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When is Chelsea vs Aston Villa taking place? Chelsea vs Aston Villa will take place on Saturday 11th September, 2021 at 17:30 (UK)

Where is Chelsea vs Aston Villa taking place? Chelsea vs Aston Villa will take place at Stamford Bridge in London

Where can I get tickets for Chelsea vs Aston Villa? Ticket information for Chelsea vs Aston Villa can be found on each club’s official website

What TV channel is Chelsea vs Aston Villa on in the UK? Chelsea vs Aston Villa will be televised live on Sky Sports

Where can I stream Chelsea vs Aston Villa in the UKSky Sports subscribers can stream Chelsea vs Aston Villa live via Sky Go

THE LOWDOWN

CHELSEA

  • Chelsea are renowned for their defensive steel under head coach Thomas Tuchel, which came to the fore last time out as they held out for a 1-1 draw against Liverpool despite playing the majority of the match with ten-men after Reece James was sent off for a handball on the goal line, that led to the Reds drawing level from the penalty spot.
  • Right-back James will miss out here through suspension, which could lead to another starting birth for Trevor Chalobah at Stamford Bridge, whilst midfielders N’Golo Kante and Kai Havertz are likely not to feature through injury and illness respectively, with Tuchel also waiting for news on Romelu Lukaku as the striker awaits the results of a scan undergone in Belgium regarding a groin problem.

ASTON VILLA

  • Aston Villa have had a mixed start to this season’s Premier League, with one loss, one win and one draw to their name, although a trip to Stamford Bridge represents a daunting prospect, particularly without the services of their first-choice keeper.
  • Jed Steer is expected to feature in goal for Dean Smith’s side, as Argentinian Emiliano Martinez is isolating following his trip to Brazil and he alongside international teammate Emiliano Buendia are unavailable for this game with centre-back Ezri Konsa and winger Leon Bailey both doubtful.

THE TEAM NEWS

CHELSEA

PREDICTED XI (3-4-2-1): Mendy; Chalobah, Christensen, Rudiger; Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso; Mount, Ziyech; Lukaku

UNAVAILABLE: James (Suspended), Thiago Silva (FIFA Regulations)

QUESTIONABLE: Havertz (Injured), Kante (Injured), Lukaku (Injured)

ASTON VILLA

PREDICTED XI (4-2-3-1): Steer; Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett; Douglas Luiz, McGinn; El Ghazi, Young, Watkins; Ings

UNAVAILABLE: Buendia (Isolating), Davis (Injured), Martinez (Isolating), Trezeguet (Injured)

QUESTIONABLE: Bailey (Injured), Konsa (Injured), Sanson (Fitness), Traore (Injured)

THE PREDICTION

European champions Chelsea have shown in their opening three league games this season that they are serious contenders for the 2021-22 Premier League title, with the signing of Lukaku the missing piece of the puzzle. The Blues have so far combined defensive stability with attacking potency to good effect and even if Lukaku’s groin problem sees him miss out against Aston Villa, Chelsea have more than enough class going forward particularly within their midfield to see off the visitors, who are expected to miss first-choice keeper Martinez badly in this one.

Tip: CHELSEA TO WIN

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