Aston Villa and Chelsea go head-to-head this weekend.
Aston Villa take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon and Tim Sherwood’s side will be desperate to heap the pressure on Blues boss Jose Mourinho.
That will be easier said than done considering Villa’s own struggles so far this season, but if Sherwood’s side wants to quickly climb away from the bottom three, what better time than directly after the latest international break?
Here we take a look at three Villa players who will be key if they are to overcome Chelsea:
With Diego Costa available following suspension, Villa’s defence will have to be at its best to keep the Spanish international at bay.
Micah Richards has impressed since signing for Villa on a free transfer but after shipping three goals against Liverpool, they will not want to be equally as fragile against the reigning champions.
With Chelsea’s central midfield partnership of Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas coming in for plenty of criticism, this could be the perfect time for summer signing Idrissa Gueye to show exactly how good he can be for Villa.
The success story of Villa’s summer business, Rudy Gestede has already proved to be a regular goal-threat and considering how shaky Chelsea’s defence has been this season the former Blackburn Rovers man will be relishing coming up against John Terry and company.
Expect plenty of balls into the box, with Gestede winning more than his fair share.