The two sides played out a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge last month and are battling for a spot in the fifth round against Leeds. 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, Pochettino’s side have conceded eight goals in their last two games including a 4-2 home loss to Wolves last time out.
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
Aston Villa vs Chelsea is scheduled for an 8pm GMT kick-off today, Wednesday, February 7, 2024.
Villa Park in Birmingham will host.
Where to watch Aston Villa vs Chelsea
TV channel: The game will be broadcast for free on ITV1. Coverage starts at 7.30pm GMT ahead of an 8pm kick-off.
Live stream: ITVX will offer a live stream service via their website and app.
Live blog: Follow all the action LIVE with Standard Sport’s dedicated match blog! Nizaar Kinsella will be providing expert analysis from the ground.
Aston Villa vs Chelsea team news
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.
Villa to win 2-1.
Head to head (h2h) history and results
Aston Villa wins: 68
Chelsea wins: 60
Aston Villa vs Chelsea latest odds
Aston Villa to progress: 8/15
Chelsea to progress: 29/20
Odds via Betfair and subject to change.