Chelsea will be looking to clinch a place in the top four when they visit Villa Park to take on Aston Villa in the only Premier League game on Saturday.

Aston Villa v Chelsea

Where to Watch Live

Kick-off is set for 12.45pm BST, with Sky Sports 2, Sky Sports 2 HD, Sky Sports 3D, Sky Go and BBC Radio 5 Live providing live coverage in the UK. Watch highlights of the game on Match of the Day on BBC One and BBC One HD at 11pm BST.


Villa moved from the drop zone to 13th in the league table in a fortnight, thanks to two back-to-back wins over fellow relegation battlers Sunderland and Norwich City. Paul Lambert's side need just one more win to ensure survival, unless Wigan Athletic win both their remaining games; one away at Arsenal and the other against Villa themselves.

Meanwhile, the Blues, who will face Benfica in the Europa League final on Wednesday, are currently third in the Premier League, two points clear of Arsenal and three ahead of Tottenham Hotspur. Rafa Benitez's side are on a seven-match unbeaten run in all competitions and can effectively ensure a top four finish if they win at Villa Park today, thanks to their superior goal difference over Spurs.

The reverse fixture in December saw Chelsea hammering Villa 8-0, to inflict on the Villans their heaviest ever Premier League defeat. Incidentally, it was also the last time Blues striker Fernando Torres scored in the English top flight. Villa frontman Christian Benteke, on the other hand, has had no problem finding the back of net, scoring 13 league goals since that big defeat - more than any other Premier League player in 2013.

Form Guide

Aston Villa

  • Last Five Games (all competitions, most recent first): W W L D W
  • Last Match: Norwich City 1 - 2 Aston Villa


  • Last Five Games (all competitions, most recent first): D W W W W
  • Last Match: Chelsea 2 - 2 Tottenham Hotspur
Herd and Hazard might miss out

Team News

Aston Villa: Lambert has a new injury concern for this tie. Matt Lowton, who picked up a thigh injury against Norwich, will have a late fitness test to determine if he can make his 37th successive league start of the season. Meanwhile, Marc Albrighton, Chris Herd, Ciaran Clark (all leg), Richard Dunne (groin), Gary Gardner (knee) and Karim El Ahmadi (thigh) remain sidelined.

Probable Line-up: (4-3-3) Guzan; Lowton, Vlaar, Bennett, Baker; Westwood, Delph, Sylla; Weimann, Benteke, Agbonlahor

Chelsea: RyanBertrand and Oriol Romeu (both knee) are definite absentees for the Blues, while Eden Hazard (calf) and Victor Moses (leg) remain injury doubts. Benitez will make a few changes to the team that started against Spurs in midweek, in order to keep at least some of his key players fresh for the Europa League final. John Terry, Frank Lampard, Victor Moses and Demba Ba are all expected to come in to the XI, with Gary Cahill, Ramires, Hazard and Fernando Torres making way.

Probable Line-up: (4-2-3-1) Cech; Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole; Lampard, Luiz; Moses, Mata, Oscar; Ba