Chelsea host Aston Villa on Wednesday, this game has been moved forward due to Chelsea’s game in the Uefa Super Cup against Champion League winners Bayern Munich. Nevertheless, both teams won their opening games, Villa beat Arsenal 3-1 and Chelsea overcame promoted Hull City at Stamford Bridge.
Last season, Aston Villa got hammered 8-0, the goal for today is to ensure that Aston Villa don’t lose by such a goal margin. But with an massively improved Aston Villa side, a similar score line is very unlikely. The defence has been strengthened with the signing of Luna and the attack force of Agbonlahor, Weimann and Benteke have become one of the best counter-attacking trio in the Premier League. Chelsea on the other hand are chasing the Premier League title in what could be the most competitive and unpredictable Premier League to date.
Chelsea are without key defender David Luiz who is still carrying a hamstring injury. It’s expected that Mourinho will make a host of changes following the 2-0 victory over Hull. The likes of Lukaku, Mata and Schrulle may feature.
Aston Villa will be without Nathan Baker who obtained a ankle injury against Arsenal, this means Ciaran Clark will most likely fill in. But, midfielder Sylla is available for selection. Chris Herd is still out injured.
Chelsea have won each of their last three Barclays Premier League clashes with Aston Villa, scoring 14 goals.
Chelsea’s all-time leading scorer Frank Lampard has scored 13 times against Aston Villa in the Barclays Premier League; more than against any other side.
Jose Mourinho has won none of his last four Premier League matches against Aston Villa (D3 L1).
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