Aston Villa host Chelsea at Villa Park on Saturday (Watch live, 7:45 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra) with both teams playing for pride.
Villa is almost down and out, 12 points off safety and without a permanent manager as Remi Garde was fired last week. They look destined for relegation.
As for Chelsea, Guus Hiddink’s men haven’t lost since Jose Mourinho was fired and have dragged themselves into the top 10. However, after being knocked out of Europe and the cup competitions and the top four seemingly out of reach, it’s all about experimentation and planning for the future.
In team news Aston Villa are missing Gabriel Agbonlahor after he was banned following an incident in Dubai, while Chelsea hand a first-ever Premier League start to 20-year-old American defender Matt Miazga in central defense. Ruben Loftus-Cheek also starts, while Radamel Falcao, Pato and youngster Jake Clarke-Slater is on the bench.
Aston Villa: Guzan, Hutton, Richards, Lescott, Cissokho, Westwood, Gana, Gil, Sanchez, Ayew, Gestede. Subs: Okore, Bacuna, Sinclair, Veretout, Bunn, Lyden, Grealish