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Aston Villa vs Chelsea Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Ups, Key Man + Prediction

Chelsea take on Aston Villa at Villa Park on Saturday looking to extend their lead at the top of the table. Here’s a preview with team news and predicted score

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Chelsea take on Aston Villa at Villa Park on Saturday evening looking to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League table.

The Blues head into the weekend action sitting seven points clear of Arsenal and Liverpool, and with their rivals facing tough away games against Man Utd and Spurs on Sunday, Chelsea have a golden opportunity to put the pressure on by opening up a 10-point advantage with a win at Villa.

All of the West Londoners main competition for the title have games in hand so Jose Mourinho feels the league table is ‘fake’, but even he can’t deny his team would be in a very strong position should they collect all three points tomorrow evening.

Chelsea have hit form at just the right time and they haven’t tasted defeat in the league since way back in early December, with their latest victory being a 4-0 demolition of Tottenham at Stamford Bridge last weekend.

They’ll face a Villa side that beat Norwich 4-1 last time out to move them up to 11th in the table. However, they are still just six points from the relegation zone so Paul Lambert will be desperate to pick up a positive result this weekend to further boost their survival hopes.

Team News

Villa will have to make do without the services of on-loan defender Ryan Bertrand as he’s not able to face his parent club. Lambert will have to decide between Joe Bennett or Antonio Luna to fill in at left-back.

Otherwise, the Midlanders have a healthy squad to choose from with only Charles N’Zogbia and Jores Okore out with long-term injuries.

Chelsea will continue to be without defenders David Luiz and Ashley Cole for the game. Luiz has failed to recover from a groin injury while Cole is still troubled by a knee problem that’s kept him out in recent weeks.

Mourinho confirmed earlier today that Fernando Torres has a chance to be in the squad. The Spaniard was forced to miss last weeks win over Spurs after picking up a groin injury during the warm up, but he’s made good progress this week and Mourinho will now decide whether to risk him tomorrow or save him for Tuesday’s clash with Galatasaray.

Likely Line-Ups

Key Man

Eden Hazard: The Belgian has been Chelsea’s main attacking threat for much of the season and he’s expected to be the focal point once again this weekend. Villa will have to keep him quiet if they want to take anything positive away from the game.

Predicted Score

Aston Villa 0-2 Chelsea: The Blues haven’t lost at Villa Park since 2009 and have an excellent record against Villa. We can’t see Mourinho’s men passing up this opportunity to put some real day-light between them and their rivals.

What team do you think Mourinho should play and what’s your predicted score? Share your views below.

21 Comments

21 Comments

  1. Amasolo solomon

    March 14, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    I expect. Cech, Terry, Cahil, Ivanovic, cesear, Lampard, Matic, Willam, Oscar, Hazard, Torres.

  2. Ameh isaiah

    March 14, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    Cech, aspilicueta terry cahill ivanovic matic ramires shurrler oscar hazard eto’o

  3. John Vincent

    March 14, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    Cech, Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Matic, Ramires, Oscar, Willian, Hazard, Eto’o.

  4. Adeleke Abiodun

    March 14, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    God will heip chelsea to win aston villa

  5. Efunwole Muyiwa Olakunle Snelly

    March 14, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    All what i prayed for that tomorrow is that Chelsea should win the game………….Villa 0 – 3 Che.

  6. Xcess malouda

    March 14, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    cech, azpili,cahill,terry,iva. matic,mikel.salah,willian,hazard.Ba
    subs: lampard, ramires,etoo, oscar

  7. Manigamukama

    March 14, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    I hope Jose to serious squad against astone Villa because it’s not an easy team that you joke with so predicted line up for Chelsea fc Cech-aziiplicuata-caihil-Terrey-Ivanovic
    Matic-lampard-Ramirez-Salah
    Eden hazard -Etoo

  8. Manigamukama

    March 14, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    automatically Chelsea will win to keep pressure on man city. it will 0-3

    • Jean

      March 16, 2014 at 9:58 am

      oh dear !!!!

  9. Erintoo da boss

    March 14, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    I see da bluez winninq at da both half nd Eto’o bein inda score sheet once aqn

  10. jimmy

    March 14, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    Cech,ivanovic,cahill,terry,azpilicueta,matic,mikel,ramires,willian,hazard and eto’o.

  11. Dominic

    March 15, 2014 at 1:13 am

    Cech iva terry cahil azpi remires matic hazard oscar willian eto o sub salah schurrler torres

  12. Richard Adedapo.

    March 15, 2014 at 1:43 am

    I expect a strong team so we get the maximum points. Cech, Ivanovic, Cahil, Terry. Aziplicuta, Ramires, Matic, Hazad, Oscar, Willian and Etoo. Prediction; 1;3 up Blues 4life

  13. anteneh sisay

    March 15, 2014 at 3:47 am

    1-2,24,26,28-8,21-15,22,17-9

  14. tope arinde

    March 15, 2014 at 4:42 am

    I pray chelsea shld win dat match…wat is d reason y mikel is bin put on d bench..he is a good player,mou shd give him space to prove is worthy he deserve a space in dat squad..chelsea go for goal……..up blues

  15. samuel chibuikem

    March 15, 2014 at 5:44 am

    pls josh use salah 4 chelsea to win d game fast on first leg

  16. samuel chibuikem

    March 15, 2014 at 5:44 am

    pls josh use salah 4 chelsea to win d game fast on first half.

  17. moses musungu

    March 15, 2014 at 5:52 am

    cech,ivanovich,terry,cahill,ramires,matic,oscar,willian,hazard,azplicueta$ Eto’o

  18. Thomas

    March 15, 2014 at 6:07 am

    Czech, Iva, Azpli, Terry, Cahil, Matic, Lamps, Willian, Schurrle, Hazard, Torres. Predictions : Chelsea to win (Aston 1:5 Chelsea)

  19. Cornel

    March 15, 2014 at 6:51 am

    Mou shuld use his strongest 1X 2day nd nt 2 rest any player coz villa is a tough nut 2 crack on dir gud day

  20. real timo

    March 15, 2014 at 7:58 am

    The selection of the squad is under Mou, an No body wil hinder that. Only i need is 3 crucial point for this pivotal moment. Ma pred is Aston Villa 1 Chelsea 4.

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