Match Preview: Aston Villa vs Chelsea

With the aim of remaining in the driving seat for fourth place, Chelsea travel to relegation-threatened Villa hoping to restart their Premier League campaign on a good note.

The Villains faced Sheffield at home three days ago and were lucky to come away with a point after a goal-line technology blunder denied the Blades an obvious goal.

On the other hand, Chelsea ended their preparations for the restart on a high as they thrashed QPR 7-1.

There is currently an air of excitement at Stamford Bridge due to the confirmed transfer of Timo Werner.

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The Blues will look to keep the positivity going on with three points at Villa Park.

In terms of players availability, Villa will be without Tom Heaton and Wesley for the game. For the first time in a long time, Chelsea have no fresh injury concerns. Ruben Loftus-Cheek is back in the first-team picture for the first time in over a year.

However, Jorginho is ineligible for selection after picking up 10 yellow cards.

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If previous meetings are anything to go by, the Blues could well be looking at another happy trip to the Midlands.

They have won four of their last five at Villa Park and five out of the last six overall. Notwithstanding, Chelsea should expect a stern test as Villa battle for their Premier League survival.

Aston Villa team prediction: Nyland; Targett, Mings, Hause, Konsa; Nakamba, McGinn, Luiz; Grealish, Davis, El Ghazi

Chelsea team prediction: Kepa; James, Zouma, Rudiger, Azpilicueta; Kante, Kovacic, Mount, Pulisic, Willian; Abraham

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