Aston Villa vs Chelsea
So with just two games to go in this season's English Premier League, here are the remaining fixtures and current table positions with points.
Aston Villa vs Chelsea - Match Preview
If the fight for top four finish is going down to the wire then the same can be said for the relegation battle. With Reading and QPR already relegated, only thing left now is which third team will join these two back in the Championship. And mathematically Aston Villa still could get dragged down but realistically its along shot. One point in last two games should be sufficient enough for Paul Lambert's side to stay up in the Premier League, though Aston Villa come into this game with some good confidence after 2-1 win over Norwich away from home. Gabriel Agbonlahor scored a last-minute winner as Aston Villa took a giant stride towards safety with a win that increases Norwich's relegation fears.
Biggest news for Aston Villa fans this week was that of captain Stiliyan Petrov who announced his retirement last week. The reason being his on-going fight against acute leukemia, its been more than a year when he was diagnosed with this condition. It was revealed in August that Petrov was in remission after four months of chemotherapy.
And as mark of honor, Petrov will lead his Villa team-mates out on the field in Villa Park before the game against Chelsea.
So given the last few encounters between Chelsea and Villa, this again promises to be a high-scoring game. Who will come out more relieved out of this game? Can Chelsea do the double over Aston Villa?, well only time will tell.
As confirmed by Benitez, Frank Lampard looks all set to start this game and would be looking to equal Bobby Tambling's record of 202 goals. Eden Hazard (calf) and Victor Moses (leg) are doubtful for the game against Villa, Hazard who came off in the second half against Spurs will be assessed before the game. Mikel who has returned to training could find himself on the bench but Ryan Bertrand is still not available. Oriol Romeu is in contention following his long-term absence with a knee problem. Ba and Terry should start as well.
Aston Villa right-back Matthew Lowton is a doubt with a thigh strain. Lowton was forced off in the 2-1 win over Norwich, and he could join Ciaran Clark and Karim El Ahmadi on the sidelines. Richard Dunne, Marc Albrighton, Gary Gardner and Chris Herd are the long-term absentees.
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As mentioned earlier, last four games 24 goals scored; out of which 16 had the name of some or the other Chelsea player written on it. So this again promises to be a cracker of a game! GOALS GALORE!!!
Scoreline: Aston Villa 1 Chelsea 4
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