Stakes are high, pressures are mounting. Blues boss Jose Mourinho have recognised that he needs his team back, up and running after a disappointing start to the season.
Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho has never lost back – to – back at home league matches as a Manager so the odds are just in his favour to get a win against the Villa side.
In the last eight meetings, Aston Villa has considered 30 goals at the Stamford Bridge and has never defeated the blues at home.
Fearsome Chelsea Striker Diego Costa returns to the team after three match suspension as a result of violence conduct in the match against Arsenal.
Tim Sherwood’s team has lost four matches consecutively in the league this season while Chelsea boast an impressive record of having scored in their last 23 home matches.
The reigning EPL champions needs all three points if they are to claw their way back to top half of the table. Notably, no team has finished in the top four with the same points Chelsea have after the same number of matches.
This could prove as a motivation for the team to silence critics. Senior players have backed Mourinho as the man to steer the team through this period.