That looks like a winnable task for either Premier League side, though they head into the meeting at Villa Park in differing moods.
While the cup competitions have been something of a saviour for the Blues this season, Mauricio Pochettino’s side have conceded eight goals in their last two games.
Villa, meanwhile, recovered from losing their unbeaten home record against Newcastle by thrashing Sheffield United.
Here’s everything you need to know about the game.
Date, kick-off time and venue
Villa Park in Birmingham will host.
Aston Villa vs Chelsea team
Villa will have to make a decision on both Pau Torres and Nicolo Zaniolo after they missed the win over Sheffield United, while both Lucas Digne and former Chelsea target Jhon Duran are injured. Ezri Konsa will be missing for around a month, too.
The Blues, meanwhile, remain without a raft of key players. Reece James, Romeo Lavia, Robert Sanchez, Lesley Ugochukwu and Marc Cucurella are all injured.
Levi Colwill’s problem is not believed to be serious but he will likely miss the game, along with Trevoh Chalobah. They, however, could be back in time for Monday’s Premier League game with Crystal Palace.
Aston Villa vs Chelsea prediction
It would be a major shock to see Chelsea recover so much that they can topple a team as strong as Villa in their own backyard.