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Chelsea vs. Aston Villa: Midweek fun in the Premier League

With Chelsea needing to take some time off from the Premier League to play Bayern Munich in the European Super Cup, they host Aston Villa on Wednesday.

Both Chelsea and Aston Villa enjoyed perfect starts to the season, with the former picking up a comfortable 2-0 win against newly-promoted Hull City, and the latter an unexpected 3-1 victory over Arsenal. They go head-to-head at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night, with Villa hoping to win away at Chelsea for the first time since December 2011.

Chelsea have no fresh doubts from the weekend. Brazilian defender David Luiz is still recovering from a hamstring strain and could miss out, alongside midfielder John Obi Mikel -- who was ruled out of playing on international duty with a stomach bug -- and young midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah, who sustained a knock while with the England U21 team.

Villa's only new injury concern is Nathan Baker, who was withdrawn from the victory over Arsenal with an ankle injury. He could be sidelined with Yacouba Sylla, Chris Herd and Charles N'Zogbia, who all missed the weekend's match.

Chelsea injuries and suspensions

Out: None. In doubt: David Luiz (hamstring), John Obi Mikel (illness), Nathaniel Chalobah (knock).

Aston Villa injuries and suspensions

Out: None. In doubt: Yacouba Sylla (ankle), Chris Herd (calf), Charles N'Zogbia (achilles) Nathan Baker (ankle).

Projected lineups

Chelsea: Petr Čech; Ashley Cole, John Terry, Gary Cahill, Branislav Ivanović; Frank Lampard, Ramires; Eden Hazard, Oscar, Kevin De Bruyne; Fernando Torres

Aston Villa: Brad Guzan; Antonio Luna, Ciaran Clark, Ron Vlaar, Matthew Lowton; Fabian Delph, Ashley Westwood, Karim El Ahmadi; Gabriel Agbonlahor, Christian Benteke, Andreas Weimann

Match Date/Time: 7:45 p.m. local, 2:45 p.m. ET

Venue: Stamford Bridge, London, England

TV: NBC Sports Network (U.S.), Sportsnet World (Canada)

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Chelsea vs. Aston Villa: Midweek fun in the Premier League

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