Chelsea return to Premier League action on Saturday evening as they welcome Aston Villa to Stamford Bridge.
While the international break has taken over the last two weeks, the Blues certainly haven’t benefited from a rest with many of their stars jetting around the world to compete for their national teams in friendlies and World Cup qualifiers.
Following a 1-1 draw with Liverpool at the end of August, Thomas Tuchel’s side will be looking to get back to winning ways as they welcome Dean Smith’s side to West London.
For Villa, the focus will be on seeking a surprise win after their 1-1 draw with Brentford last time out.
talkSPORT will be at Stamford Bridge to bring you all the action.
Chelsea v Aston Villa: How to listen
This match will get under way at 5:30pm on Saturday, September 11.
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Chelsea v Aston Villa: Team news
Chelsea will be running the rule over several players ahead of Saturday’s match.
Romelu Lukaku is being assessed after picking up a minor knock while on international duty with Belgium.
N’Golo Kante is also a doubt after suffering a recurrence of his ankle injury while with France.
They’ll also be keeping an eye on Christian Pulisic and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, however it’s likely that the duo could be available to feature.
Aston Villa could welcome back a number of players such as John McGinn and Tyrone Mings while Morgan Sanson and Leon Bailey are both in contention to return at Stamford Bridge.
Emiliano Martinez and Emi Buendia are both set to miss out after turning out for Argentina recently.
Trezeguet and Keinan Davis are long-term absentees and could also miss out.
Chelsea v Aston Villa: Match facts
- Chelsea have lost just one of their last 16 home league games against Aston Villa (W11 D4), going down 3-1 in December 2011.
- Aston Villa won their last Premier League meeting with Chelsea, winning 2-1 on the final day of last season. They’ve not won consecutive league games against the Blues since October 1993 under Ron Atkinson.
- Since Thomas Tuchel’s first game in charge of Chelsea, only Manchester City (51) have won more Premier League points than the Blues (45 – W13 D6 L3). The Blues also have the meanest defence in that run (excluding the promoted sides) with just 14 goals conceded.
- Aston Villa won three of their six Premier League games in London last season (D1 L2), as many victories as they’d managed in their previous 29 top-flight games in the capital (W3 D4 L22).
- Chelsea have won 599 Premier League games (D274 L244) and would become the second team to reach 600 in the competition with victory here (Manchester United, 689).
- Only Manchester City (1.4) have a lower xG against figure than Aston Villa (2.3) in the Premier League this season, though that means the Villans have conceded around two goals more than would be expected based on the quality of chances they’ve faced.
- Two of Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel’s three Premier League defeats have been in home games, with the other coming away against Aston Villa. The last Chelsea boss to lose consecutive league games against the Villans was Bobby Campbell in 1990.
- Chelsea midfielder Jorginho has been pressured (closed down by an opposing player) more often than any other player in the Premier League this season (160), with a league-high 130 of these coming while he was in possession of the ball.
- Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku has scored in each of his last five Premier League appearances against Aston Villa, netting six goals in total in this run. The Belgian is looking for his first top-flight goal at Stamford Bridge, in what would be his 11th appearance at the ground in the competition.
- Danny Ings has been involved in eight goals in his last nine Premier League starts (6 goals, 2 assists), registering a goal involvement in all three of his appearances for Aston Villa so far (2 goals, 1 assist).