The Premier League season resumes this weekend and so does the Blues Bulletin, focusing on the key pre-match stats and information you need, and featuring brand new graphics...
Chelsea vs Aston Villa head to head
Last season's fixture
Chelsea (4-3-3): Mendy; Azpilicueta (c), Christensen, Rudiger, Chilwell; Kante, Jorginho (Havertz 72), Mount; Hudson-Odoi, Giroud (Werner 72), Pulisic
Unused subs: Arrizabalaga, Thiago Silva, Tomori, Emerson, Kovacic, Gilmour, Abraham
Booked: Azpilicueta 45+1, Giroud 71, Kante 73
Scorer: Giroud 34
Head coach: Frank Lampard
Aston Villa (4-2-3-1): Martinez; Cash, Konsa, Hause, Targett; Douglas Luiz, McGinn; Traore (Davis 87), Grealish (c), El Ghazi (Ramsey 81); Watkins
Unused subs: Heaton, Taylor, Engels, Guilbert, Elmohamady, Hourihane, Nakamba
Booked: El Ghazi 71
Scorer: El Ghazi 50
Head coach: Dean Smith
Our next Premier League win will be our 600th in the competition. Only Man Utd, with 689, have reached this milestone.
Since Tuchel’s first game in charge, only Manchester City (51) have won more Premier League points than Chelsea (45). Excluding the promoted sides, we have conceded the fewest goals in that run (14).
Jorginho has been 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.
Aston Villa are one of only three sides to beat Tuchel in the Premier League, when they won on the last day of the season at Villa Park. The other two losses, against West Brom and Arsenal, both came at the Bridge.
Antonio Rudiger – 100th Premier League start
Cesar Azpilicueta, on his 32nd birthday, made his 300th Premier League appearance against Liverpool to become only the fourth Chelsea player to reach this landmark joining John Terry 492, Frank Lampard 429 and Petr Cech 333.
N’Golo Kante made his 150th Premier League start for the club in the same game.
Aston Villa stats
Premier League - 11th
FA Cup - Third round
League Cup - Fourth round
Top scorer all competitions: Ollie Watkins 16
Last season’s Premier League stats
Most appearances: Martinez 38, Targett 38, McGinn 37, Watkins 37
Most goals: Watkins 14, El Ghazi 10, Traore 7, Grealish 6
Most assists: Grealish 10, Traore 6, McGinn 5, Watkins 5
Most clean sheets: Martinez 15
Red cards: Cash 1, Douglas Luiz 1, Mings 1, Watkins 1
Most Yellow cards: McGinn 12, Douglas Luiz 8, Targett 7
Since the start of last season, only Ederson (21) and Edouard Mendy (18) have kept more Premier League clean sheets among goalkeepers than Emiliano Martinez (16). The Argentinean is not available for Saturday’s game because of quarantine rules.
Against Brentford in their last game, Carney Chukwuemeka, aged 17 years and 312 days, became the second-youngest player to start a Premier League game for Aston Villa, behind Gareth Barry who was aged 17 years and 76 days against Arsenal in May 1998.
Aston Villa have won three of their last five Premier League games and have scored two goals in each of their last four away games in the competition.
Aston Villa won half of their six Premier League games in London last season, as many as they’d managed in their previous 29 top-flight games in the capital.
Danny Ings has been involved in eight goals in his last nine Premier League starts (6 goals, 2 assists).
Dean Smith’s management record v Chelsea
ASTON VILLA'S LAST PREMIER LEAGUE GAME
Saturday 28 August 2021
Aston Villa 1 Brentford 1
Team (4-1-4-1): Martinez; Cash, Konsa (c) (Hause 89), Tuanzebe, Targett; Douglas Luiz; Buendia, Chukwuemeka (Nakamba 63), Young (Watkins 79), El Ghazi; Ings
Scorer: Buendia 13
Villa's summer transfer window
Leon Bailey - Bayer Leverkusen
Emiliano Buendia - Norwich
Caleb Chukwuemeka - Northampton
Danny Ings - Southampton
Axel Tuanzebe - Man Utd, loan
Ashley Young - Inter Milan
Jack Grealish - Man City
Louie Barry - Ipswich, loan
Ahmed El Mohamady - released
Frederic Guilbert - Strasbourg, loan
Tom Heaton - Man Utd
Conor Hourihane - Sheff Utd, loan
Lovre Kalinic - Hajduk Split, loan
Neil Taylor - released
Wesley - Club Brugge, loan
Reece James is suspended for one match following his red card for handball against Liverpool.
In the Premier League, five yellow cards received before 19 league fixtures have been played will result in a one-match suspension in the competition.
Premier League bookings list
Chelsea: Mendy 1, Rudiger 1
Aston Villa: Buendia 1, Cash 1, Douglas Luiz 1, El Ghazi 1, Ings 1, Martinez 1, Mings 1
Referee and VAR
Referee: Stuart Attwell
VAR: Chris Kavanagh
Stuart Attwell is the referee for the third successive Chelsea v Aston Villa game. He was the official in both our Premier League games last season.