Diego Costa
Costa has scored just once this season but is fully fit to return against Aston Villa Getty Images

Chelsea take on Aston Villa in a weekend Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, 17 October.

Where to watch

Kick-off is set for 3pm BST. Catch the highlights of the match on Match of the Day on BBC One and BBC One HD at 10:30pm BST.


Chelsea are not enjoying a great run since the start of this season. The Blues are without a win in their last three matches played in all competitions, which include defeats against FC Porto and Southampton. The last fixture before the international break saw Jose Mourinho's side give away the lead and lose 3-1 to Southampton at Stamford Bridge. The defending champions will be hoping to bounce back when they face Villa on Saturday.

Aston Villa's Jack Grealish
Jack Grealish will be a key player for Aston Villa against Chelsea Reuters

Tim Sherwood's side are also not having a great run in the league as they are without a win since their opening day victory over Premier League newcomers AFC Bournemouth. Chelsea have struggled against the smaller teams and Villa would be hoping they could end their disappointing run when they face the Blues. A victory will be vital for their morale for the upcoming fixtures.

What Managers Say

Tim Sherwood: "Nine months ago they were screaming him out of town at Newcastle and if you asked anyone now who's the favourite to be the next England manager when Roy's had enough, it would be Alan Pardew and quite rightly so."

Betting Odds (888Sport.com)

  • Chelsea to win: 10/29
  • Draw: 22/5
  • Aston Villa to win: 39/4

Team Form

Tim Sherwood
Sherwood hoping to address the problems in his side before the visit to Chelsea Getty


  • Last five (all competitions): L L D W W
  • Last result: Chelsea 1-3 Southampton

Aston Villa

  • Last five (all competitions): L L W L L
  • Last result: Aston Villa 0-1 Stoke City

Team News


  • Injured: Branislav Ivanovic
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Possible XI: Begovic; Azpilicueta, Terry, Cahill, Zouma; Matic, Fabregas; Hazard, Willian, Pedro; Costa

Aston Villa

  • Injured: Ciaran Clark, Jores Okore
  • Doubtful: Adama Traore, Gabby Agbonlahor, Tiago Ilori
  • Suspended: N/A

Possible XI: Guzan; Amavi, Lescott, Richards, Hutton; Gueye, Westwood, Veretout; Grealish, Gestede, Ayew