20th July 2019



17th October 2015

Chelsea entertain Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon looking to kick-start their stuttering campaign with a much-needed win.

Both sides head into this clash struggling near the foot of the Premier League, with the champions in an unfamiliar 16th position, while Tim Sherwood's men are below them in the relegation zone.

And the Blues - who welcome back striker Diego Costa from suspension - will be hoping to avoid back-to-back league defeats at home for the first time under boss Jose Mourinho following their 2-1 loss to Southampton last time out.
However, if Chelsea are to get back to winning ways, then they will need to tighten up at the back, with only relegation-threatened Sunderland having conceded more top-flight goals than Mourinho's side so far this season

The visitors arrive in the capital though on the back of four successive league defeats, all by a one-goal margin, while a fifth could see them propping up the table by the end of the weekend.

Chelsea will be without defender Branislav Ivanovic after the Serbia international injured his hamstring while away on international duty last week and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois remains sidelined with a knee problem.

Mourinho said he will consider Azpilicueta, Zouma, Ramires, or Ola Aina for a starting role as a consequence of this injury. He also added that Ruben Loftus-Cheek is ready to start this weekend.

Villa hope to have both Adama Traore and Gabriel Agbonlahor available again after ankle and calf injuries respectively.

However, this game has come too quickly for the likes of Ciaran Clark (thigh), Gary Gardner (foot) and Jores Okore (knee).

Elsewhere, Leicester can cause another small upset at better than 3s. Southampton are too short following their win at Chelsea.

West Ham have come in for support at Palace but they may find this s tough assignment and the value is with the home side who are odds against.

Joe Ross