Aston Villa 0-4 Chelsea

  • Ruben Loftus-Cheek scores maiden Premier League goal to put Chelsea ahead.
  • Alexandre Pato marks Blues debut with first goal from the penalty spot.
  • Pedro scores a double inside the first quarter of an hour of the second period.
  • Alan Hutton send off for second yellow card after challenge on Loftus-Cheek.
  • Villa fans protest against owner Randy Lerner during the second half.
  • Aston Villa bottom of the Premier League, 12 points from safety.
Aston Villa fans
Villa fans send a message to owner Randy Lerner during the heavy defeat to Chelsea. Getty Images

A real toxic atmosphere around Villa Park this afternoon and their appears to be no light at the end of the tunnel. Eric Black's side lacked the fight and the heart for the task of taking on a Chelsea side, who have shown themselves to be very beatable this season.

That is all we have time for on this Premier League live text. We have live coverage of Arsenal vs Watford and the other five 3pm kick-offs here, and Liverpool vs Tottenham, but until next time goodbye.


Full time: Aston Villa 0-4 Chelsea

Aston Villa very much on the brink and their relegation could be confirmed as early as next weekend after their seventh defeat on the spin to Chelsea. Guus Hiddink maintains his unbeaten Premier League record and there was plenty of encouragement for the future after Ruben Loftus-Cheek scored his first top flight goal and Alexandre Pato netted on his Blues debut. Pedro struck twice after the break which led to strong protests from Villa fans.


Jack Grealish volleys over after Ayew's cross. Plenty of efforts on goal from Villa towards, but Courtois has barely been tested.


Red card: Alan Hutton (Aston Villa)

Second yellow card for Alan Hutton, who dives in recklessly on Ruben Loftus-Cheek and the referee has little option but to dismiss the Scot. A bad afternoon just gets worse.


The various paper signs which have been held up by Villa fans are now being made into paper planes and directed towards the playing surface. Oh dear.


Banners and placards being held up by several Villa fans with around 12 minutes of the game remaining. Branislav Ivanovic shoots at goal from a 30-yard free-kick, which is easily saved by Guzan. Strange moment.


Jake Clarke-Salter on for his Chelsea debut, the third player to make their first appearance for the club this afternoon. Take note, Jose Mourinho.


Every touch from Bacuna is being booed by the Villa support. Very rare you see such despondency towards an individual from his own fans. Amid the mutiny a few encouraging moments for Villa as Grealish appeals for a penalty after being felled by Pedro, which is waved away, before Westwood volleys wide after Courtois' punch found the midfielder on the edge of the box.


Grealish into the action straight away and his cross-shot is narrowly missed by Ashley Westwood at the back post.


Reliably informed that the boos were directed towards Bacuna, who has stated his intention to leave and play Champions League football. Abandoning a sinking ship, if you will.


Carles Gil and Sanchez off for Villa, to boos from the home fans. Bacuna and Grealish on. Curious response. Real toxic atmosphere around Villa Park.


Leandro Bacuna and Jack Grealish coming on for Villa. There is no changing the result here but they are desperate for an injection of urgency. Radamel Falcao warming up for Chelsea.


Goal: Aston Vila 0-4 Chelsea (Pedro)

Still over half an hour remaining and this is getting excruciating for Villa. Guzan turns Pato's shot into the path of Pedro, who knocks the ball into an empty net. Chelsea could fill their boots here. The banners continue to be unfurled around Villa Park.


A banner reading 'NO FIGHT, NO PRIDE, NO EFFORT, NO HOPE' is held up at the Holt End. Pretty accurate I would venture.


Ayew takes on a half volley in anger and Courtois jumps and keeps the ball out. No shortage of efforts on goal from Villa, but it has been their work without the ball which has been their undoing.


Oscar given the freedom of the left hand side, coming inside and Guzan parries the ball and grabs it at the second attempt. This could get messy for the hosts.


Goal: Aston Villa 0-3 Chelsea (Pedro)

The Blues take just 51 seconds to treble their lead and put the game beyond Villa. Oscar exchanges passes with Oscar, who pulls it back and Pedro nets his sixth of the season from close range.


Second half on the way from Villa Park. Oscar coming on for replace fellow-Brazilian Kenedy. Back underway in the Midlands.


Half time: Aston Villa 0-2 Chelsea

Aston Villa have been admirably impressive but they have folded in this first half as Chelsea go in at the break with a two-goal advantage having barely broken sweat. It has been a half of firsts; a maiden Premier League goal for Ruben Loftus-Cheek, a first Chelsea appearance for Alexandre Pato and an opening goal in English football for the Brazilian from the penalty spot. Guus Hiddink's experiment currently working a treat. Meanwhile, it is a same old story under Eric Black.


Goal: Aston Villa 0-2 Chelsea (Alexandre Pato)

Aly Cissokho clumsily hauls down Alexandre Pato at the back post and Neil Swabrick has no hesitation but to point to the spot. The Villa defender survives being sent off but the damage is done as Pato marks his Chelsea debut with his first goal as he strokes beyond Guzan.


Penalty to Chelsea


Charles Gil on the floor after the briefest of contact with the hand of Baba Rahman. Replays suggest there was little or no contact at all but Gil does appear to be struggling. The game restarts and Loftus-Cheek almost doubles the lead but he misses the far post after intercepting a pass on the edge of the Villa box.


Chance for Villa and probably their best of the first half. Jordan Ayew glides his way through the heart of the Chelsea back-four buts shoots wide when he should have hit the target. This 45 minutes has not been without encouragement for the hosts.