Chelsea vs Aston Villa: Carabao Cup preview

The two sides met in the Premier League earlier this month, with summer signing Romelu Lukaku putting in a masterful display as the Blues ran out 3-0 winners at the end of a game that was far more even than the scoreline suggests.

Lukaku’s arrival has only elevated expectation at Stamford Bridge and Tuchel’s side have carried their momentum from the Champions League victory at the end of last season into the new campaign.

Villa, meanwhile, have taken time to click into gear after some significant turnover in their squad following the sale of Jack Grealish but blitzed Leicester City with three second-half goals in an impressive display on Saturday.

Date, kick-off time and venue

Chelsea vs Aston Villa is scheduled for a 7:45pm BST kick-off on Wednesday, September 22, 2021.

Where to watch Chelsea vs Aston Villa

The match will not be televised live in the UK.

Chelsea vs Aston Villa team news

Thomas Tuchel is blessed with perhaps the deepest squad in the Premier League and heavy rotation is expected.

Ben Chilwell will surely make his first start of the season, while Trevor Chalobah, Timo Werner and Saul Niguez are among others who could come into the side. Edouard Mendy and Christian Pulisic remain doubts after missing the win over Tottenham on Sunday.

Dean Smith could hand Emi Buendia a start after the Argentine started on the bench against Leicester following his belated return from international duty.

Chelsea vs Aston Villa prediction

Thomas Tuchel could well make 11 changes to his side and still boast a frighteningly good XI, meaning Villa face a daunting task regardless of how highly the German values this competition.

Head to head (h2h) history and results

  • Chelsea wins: 65
  • Draws: 35
  • Aston Villa: 58

Betting odds and tips

  • Chelsea to win: 2/5
  • Draw: 18/5
  • Aston Villa to win: 13/2
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