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Aston Villa travel to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday.

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Kick-off is set for 3pm BST. There is no live TV or radio coverage. Catch the highlights on Match of the Day on BBC One and BBC One HD at 10:20pm BST.

Overview

League leaders Chelsea welcome Aston Villa to Stamford Bridge on Saturday. The Blues will be hoping to continue their unbeaten start to season.

Chelsea have gone five games without a loss (W4, D1) and the only points dropped was in last weekend's fixture against defending champions Manchester City. Apart from that, the Stamford Bridge outfit have been in imperious form.

Jose Mourinho's men come into this game on the back of a 2-1 win over championship side Bolton in the Capital One Cup. The Portuguese boss made nine changes to his team for the mid-week game and will be able to recall his first-team regulars for the visit of the Villans.

Premier League top scorer Diego Costa will be back in the starting line up despite struggling with a hamstring issue and apart from Ramires, who is doubtful, Mourinho has the full squad at his disposal.

Gabriel Agbonlahor
Gabriel AgbonlahorGetty

Meanwhile, Aston Villa come into this game following their first Premier League loss of the season. They lost 3-0 to Arsenal last Saturday. However, the Villa Park outfit were missing a lot of their regular players after a virus struck their training ground.

Paul Lambert will be hoping his players have sufficiently recovered from the illness and can get back to winning ways against the mighty Blues. The Villa players have had a full week of rest unlike their opponents as they did not have any League Cup commitments following their second round loss against Leyton Orient.

Ron Vlaar missed the last game owing to a calf problem, but should be back to face Chelsea at the weekend. Even star striker Cristian Benteke has returned to training following a long injury layoff, but will not feature at the weekend.

Stat of the Match: Aston Villa have lost their last five matches in all competitions against Chelsea.

Betting Odds (888Sport.com)

  • Chelsea to win: 3/14
  • Draw: 23/4
  • Aston Villa to win: 14

Chelsea

  • Injured: N/A
  • Doubtful: Ramires
  • Suspended: N/A

Possible XI: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Filipe Luis, Matic; Oscar, Fabregas, Hazard; Costa

Aston Villa

  • Injured: Benteke (Achilles), Kozak (Broken Leg)
  • Doubtful: Ron Vlaar (Calf)
  • Suspended: N/A

Possible XI: Guzan; Hutton, Clark, Baker, Cissokho; Westwood, Weimann, Cleverley, Delph, Richardson; Agbonlahor.