Chelsea's bid for domestic cup glory begins tonight and with it comes our latest Blues Bulletin, containing all the key pre-match stats and information you need ahead of kick-off...
Chelsea vs Aston Villa head to head
Chelsea (4-1-3-2): Cudicini; Geremi, Boulahrouz, Carvalho, Bridge; Makelele (Diarra 83); Essien, Lampard (c), Ballack (J Cole 75); Shevchenko (Kalou 75), Drogba
Unused subs: Hilario, Wright-Phillips
Manager: Jose Mourinho
Scorers: Lampard 32, Shevchenko 65, Essien 82, Drogba 84
Aston Villa (4-4-2): Sorensen; Hughes, Mellberg, Laursen (Ridgewell h/t), Bouma; Davis (Baros 70), Petrov, McCann, Barry (c) (Berger 45+1); Angel, Agbonlahor
Unused subs: Taylor, Osbourne
Manager: Martin O’Neill
Chelsea v Aston Villa in the League Cup
1964/65 - Semi-final, first leg - Villa Park - W 3-2
Semi-final, second leg - Stamford Bridge - D 1-1
1998/99 - Third round - Stamford Bridge - W 4-1
2003/04 - Quarter-final - Villa Park - L 1-2
2006/07 - Fourth round - Stamford Bridge - W 4-0
Chelsea in numbers
The last team to defeat us at the third round stage was Newcastle in 2010/11 when they beat us 4-3 at Stamford Bridge. Shola Ameobi scored a stoppage-time winner after Nicolas Anelka had equalised from the spot three minutes earlier.
The only other occasions we have been knocked out in the third round since the turn of the century were against Charlton at home on penalties in 2005/06 and Liverpool at Anfield in 2000/01.
Aston Villa stats
Premier League - 11th
FA Cup - Third round
League Cup - Fourth round
Top scorer all competitions - Ollie Watkins 16
Dean Smith’s side are unbeaten on the road in the League Cup since August 2018 when they lost at Burton. They have won five and drawn one since then scoring 22 goals in the process.
Last six seasons in the League Cup
2015/16 - Lost away to Southampton in the fourth round
2016/17 - Lost away to Luton in the first round
2017/18 - Lost at home to Middlesbrough in the third round
2018/19 - Lost away to Burton in the second round
2019/20 - Lost to Man City in the final at Wembley
2020/21 - Lost at home to Stoke in the fourth round
Second round line up
Tuesday 24 August 2021
Barrow 0 Aston Villa 6
Team 4-2-3-1 Steer; Guilbert (Lindley 82), Tuanzebe, Hause, Targett; Hourihane (c), Nakamba; Philogene-Bidace, Carney Chukwuemeka (Caleb Chukwuemeka 73), El Ghazi (Ramsey 63); Archer
Scorers: Archer 10, 62, 88, El Ghazi 24 pen, 45+2, Guilbert 75
Aston Villa have won three, lost two and drawn one in all competitions this term. They beat unbeaten Everton 3-0 at Villa Park at the weekend.
2021/22 scorers in all competitions
Archer 3, El Ghazi 3, Ings 2, Bailey 1, Buendia 1, Cash 1, Guilbert 1, McGinn 1, own goal 1
Dean Smith’s management record vs Chelsea
Villa's summer transfer window
Caleb Chukwuemeka - Northampton
Danny Ings - Southampton
Axel Tuanzebe - Man Utd (loan)
Ashley Young - Inter Milan
Louie Barry - Ipswich,(loan)
Ahmed El Mohamady - released
Frederic Guilbert - Strasbourg (loan)
Tom Heaton - Man Utd
Conor Hourihane - Sheffield Utd (loan)
Lovre Kalinic - Hajduk Split (loan)
Neil Taylor - released
Wesley - Club Brugge (loan)
There are no suspensions. Yellow cards only count in the competition they are received. In the Carabao Cup, two yellow cards will result in a one match suspension. The cut-off point is the quarter-finals, so no player can miss the final through cumulative yellows.
Carabao Cup booking list
Aston Villa: Nakamba 1
Graham Scott is the official for only his second Blues match since December 2019. He was the ref for our home Premier League 2-0 win against Burnley in January this year.
Fourth round draw
The draw for the fourth round will take place at Potton Bowls Club, Bedfordshire after the completion of Man Utd vs West Ham on Wednesday.