The two sides have met five times in the League Cup and the record in this competition doesn’t bode well for Dean Smith’s squad. They have won just one of the five meetings with their only win coming on the 17 th December 2003 as the game ended 2-1 in Villa’s favour.
Juan Pablo Angel fired Villa into the lead, and they held on to this for the majority of the game before Joe Cole levelled things up in the 69 th minute. Gavin McCann came to the rescue just minutes later however and ensured Villa progressed.
Villa beat a star-studded line-up including John Terry, Claude Makelele and Frank Lampard who got subbed on in this fixture. If they are to progress past Chelsea tomorrow they will likely have to beat a side of a similar standard due to the quality Thomas Tuchel’s side possesses on the bench.
Their most recent encounter in this competition came in 2006. It was a game to forget for Villa however as they were dismantled away from home and lost 4-0. The goals came from Frank Lampard, Andriy Shevchenko, Michael Essien and Didier Drogba and once again outlined how seriously Chelsea take this competition.
Tuchel has outlined how seriously he will be taking the competition by saying: “I am here to win titles, I am here to win games and as a result, win titles. This is what I demand of myself so why should we now say anything different? If you want to win in five years or three years, I don’t know what that is.
“Tomorrow is the game to play and there is no tougher match than the next game, there is no tougher obstacle than the one in front of you and we should not get lost in dreams, hopes and speeches or whatever.”
Overall, Villa have won just 20% of the games they have faced Chelsea in the League Cup. Their first encounter with the side was a disappointing loss 4-3 on aggregate in 1965 and from then there has rarely been a result to rave about in this competition for Villa fans.
Fans would possibly be more optimistic if this was an FA Cup game. Villa have a much better record against Chelsea in this competition, having won 55% of the games the two sides faced played in the prestigious cup.
The League Cup was the last major English honour that Villa won in 1996. It has been far too long since the club had their name on a major trophy and Smith will be keen to change that. Whilst many sides field weakened teams, these two sides will likely be very strong when they line up to face each other tomorrow evening.
Here’s our predicted Villa XI vs Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Steer; Cash, Tuanzebe, Hause, Young; Sanson, Nakamba; Traore, Buendia, El Ghazi; Watkins.
The 3-0 score line flattered Chelsea when the sides met in the League a few weeks ago, and Smith will be keen to make up for this performance and seek his revenge.
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