Chelsea vs Aston Villa: Match Preview, Injury News & Stats

Chelsea will hope to kick start their 2015/2016 season with a win at home against fellow struggler Aston Villa.

We take a look at the key elements that would play out in this game.

Chelsea

Considering the poor form of the blues this season, Jose Mourinho’s side will be looking to take all three points against Tim Sherwood’s side. Diego Costa’s return from suspension will boost a Chelsea side that is desperately in need of three points on Saturday.

Ruben Loftus cheek whom the is in line for his first premier league start this season as the blues try to find the right formula that will get them ticking again, the young midfielder is likely to come in for Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic. The west London side sits 16th on the table and 10 points behind table toppers Manchester City.

Aston Villa.

The Villians sits 18th on the table, 2 places behind their opponents but the visitors have Just 4points from 8 games this season.with their only win coming against newly promoted Bournmouth in the second game of the season.

Aston Villa was rejuvenated by Tim Sherwood last season after a poor start to the 2014-2015 season under former Manager Paul Lambert is currently struggling to repeat their end of season form that saw the claret and blue army escaped relegation.

Injury news.

Chelsea

The blues will be missing Serbia duo Branislav Ivanovic and Nemanja Matic while Thibaut Courtois still remains out Injured until the new year.

Aston Villa

Baker, Gardner, Okore and Robinson are all out of the game at Stamford bridge dur to injuries while Agbonlahor, Ilori, Clark and Traore are all doubts to feature against the current English champions and will face late fitness tests.

Stats

Aston Villa have won only one of their last six league games against the blues, losing 5 times to the West london club with the recent heavy defeat being the 8-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge in Dec 2013.

Since their first meeting in 1907, the two sides have met 150 times with the blues triumphing 59 times, drawing 34 times and Aston Villa winning 57 times.

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