The two sides met in the Premier League earlier this month, with the summer signing of Romelu Lukaku, putting on a masterful performance as the Blues lost 3-0 at the end of a much more even game than the suggests the score.
Lukaku’s arrival has only raised expectations at Stamford Bridge and Tuchel’s side have continued their momentum since winning the Champions League at the end of last season in the new campaign.
Villa, meanwhile, took the time to step up a gear after a significant change in his squad following the sale of Jack Grealish, but bombarded Leicester City with three second-half goals in a impressive demonstration on Saturday.
Kick-off date, time and location
Chelsea vs Aston Villa is scheduled to kick off at 7.45 p.m. BST on Wednesday 22 September 2021.
Where to watch Chelsea vs Aston Villa
The game will not be televised live in the UK.
Chelsea vs Aston Villa team news
Thomas Tuchel is fortunate to have perhaps the strongest team in the Premier League and a strong 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 enter the side. Edouard Mendy and Christian Pulisic remain in doubt after missing the victory against Tottenham on Sunday.
Dean Smith could give Emi Buendia a start after the Argentine started on the bench against Leicester following his late return from international duties.
Prediction Chelsea vs Aston Villa
Thomas Tuchel could well make 11 changes to his squad and still boast a scary XI, which means Villa faces a tough task no matter how much the German places this competition.
History and results of face to face (h2h)
- Chelsea win: 65
- Prints: 35
- Villa Aston: 58
Betting odds and tips
- Chelsea to win: 2/5
- Draw: 18/5
- Aston Villa to win: 13/2