The clear out at Aston Villa begins in earnest as the club overhaul the structure that has led them to the foot of the Premier League and all but certain to face relegation.
Manager Remi Garde was axed over the international break and the Frenchman wasn’t the only familiar face to feel Villa’s wrath.
Club stalwart Gabriel Agbonlahor has been left out of today’s squad to play Chelsea as an investigation is launched into his conduct while on holiday in Dubai.
Good news has been hard to come by for both of the sides this season, though acting home boss Eric Black can call on Jack Grealish, on the bech today, for the first time in months. Yippee.
For the visiting Blues, villainous forward Diego Costa has had another game added on to his violent conduct ban, so Loic Remy leads the line.
There’s a shocking debut for the visitors today but it STILL isn’t Alexandre Pato.
Neither John Terry or Gary Cahill have travelled, so American defender Matt Miazga starts for the first time since his move from the MLS.
A defeat for Villa today would equal a frankly dismal club record of 10 home defeats in a single season and their SEVENTH loss on the bounce.
Despite seeing their season all but end before the international break, Chelsea are yet to lose under the stewardship of Guus Hiddink in the 14 games he has been in charge.
So, without much further ado, here are today’s clash at Villa Park.
— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) April 2, 2016
Chelsea team v Aston Villa: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Ivanovic (c), Miazga, Baba; Mikel, Fabregas; Pedro, Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy; Remy. #CFC
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) April 2, 2016