Chelsea predicted XI vs. Aston Villa

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will leave it late before deciding if Fernando Torres is fit to face Aston Villa tomorrow afternoon, with the Spanish striker still nursing the groin problem which forced him out of last weekend's 4-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur.

Defensive duo David Luiz and Ashley Cole will definitely not make the trip to the Midlands, with Cesar Azpilicueta to keep his place at left-back as a result of the latter.

Mourinho has a decision to make over whether to recall Oscar from the start against Villa, after the Brazilian playmaker helped inspire a second-half demolition job on Spurs last Saturday.

Oscar will hope to take an advanced central role in place of either Ramires or Frank Lampard tomorrow, although Lampard has a remarkable record against Villa, scoring against them more than any other side in the Premier League with 13 goals.

Nemanja Matic will continue in a withdrawn midfield role to provide strong protection for John Terry and Gary Cahill, as Chelsea bid to stop Villa recording back-to-back Premier League home wins for the first time since 2011.

Willian is also hopeful of taking Andre Schurrle's place at Villa Park, while Demba Ba's brace against Spurs from the bench is unlikely to dislodge leading striker Samuel Eto'o from the starting XI.

Chelsea predicted starting XI to face Aston Villa: Cech, Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Matic, Lampard, Schurrle, Oscar, Hazard, Eto'o

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