Chelsea return to Premier League action this afternoon with a trip to face under-fire Aston Villa.
Dean Smith’s side escaped with a draw against Sheffield United in their opening fixture on Wednesday after a goalline technology error saved the blushes of goalkeeper Ørjan Nyland.
Villa played their game in hand on Wednesday night as top-flight action finally recommenced.
Villa to win – 11/2
Draw – 10/3
Chelsea to win – 1/2
Both teams to score – 7/10
Dean Smith’s men, who are 19th in the table, were very lucky to snatch a point against Sheffield United after goalkeeper Orjan Nyland carried a free-kick over his line but went unpunished.
Chelsea will be without Callum Hudson-Odoi and Fikayo Timori, who miss out through injury.
Jorginho is suspended and has one more match ban to serve.
They now host a Chelsea side who have been impressive under Frank Lampard this season and remain eager to secure a Champions League finish.
Wesley and Tom Heaton are still out for Villa, who drew a blank against Sheff Utd but did hold on for a point.
John McGinn made his return from a long lay-off in that match and will be monitored with such a busy schedule ahead.
Frank Lampard will be hoping the signing of prolific striker Timo Werner for £47.5m will galvanise his team, who still face a tense race to secure an all-important Champions League place for next season.
The Blues’ fate lies in their own hands, having played one game less than rivals Manchester United, but come up against a Villa side desperate for points.
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Chelsea XI: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Rudiger, Alonso; Loftus-Cheek, Kovacic, Mount; Willian, Abraham, Pulisic.
Aston Villa XI: Nyland; Guilbert, Hause, Mings, Targett; McGinn, Douglas Luiz, Hourihane; El Ghazi, Samatta, Grealish.