Chelsea line-up v Aston Villa: Key men to return for Mourinho?

first_imgGoalkeeperPetr Cech started in the Capital One Cup win against Bolton, so expect a refreshed Thibaut Courtois to return. Unfortunately for Cech, starting is the best way for Courtois to acclimatise to the Premier League and the Belgian isn’t doing much wrong.DefenceMourinho has made it clear the whole team has to improve, not just the defence, but it must irk him that opposition goals are eating into the impressive goal difference. John Terry, Gary Cahill, Branislav Ivanovic and Cesar Azpilicueta appear most likely to start after being rested, though there is Felipe Luis and Kurt Zouma waiting in the wings. No one is guaranteed a place.MidfieldChelsea lost some of their midfield beauty in the midweek win when Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic were left out. Oscar’s winner, his first goal of the season, saw off Bolton in the Capital One Cup, which may earn him a starting position, unlike Andre Schurrle who couldn’t convert his chances. Industrious Willian can then take one wing with Eden Hazard on the other to try to limit Villa’s possession.AttackDiego Costa is set to start after resting his healing hamstring this week and Mourinho admitted again his goal poacher isn’t physically ready for every game. The striker failed to score against City, the first time in five matches, and should be itching to find the back of the net again. All of this means that whatever happens, Didier Drogba or Loic Remy will probably start the Champions League game. Premier League leaders Chelsea host third-placed Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge as they try to get back to winning ways after the City draw.Villa effectively ended Chelsea’s title hopes last season following a 1-0 home win and have already beaten Liverpool by the same score at Anfield this season.“Difficult opponent, difficult game,” is all Blues manager Jose Mourinho said before the match and he also has their second Champions League group game at Sporting Lisbon to think about.There are no injury concerns except Ramires’ muscle problem.Possible Chelsea line up against Aston Villa: Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa will return for Chelsea 1 1last_img read more