Chelsea v Aston Villa: match preview

Chelsea v Aston Villa
Chelsea v Aston Villa: probable starters in bold, contenders in light Illustration: Guardian

Chelsea will expect to maintain their unbeaten start to the season when they host Aston Villa. Thomas Tuchel is without N’Golo Kanté and Christian Pulisic, but Saúl Ñíguez is in the squad after joining from Atlético Madrid and Romelu Lukaku has shaken off a minor thigh injury suffered on international duty. It will be tough for Aston Villa if Lukaku is in the mood on his home debut – especially as Emi Buendía and Emiliano Martínez are unavailable after going abroad to play for Argentina. Jacob Steinberg

Saturday 5.30pm Sky Sports Premier League

Venue Stamford Bridge

Last season Chelsea 1 Aston Villa 1

Referee Stuart Attwell

This season G2 Y6 R0 3 cards/game

Odds H 1-3 A 13-1 D 5-1

CHELSEA

Subs from Arrizabalaga, Bettinelli, Silva, Alonso, Sarr, Saúl, Barkley, Hudson-Odoi, Loftus-Cheek, Werner, Ziyech, Thiago

Doubtful None

Injured Kanté (ankle, 14 Sep), Pulisic (ankle, 19 Sep)

Suspended James (one match)

Discipline Y2 R1

Form WWD

Leading scorers Alonso, Chalobah, Havertz, James, Lukaku, Pulisic 1

ASTON VILLA

Subs from Sinisalo, Tuanzebe, Philogene-Bidace, Archer, Traoré, Ramsey, Sanson, Young, Hause, Nakamba

Doubtful Ramsey (match fitness), Sanson (knee)

Injured Trezeguet (knee, unknown), Davis (knee, unknown)

Unavailable Martínez, Buendía (both isolating)

Suspended None

Discipline Y7 R0

Form LWD

Leading scorer Ings 2


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