Welcome to our live blog of Chelsea against Aston Villa in the Premier League.
The Blues have lost three out of their last four games, while Aston Villa are unbeaten in their last four, meaning the three points tonight are well and truly up for grabs.
Three weeks ago, Chelsea were keeping pace with Liverpool at the top of the Premier League table, but defeats to Everton, Wolves and Arsenal mean the Blues are now in eighth place, seven points off the top.
Aston Villa meanwhile find themselves one place above the Blues in seventh, but have two games in hand on tonight’s hosts.
A win tonight for either side would take them into the top four for the time being.
The Villans are yet to lose in December and have racked up impressive wins against Wolves, West From and Crystal Palace in the process.
Timo Werner was hooked by at half time by Frank Lampard in the Boxing Day defeat to Arsenal, and could possibly be left out of Frank Lampard’s starting eleven this evening.
Chelsea are sweating on the fitness of Hakim Ziyech, while Olivier Giroud could return to the starting side after being an unused substitute last time out.
Meanwhile for the visitors Tyrone Mings is suspended after being sent off against Crystal Palace, and Ross Barkley is ineligible to face his parent club.
Kick off is at 5.30pm and team news is coming up in half an hour’s time.