CHELSEA VS ASTON VILLA
BEGOVIC, IVANOVIC, CAHILL, TERRY, AZPILICUETA, RAMIRES, FABREGAS, WILLIAN, OSCAR, HAZARD, COSTA
AMAVI, GUEYE, WESTWOOD, VERETOUT, HUTTON, LESCOTT, RICHARDS, CRESPO,
Chelsea lost their last game at Stamford Bridge, beaten 3-1 by Southampton, and now face Aston Villa attempting to win for only the third time in nine games in the Barclays Premier League.
The Blues have conceded at least two goals in seven of their eight Premier League games this season. And Chelsea have conceded seven goals in their last four home league games, as many as they had in their previous 17 at Stamford Bridge.
And the eight points they have is their lowest total after eight games in a top-flight season since the 1978-79 campaign, when they had just four. Chelsea were relegated that season.
Manager JosÈ Mourinho has insisted he will not resign, but his Villa counterpart, Tim Sherwood, is said to be under pressure and unless results improve in this game and the next, against Swansea, he could lose his job.
Less than five months after leading Villa to the FA Cup final, Sherwood has lost six of his last seven Premier League and taken just one point from a possible 21. Former Spurs boss Sherwood has now lost 19 Premier League games, as many as he has won.