Dean Smith heads to Chelsea with his Aston Villa team tonight to further enhance Sunday's impressive performance at Old Trafford.

Villa beat Manchester United 2-1 on Sunday and waited for victory over the top ten in the Premier League.

Frank Lampards Chelsea have lost their last two Premier League fixtures and may have to relinquish star striker and former Villa borrower Tammy Abraham on Stamford Bridge.




Villa have lost eight of their last nine encounters with Chelsea and have not won since their 3-1 win under Alex McLeish in 2011 in West London.

If the red wine and the blues need an omen, Lampard's record against Smith in the dugout can be elicited a little comfort. Smith has three wins, nine goals, two goals and a play-off medal against the head coach of Chelsea.

But how does Smith deal with today's clash?

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Two changes are likely to be imposed on Smith after French right-back Frederic Guilbert has been suspended after collecting his fifth Premier League warning for the campaign in Old Trafford.

Anwar El Ghazi had to be withdrawn because of an injury and should not be ready for Villa's next game.

Jed Steer (leg) and Keinan Davis (thigh) are the only other confirmed absentees from Villa.

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Smith's selective headache

This is the first time that Villa is competing against each other during the week in the Premier League, so Smith may be tempted to make a few changes to his team.

Guilbert's suspension and El Ghazi's injury have forced his hand, but Smith will think about other changes.

Tom Heaton will remain in the lead with Tyrone Mings and Matt Targett on the left side of Villas Quarterfinal. Björn Engels, who was probably the most consistent defender of Villa before his injury, is back in the race, but Ezri Konsa has done a good job.




Ahmed Elmohamady is the favorite who replaces Guilbert on the right back, but Smith has another option. He could put Konsa on right-back and bring Engels back to center if he wants to approach the game more conservatively. But that's not Smith's style.

Smith has a wealth of midfield options and might recall the combative Marvelous Nakamba who braces himself against Chelsea's N & Golo Kante, Matteo Kovacic and Jorginho.

Nakamba would replace either Douglas Luiz or Conor Hourihane with his creativity in standard situations and possibly give him the advantage over the Brazilian. Marathon man John McGinn will form Smith's midfield on the bridge.

Smith's chances of attack are limited, which means that Jack Grealish will continue on the left, Wesley in the middle and Trezeguet's turn to replace El Ghazi on the right.

Expected XI

(4-3-3): Heaton; Elmohamady, Konsa, Mings, Targett; McGinn, Nakamba, Hourihane; Trezeguet, Wesley, Grealish

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