Chelsea will host Aston Villa at the Stamford Bridge for their fourth match of the new Premier League season. The Chelsea vs Aston Villa match starts at 5:30 pm.
Chelsea team news
Chelsea will be without Pulisic who is injured again and is expected to stay on the sideline for the next 10 days. Ngolo Kante is also injured. Reece James will be unavailable due to his red card against Liverpool.
Thiago Silva is likely to be also unavailable due to FIFA’s 5-day international ban. This is because he did not team up with his Brazilian national team during the international break forcing Brazil FA to trigger this ruling.
Saul is likely to start for Chelsea. The 26-year old Spanish midfielder arrived at Chelsea from Atletico Madrid in a loan deal during the summer transfer. He will provide more depth to a Chelsea midfield that is lightweight after the international break exhaustion.
Aston Villa news
Aston Villa will be without their goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez and playmaker, Emiliano Buendia. Both Argentine players are going to be quarantined after international duty with their country.
Bertrand Traore has returned to training after his injury but will likely miss the game. Leon Bailey, Ezri Konsa, Jacob Ramsey, and John McGinn are available for this match.
Chelsea vs Aston Villa Key Stats
Dean Smith’s Aston Villa has four points in three games this season. Danny Ings has two goals and an assist.
In the last meeting between the two teams in last season’s final game, Aston Villa defeated Chelsea 2-1 with former Chelsea player Bertrand Traore and El Ghazi scoring.
Chelsea has not lost two games in a row against Aston Villa. In 28 games against Aston Villa, Chelsea have recorded 16 wins, 7 draws, and 5 losses
Thomas Tuchel has lost only three Premier League games and two of them have been at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea however boasts the best defence conceding only 14 goals since his arrival.
Player to Watch out for
Romelu Lukaku will be aiming to continue his spectacular start to the season for both club and country. He has already opened his Chelsea account on his second debut for the club against Arsenal. He is a man with a point to prove after securing a big-money return to his old club, Chelsea.
During the international break, he scored three goals in four matches and he is the highest goal scorer for Belgium National team with 67 goals.
Lukaku has also found the net in his last five games against Aston Villa
Danny Ings has also been impressive for Aston Villa since his shrewd £30 million transfer from Southampton. He has six goals in his last eight games in the Premier League.
Verdict: Chelsea is motivated this season. They are yet to lose a single game. After winning the Champions League last season, they have added the UEFA Super Cup with the victory over Villareal. They look set to challenge for the Premier League this season.
Aston Villa presents a pretty challenging opponent for Chelsea but the Blues will likely come out as winners.