LONDON (Sporting Alert) — Demba Ba returns to the starting line up for Chelsea for tonight’s English Premier League clash against Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge.

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Ba replaces Fernando Torres in the starting XI, as manager Jose Mourinho made two changes to the team that defeated Hull City in their opening game.

Torres is not included in the team at all, while Juan Mata comes into the side as a replacement for Kevin De Bruyne, who starts on the bench tonight.

Frank Lampard, Gary Cahill, Ramires, Eden Hazard and Oscar all start for the Blues who will go top with a win tonight.

Aston Villa, meanwhile is without Nathan Baker, who was injured in the 3-1 win over Arsenal.

Chelsea v Aston Villa

  • Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Cole, Ramires, Lampard, Oscar, Mata, Hazard, Ba
  • Subs: Mikel, Schurrle, De Bruyne, van Ginkel , Lukaku, Schwarzer, Azpilicueta
  • Aston Villa: Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Luna, El Ahmadi, Westwood, Delph, Weimann, Benteke, Agbonlahor
  • Subs: Bennett, Okore, Bacuna, Helenius, Steer, Sylla, Tonev
  • Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)

James Anderson is a major football contributor for SportingAlert. Covers events from the teams in London, including Chelsea and Arsenal.

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