On Saturday Chelsea host Aston Villa (Watch live online, 10 a.m. ET via Live Extra) as the Blues look to extend their lead at the top of the standings.
Villa are currently in third spot after an impressive start to the season, but a combination of poor defending, Arsenal’s good play and a sickness bug sweeping through the squad saw Paul Lambert’s men lose 3-0 to the Gunners last time out. Last season Chelsea crucially lost to Aston Villa at Villa Park late in the season as they chased the title, while the Blues struggled against Brad Guzan’s side at Stamford Bridge in a labored 2-1 win.
Last week Jose Mourinho’s men drew 1-1 away at Man City and looked to have won the game before Chelsea legend Frank Lampard popped up to score against his old club and bag City a point. Chelsea have won four from five games so far and are looking extremely good going forward.
In team news Chelsea start with Diego Costa after he recovered from his hamstring injury, while Nathan Baker is in for Ciaran Clark and Ashley Westwood replaces Carlos Sanchez for Aston Villa.
Chelsea: Courtois, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Matic, Fabregas. Willian, Oscar, Hazard, Diego Costa.
Aston Villa: Guzan, Hutton, Cissokho, Baker, Senderos, Westwood, Delph, Richardson, Cleverley, Weimann, Agbonlahor