For the home side, who have drawn their last three games, Andre Villas-Boas will have the same decision of who will spearhead the Blues attack, with Didier Drogba likely to regain his starting place after Fernando Torres's ineffectual display against Fulham last time out.
Neutrals will be hoping for a repeat of last season's six-goal meeting between these two sides at Stamford Bridge, which was incidentally their first game of the calendar year, and ended 3-3 thanks to three goals in the last six minutes.
Chelsea: Cech; Bosingwa, Luiz, Terry, Cole; Romeu, Lampard, Meireles, Mata; Sturridge, Drogba
Villa: Guzan; Hutton, Dunne, Collins, Warnock; Albrighton, Petrov, Cuellar, N'Zogbia; Agbonlahor, Bent
Sports Mole says: 2-0