Having showcased their defensive organisation on Merseyside, manager Thomas Tuchel will hope his players can get back on the front foot against Villa, who have endured an inconsistent beginning to the season after a transfer window packed with activity.
Chelsea bolstered their impressive squad further on transfer deadline day with the signing Saul Niguez from Atletico Madrid it’ll be fascinating to see if he’s thrust straight into contention in front of what will be an expectant home crowd.
With a key new player, a suspension and some injury issues to contend with, there are some big decisions for Tuchel to make.
James is suspended for the Villa game, while N’Golo Kante is doubtful because of the issue he sustained against Liverpool.
Havertz was also a doubt for Germany due to illness, but could well be back by the time club football returns.
Provided no further players pick up injuries on international duty, Tuchel should otherwise have a full complement to pick from.