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Official Chelsea vs Aston Villa Team News: Hazard, Oscar dropped while Costa returns

Time has come for Jose Mourinho to prove his Special One tag as the Blues have struggled so far this season. Lying at 16th in the table isn’t something we associate with Chelsea and tonight’s team selected by Mourinho will have one agenda in their mind – get a win at all cost. Ahead of the kick-off at Stamford Bridge, we bring you the official Chelsea vs Aston Villa team news which sees Diego Costa return to the lineup.

Chelsea starting XI vs Aston Villa – Begovic; Baba, Terry (c), Zouma, Azpilicueta; Loftus-Cheek, Ramires; Wilian, Fabregas, Pedro; Diego Costa
Subs – Blackman, Cahill, Matic, Mikel, Oscar, Hazard, Remy

Mourinho has opted to go with Baba rahman for the right-back role in Ivanovic’s absence. Moving forward, three forward line players tonight are Pedro, Wilian and Fabregas with Ruben Loftus-cheek and Ramires playing central midfield. Eden Hazard and Oscar have been benched keeping Champions League game midweek in mind.

Aston Villa starting XI vs Chelsea – Guzan, Hutton, Richards, Lescott, Richardson, Gil, Gana, Westwood, Ayew, Grealish, Gestede
Subs – Burn, Bacuna, Sinclair, Traore, Amavi, Sanchez, Crespo

Tim Sherwood is under immense pressure to deliver results for Aston Villa as the Villains are in relegation zone. Villa’s key men Grealish and Gestede start the game hoping to get a win for their side.

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