If Chelsea's 1-0 victory over Bolton was tense, Carlo Ancelotti should be confident now of seeing his team achieve more authority as they try to reinvigorate their defence of the title. Aston Villa, after all, share with Blackburn the worst defensive record in the Premier League for away matches. Any vague hope would lie in the belief that the visitors, a point above the relegation places, must rally, but the team is vulnerable and the 4-0 loss at Manchester City did not suggest Gérard Houllier is close to a solution to the team's problems.
Possible starting XIs:
Cech - Bosingwa, Bruma, Terry, A Cole - Essien, Ramires, Lampard - Anelka, Malouda - Drogba
Friedel - Lichaj, Cuellar, Collins, Warnock - Albrighton, S Petrov, Reo Coker, Downing - A Young - Heskey