Chelsea vs Aston Villa highlights as Reece James seals Carabao Cup progress via penalty shootout – Football.London

Hello and welcome along to live coverage of Chelsea’s Carabao Cup third round tie against Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea remain unbeaten in all competitions this season as Thomas Tuchel makes his managerial debut in the competition. The Blues were knocked out in round four last season after losing to Tottenham Hotspur on penalties when Frank Lampard was in charge.

Tuchel’s side hosted Villa ten days ago and saw them off 3-0 thanks to a brace from Romelu Lukaku and a rare strike from Mateo Kovacic. Villa battled hard and caused Chelsea plenty of problems that day but their lack of cutting edge in front of goal cost them.

The Blues are expected to name a rotated side for the League Cup game with the likes of Ben Chilwell, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Timo Werner, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Saul Niguez all in line for starts this evening.

Dean Smith is likely to field a changed side as well from Villa’s 3-0 victory over Everton last time out, which is no real surprise from either side considering the competition and it’s early stages.

We will bring you all the build-up from Stamford Bridge as well as the latest from the game. As always, we will have full coverage of Tuchel’s post-match press conference, including a full transcript with every word he had to say to the media after the game.

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