Aston Villa v Chelsea: Predicted lineups
Aston Villa v Chelsea: Projected lineup as Blues look to solidify top spot
The home side have only taken seven points from their last 18 available and will hope to find a way to avoid dropping another three points at home.
While Paul Lambert has steered his side to what looks to be a relatively safe mid-table position, the Villans will be looking to make sure they secure their place without being drawn into a late relegation battle due to a few poor results in a row.
Chelsea will continue to be without both Ashley Cole and David Luiz, while Fernando Torres is doubtful once more and Demba Ba's form as of late will see him competing for a place in the first team with Samuel Eto'o.
Jose Mourinho knows that his side cannot afford to look back now with Manchester City holding three games in hand over the Blues and looking to find their way back into the title fight as soon as possible.
Villa XI: Guzan: Bacuna, Vlaar, Baker, Bennett; Ahmadi, Westwood, Delph; Weimann, Benteke, Agbonlahor.
Chelsea XI: Cech: Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Ramires, Matic, Lampard; Hazard, Eto'o, Schurrle.