Chelsea vs Aston VillaEFL Cup, KO: 19:45 Sep 22, 2021, Stamford Bridge
Chelsea’s early season form has been impressive as they head into the Carabao Cup to face Aston Villa in a third round as firm favourites. The Blues have already won this fixture in the Premier League this season and should once again have too much quality for Villa.
Chelsea drew a bye in the previous rounds of the Carabao Cup and are set to make their first appearance in the competition. They head into Wednesday’s clash off the back of a 3-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Sunday.
It has been a solid start to the campaign for Chelsea, who are unbeaten in all competitions this season. Thomas Tuchel's men have picked up five wins and a draw from their six matches this term.
Romelu Lukaku has earned a lot of praise for his solid perfomances this season, but Chelsea’s impressive form has been driven by a stern backline. They have conceded just one goal in all competitions this season, keeping five clean sheets in six matches.
Aston Villa overcame English League Two side Barrow 6-0 to book their place in the third round of the Carabao Cup. They travel to Chelsea off the back of a 3-0 Premier League victory over Everton on Saturday.
Villa’s erratic form has seen them suffer a 3-2 defeat to newly promoted Watford this season while they were also beaten 3-0 on their last visit to Stamford Bridge.
The visitors have also poor in attack, with a number of forward players still struggling to find their feet. Danny Ings has found the net just twice this season while Ollie Watkins is still seeking his first goal of the campaign.
How the bookies view it
Recent head to head
Chelsea have the upper hand in this fixture and are unbeaten in eight of their last nine matches against Aston Villa. The Blues claimed a 3-0 victory when both teams met at Stamford Bridge earlier this season in the Premier League.
Players to watch
Chelsea have been impressive at the back this season with five clean sheets in six matches across all competitions. Antonio Rudiger, Thiago Silva and Andreas Christensen have all had fine starts to the season and will be confident of leading the Blues to another clean sheet at 11/10 with Paddy Power.
Chelsea could make a few changes in attack with Romelu Lukaku likely to be rested while Kai Havertz and Timo Werner could be given rare starts. Bet365 have Havertz at 6/4 to score anytime while also offering 13/8 on Werner in the same market.
Anything else catch the eye?
Chelsea’s solid defence saw them earn a win to nil in their last meeting with Aston Villa and a similar outcome could be tipped at 7/5 with BetVictor. The Blues could also be picked as the only team to score at 13/10 with William Hill while BTTS NO could also be on the cards at 16/19with SBK.
Having scored three goals in their last fixture against Aston Villa, a -1 handicap could also be considered at 6/5 with bet365.
This EFL Cup match between Chelsea and Aston Villa will be played on Sep 22, 2021 and kick off at 19:45. Check below for our tipsters best Chelsea vs Aston Villa prediction. You may also visit our dedicated betting previews section for the most up to date previews.