2019/20 UEFA Champions League schedule
Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner are through the door, Ben Chilwell is also on the target list, and Kai Havertz is another to be linked with a move to Stamford Bridge.
ASTON VILLA TEAM NEWS
Team to play Chelsea: Nyland, Hause, Konsa, Mings, Targett, Luiz, McGinn, Hourihane, El Ghazi, Davis, Grealish.
Subs: Reina, Taylor, Elmohamady, Nakamba, Vassilev, Jota, Trezeguet, Baston, Samatta.
CHELSEA TEAM NEWS
Team to play Aston Villa: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger, Alonso, Kante, Loftus-Cheek, Kovacic, Willian, Giroud, Mount.
Subs: Caballero, James, Zouma, Emerson, Gilmour, Barkley, Pulisic, Pedro, Abraham.
Already Villa have a free-kick in a decent position, 25 yards out and right of centre.
A decent cross finds Loftus-Cheek who heads well wide.
Chelsea’s first corner of the afternoon is at the back post from Willian, but Konsa heads away under little pressure.
More good approach play from Chelsea, with a lovely switch pass out wide from Kante to Willian.
Davis backheels it smartly to McGinn, who is then hacked down on the half-way line.
Mount drive from 20 yards which is bending away from Nyland, who dives well to punch it away.
We’ve got our first water break.
Kante, looks to find Azpilicueta, Targett intercepts and clears to Davis and Villa are back to square one again.
Kovacic goes for goal with but his shot went straight to Nyland who failed to hold it first time and grabs it as it trickles towards the line.
El Ghazi is given space to shoot from 20 yards and fires in a powerful low drive which Kepa gets down to punch away.
GOAL! ASTON VILLA 1-0 CHELSEA (Hause 43)
Three minutes added on.
HT: ASTON VILLA 1-0 CHELSEA
We’re back underway at Villa Park.
Rudiger gifts El Ghazi the ball in the Chelsea half, but forced to hold the ball up and wait for options and opts for a cross which Christensen heads away.
SUBS! Maybe this’ll bring them more – Barkley and Pulisic replace Kovacic and the quiet Loftus-Cheek.
Davis is off for Samatta.
GOAL! ASTON VILLA 1-1 CHELSEA (Pulisic 60)
GOAL! ASTON VILLA 1-2 CHELSEA (Giroud 62)
Makamba replaces him, and El Ghazi is benched for Trezeguet too.
Barkley wins a corner from Hause. Willian’s delivery isn’t too bad but Nyland holds well.
Abraham is on for Giroud for the last 10 minutes.
One final change for Aston Villa, with Jota on for McGinn.
We’re going to have five minutes added on. Reece James is also heading on for Willian.
90 + 5 min
FT: Aston Villa 1 – Chelsea 2