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Chelsea vs. Aston Villa: Lineups & Game Thread

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I bet y'all were expecting Lukaku...

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Something tells me this isn't going to be 8-0.  Or 7-0.  Or even six or five.  Four could be nice though, but in all honesty, with Villa buoyant after their tremendous win away to Arsenal, I'd take any sort of win for the Blues here.

Both teams' attacks are very good and especially scary on the counter.  We might be seeing a few bulges in ol' onion bag at both ends.  I do wonder what Tommy Smyth's up to nowadays...


Chelsea starting lineup (4-2-3-1):
Petr Cech | Ashley Cole, John Terry, Gary Cahill, Branislav Ivanovic | Frank Lampard, Ramires | Eden Hazard, Oscar, Juan Mata | Demba Ba

Substitutes from: Mark Schwarzer, Cesar Azpilicueta, John Obi Mikel, Marco van Ginkel, Kevin De Bruyne, Andre Schürrle, Romelu Lukaku

Aston Villa starting lineup (4-3-3):
Brad Guzan | Antonio Luna, Ciaran Clark, Ron Vlaar, Matthew Lowton | Fabian Delph, Ashley Westwood, Karim El Ahmadi | Andi Weimann, Christian Benteke, Gabby Agbonlahor

Substitutes from: Jed Steer, Joe Bennett, Jores Okore, Leandro Bacuna, Nicklas Helenius, Yacouba Sylla, Aleksandar Tonev


Just two changes from the weekend, so here then is a wonderful chance to keep the confidence going and put early pressure on all our rivals.

Do it.