Predicted Aston Villa line-up to play Chelsea: Two changes from Black

Here is how we predict Aston Villa and Chelsea will line up this weekend:

To be played on Saturday 2nd April 2016 at 11:45. Venue: Villa Park, Birmingham

Odds: Aston Villa 5/1, Draw 10/3, Chelsea 1/2

Aston Villa welcome Chelsea to Villa Park on Saturday as the Premier League returns following the latest international break.

There is rarely a quiet day at Villa right now and Tuesday was no exception, with manager Remi Garde leaving by mutual consent and Eric Black taking temporary charge.

Garde only replaced Tim Sherwood in November and yet just 147 days later he is gone, with Villa almost certain to slip into the Championship come May.

Villa are currently bottom of the league with just 16 points from 31 matches, and with 12 points separating them from safety their fans are resigned to the inevitable.

As for Chelsea, they are 10th in the league having turned a big corner since Guus Hiddink replaced Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge.

In early team news, Villa are without Jordan Amavi, Libor Kozak and Adama Traore, while Jack Grealish is lacking match fitness.

Chelsea cannot call on Kurt Zouma, Radamel Falcao, Eden Hazard or Diego Costa so with that in mind here is how we expect them to line up on Saturday:

Aston Villa predicted lineup

  • Brad Guzan
  • Aly Cissokho
  • Ciaran Clark
  • Alan Hutton
  • Jores Okore
  • Carles Gil
  • Idrissa Gueye
  • Carlos Sánchez
  • Jordan Veretout
  • Rudy Gestede
  • Jordan Ayew

Chelsea predicted lineup

  • Thibaut Courtois
  • César Azpilicueta
  • Gary Cahill
  • Branislav Ivanovic
  • John Terry
  • Cesc Fàbregas
  • John Obi Mikel
  • Oscar
  • Willian
  • Kenedy
  • Loïc Remy

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