the left winger. The Englishman was one of the most influential players on the pitch

Hakim Ziyech was an unused substitute against the Foxes but might play a part in the starting lineup against Aston Villa. The former Ajax Amsterdam midfielder will start as the right winger, besides Mason Mount.

Kai Havertz is available for selection on Sunday, after recovering from an injury. However, Timo Werner is expected to be given the nod over his German teammate for a place in the starting lineup. The former RB Leipzig striker will lead the lines for the Blues for a final time in the league this season.