Aston Villa v Chelsea Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Ups & Predicted Score

By on May 10, 2013

Chelsea take on Aston Villa at Villa Park on Saturday lunchtime looking to secure a top-four finish this season, while the hosts can cement their top flight status for another year with a positive result.

The Blues missed the chance to ensure Champions League qualification in midweek when Tottenham scored a late equaliser to snatch a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night and keep the race for the top-four alive.

The result leaves Rafa Benitez men sitting third in the Premier League table, two points ahead of fourth-placed Arsenal and three ahead of fifth-placed Spurs with just two games remaining, so a win this Saturday will ensure they finish in the top-four due to their superior goal-difference.

Villa on the other hand have very different concerns to worry about with Paul Lamberts side still sweating on their Premier League status, despite currently laying in 13th place in the table.

Villa have picked up five wins in eight and hit the 40 point marker last weekend but with 18th placed Wigan on 35 points, the Midlanders are still not mathematically safe so therefore need a win this weekend to guarantee survival for another year.

Team News

Lambert is sweating on the fitness of right back Matthew Lowton after he picked up a thigh strain against Norwich last weekend. The young defender will be given a late fitness test but is expected to be passed fit.

Richard Dunne is back in training having been sidelined after almost 10 months, but he’s well short of match fitness and isn’t expected to feature again this season. Karim El Ahmadi and Ciaran Clark will once again be on the sidelines through injury.

Frank Lampard will return to the starting line-up for Chelsea having been an unused substitute against Spurs and he will bid to become the clubs all-time record goalscorer.

Eden Hazard is set to face a late fitness test after being forced off late on in midweek with a calf strain, while Victor Moses also picked up a kock but is expected to start.

Midfielder John Obi Mikel is back in training afer a hip injury ruled him out against Spurs but Ryan Bertrand remains out with a knee problem.  Oriol Romeu could return to the squad following his long-term absence with a knee problem.

Likely Line-ups

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Predicted Score

Chelsea ran out 8-0 winners in the reverse fixture at the Bridge back in December so you’d expect Villa have something to prove this time around. But the Blues have been in excellent form of late and were unlucky not to collect all three points against Tottenham in midweek, so I’m going for an away win. Aston Villa 1-2 Chelsea

What would be your preferred line-up for the game and what’s your score prediction? Get involved in the comments section below.

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23 Comments

  1. Sircarma

    May 10, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    Villa 1 vs Chelsea 3

  2. daBlues

    May 10, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    0:4

  3. Geemix gabriel

    May 11, 2013 at 12:43 am

    Rafa benitez is not good when substituting players, but i hope the blues will run raiot with a 1:5 away victory

  4. tony

    May 11, 2013 at 1:38 am

    villa 0 chelsea 4….

  5. raphael

    May 11, 2013 at 1:50 am

    A.villa 1.3 che

  6. absquare

    May 11, 2013 at 2:38 am

    Aston-villa 1-3 Chelsea

  7. Osacar

    May 11, 2013 at 3:18 am

    Villa 1 -4 chelsea

  8. Orisadeyi Adewumi Moses

    May 11, 2013 at 4:21 am

    villa 8 chelski 0

  9. Isire Kings

    May 11, 2013 at 5:12 am

    It gona be a difficult game 4 d blues bt they will come out top with 2 – 0 victory

  10. MAPHE

    May 11, 2013 at 6:57 am

    chelsea 4 vs Aston Villa 1

  11. Aujonia okpon

    May 11, 2013 at 7:16 am

    Rafa should know that this a must win match, in order to secure all three point at villa park, Hazard should be risk, champions league spot is more essential to europa cup. My prefered line-up is as thus: Chech_Cesar_Cahill_Luiz_Cole_Mikel_Ramires_Oscar_Mata_Hazard_Ba.
    Score line Aston villa 1 :3 Chelsea

  12. Sochimafineboy

    May 11, 2013 at 7:22 am

    I kn by God grace chelsea wil win by 4-1

  13. NEO'CRAIG

    May 11, 2013 at 7:39 am

    Though my line-up prediction almost tally with yours but I stil prefer Ramires in that game to Lampard.. Victory 4 d BLUES.. Aston 1-Chelsea3

  14. Saintjno

    May 11, 2013 at 7:45 am

    Villa 1:5 Chelsea

  15. usman akeem

    May 11, 2013 at 8:47 am

    Aston villa 0 Chelsea 3

  16. kenneth o chigozie

    May 11, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Villa 2 v 3 chelsea up chfc rafa benitez he never be serious for one day he is gambler rafa don’t have good thought for chelsea I still repeat it till tomorrow

  17. Africana

    May 11, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Chelsea will win by ; -villa
    1-4 Chelsea

  18. dike

    May 11, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Aston villa 0 chelsea 3

  19. ONYII-BOY

    May 11, 2013 at 9:52 am

    This is a critical moment, 3point is mostly needed nomater the score. My line up should be; cech, aspilicueta, cahil, luiz, cole, mikel, lampard, oscar, mata, hazard, BA. Subtitute should go like this; at 80mis lampard for ramires, at 87mis mata for marin, at 90mis hazard for moses. My prediction is villa 0 vs 7 chelsea

  20. Emiyke

    May 11, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Villa 0-chelsea2

  21. Emiyke

    May 11, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Chelsea wil win by 2 goals to 1

  22. Akandu Godgift

    May 11, 2013 at 11:50 am

    My prefered line up: cech,cole,luis,cahii,azipicueta,mikel,lampart, mata, oscar,moses, ba
    A/villa 1:3 Chelseafc. Blues 4 live

  23. Meekel Gold

    May 11, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Every chelKC fan knw very wel d@ sinz Rafa is gona b out @ d end of d season, he wil do evry fin 2 mek sure chelKC regrets bringin him 2d BRIDGE
    ma line is as follows; Cech, cesar, Ashley., Cahil, Luiz, Ramirez, Mikel, Oscar, Mata, HazarD & Ba. d game @ hand is beta dan d 1 4th comin.
    Villa 1- 6 Chel-C

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