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Blues' pair Torres and Lampard are dropped following the 1-1 draw with Fulham on Boxing Day, while Darren Bent makes the Villa bench for the trip to London

Didier Drogba starts for Chelsea as Fernando Torres and Frank Lampard are dropped to the bench for the clash against Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge.

In a straight swap at right back, Paulo Ferreira replaces Jose Bosingwa, who is suffering from a hamstring injury, in the only other change from Andre Villas-Boas.

Darren Bent, who missed Villa's 0-0 draw with Stoke City on Boxing Day could make a return as he is on the bench. In the other changes, Alex Mcleish is without Emile Heskey so Stephen Ireland will start.

Chelsea starting XI:
Cech; Ferreira, Luiz, Terry, Cole; Ramires, Romeu, Meireles; Sturridge, Drogba, Mata.

Subs: Turnbull, Bosingwa, Lampard, Hutchinson, Malouda, Kalou, Torres.

Aston Villa starting XI: Guzan; Cuellar, Collins, Dunne, Warnock; Petrov, Clark; N’Zogbia, Albrighton, Ireland; Agbonlahor.

Subs: Marshall, Bannan, Hutton, Weimann, Gardner, Delfouneso, Bent.


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