Chelsea vs. Aston Villa – PREVIEW

Chelsea vs. Aston Villa – PREVIEW

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Chelsea will look to get back to winning ways as they return from the international break as they face Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge (15:00 GMT KO).

The Blues will see this game against struggling Villa as the perfect opportunity to reverse their poor fortune this season – they have won only two of their eight league games this season and currently sit 16th in the table.

Tim Sherwood’s side are also struggling this season. The Villains currently sit in the relegation zone, with just four points, but bizarrely are only two places behind Chelsea. The Midlanders haven’t won since the opening day, where they beat Premier League newcomers Bournemouth, and have lost their last four. Their only other point came in a 2-2 home draw with Sunderland.

Jose Mourinho’s side saw opposing fortunes with tomorrow’s opponents last season, winning the home game 3-0 thanks to goals from Oscar, Diego Costa and Willian, but losing the away game 0-1 and having Willian and Ramires both sent off. Mourinho was also sent to the stands.

 

Last six games:

Chelsea: LWWWDL (includes two Champions League games and one League Cup game)

Southampton: LWDLWW (includes one Europa League game and one League Cup game)

 

Team News:

– Chelsea forward Diego Costa is available once again after completing his three match ban for violent conduct.

– Branislav Ivanovic is out after picking up a hamstring strain in Serbia’s European Qualifier against Albania.

– Thibaut Courtois is still out, but Mourinho has no other injury concerns.

– Gabby Abonglahor and Ciaran Clark are both out for the visitors.

– Jores Okore is also out after knee surgery.

– Adama Traore is fit enough to return, whilst Carlos Sanchez is to be assessed before the game.

 

Statistics:

– Chelsea have lost only one of their last 13 home meetings with Villa.

– Villa have let in 30 goals in their last eight visits to Stamford Bridge.

– Mourinho has never lost consecutive home league games as Chelsea boss.

– Should the Blues lose, however, it will be the first time they have lost consecutive home league games in nearly four years.

– Villa have suffered 17 Premier League defeats in 2015, more than any other club.

– The Villains have also made their joint-worst start to a Premier League season, with four points from their opening eight games.

 

Starting XI last time out in the Premier League:

Chelsea (home vs. Southampton, lost 1-3): Begovic, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Ramires, Fàbregas, Willian, Oscar, Hazard, Falcao. 

Aston Villa (home vs. Stoke, lost 0-1): Guzan, Crespo, Richards, Lescott, Hutton, Veretout, Westwood, Gueye, Amavi, Sinclair, Gestede.