Chelsea will be aiming to get their ailing season back on track when they play host to Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men have taken just five points from their quintet of opening matches this term, and their only victory remains a 3-0 win over newly-promoted Luton Town.
The Blues’ most recent outing came against Bournemouth last Sunday,
With the two teams playing out a tetchy 0-0 stalemate on the south coast.
By contrast, Aston Villa have won three of their first five outings, and are sitting pretty in seventh having taken nine points from a possible 15.
Unai Emery’s side left it late to see off Crystal Palace last time out, equalising in the 87th minute before relying on a pair of strikes deep into stoppage time to wrap up a 3-1 win.
Chelsea’s team news
It’s been a rough start to the campaign for Chelsea as far as injuries are concerned, with a number of summer signings and influential presences missing out on regular game time.
Looking ahead to Sunday’s clash at Stamford Bridge,
Pochettino should be able to welcome Noni Madueke and Marc Cucurella back into the fold
After the duo recovered from a muscular complaint and illness respectively to train fully at Cobham.
Meanwhile, British record signing Moises Caicedo will be assessed ahead of the weekend,
With uncertainty surrounding his condition following a thigh injury sustained on international duty with Ecuador.
The midfielder has trained since then, but rested against Bournemouth,
He was absent from first team training earlier in the week.
Elsewhere, Carney Chukwuemeka is still sidelined with a knee issue that could rule him out for the next few weeks,
While Romeo Lavia’s ankle complaint will keep him out of action until October. Reece James will also be absent until later next month.
Full Chelsea Predicted XI
Robert Sanchez; Malo Gusto, Axel Disasi, Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell; Enzo Fernandez, Moises Caicedo, Conor Gallagher; Raheem Sterling, Nicolas Jackson, Noni Madueke.