Friday, May 10, 2013

Aston Villa vs Chelsea - Match Preview

Aston Villa vs Chelsea

English Premier League
Date: Saturday, 11th May 2013; Kick Off: 12:45 GMT
Venue: Villa Park

The fight for the top four finish continues yet again and this time Chelsea travel to Villa Park to face a rejuvenated Aston Villa side. Both teams have picked up good form off late, which sees Chelsea closing in on the third spot in the Premier League table whereas Aston Villa with three wins and a draw out of their last five games have somewhat ensured their presence in 2013-14 EPL.

A win here for either side will confirm their respective status, for Chelsea a win will ensure they qualify for next season's UEFA Champions League whereas for Aston Villa a win will ensure that they stay in the top flight of football for yet another season.

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.

               Chelsea (3rd - 69 points)     Arsenal (4th - 67 points)       Spurs (5th - 66 points)
                         Aston Villa (a)                          Wigan (h)                                Stoke (a)
                           Everton (h)                          Newcastle (a)                        Sunderland (h)

Aston Villa vs Chelsea - Match Preview

Chelsea vs Aston Villa has always promised a lot of goals, this can be seen from the recent previous encounters in which both sides were involved. A 8-0 demolition by Chelsea on 23rd Dec 2012 at Stamford Bridge is game that will always haunt Villa and their supporters. It was a game that saw eight goals being scored by seven different Chelsea players, a record set by us. This equaled Chelsea's biggest-ever league win and this became Aston Villa's heaviest-ever league defeat.

Last four fixtures between these clubs saw 24 goals being scored with Chelsea winning two out of these four games and in process scoring 16 goals. Last time Chelsea traveled to Villa Park which was in March 2012, Chelsea came out on top with a thrilling 4-2 win over Villa. Flurry of goals in the last thirteen minutes of the game brought to an end one of the most exciting games of the season.

Chelsea come into this game with 2-2 draw against Spurs at Stamford Bridge, a game which Chelsea dominated for most of time and should have won it, had we been more clinical in front of the goal. Goals from Oscar and Ramires seemed to put Chelsea in the drivers seat for a confirmed top four finish but a late goal from Gylfi Sigurdsson meant that the fight for top four finish now will go down to the wire and could well be decided on 19th May, the final day of 2012-13 EPL campaign.

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.

Our best wishes with Petrov and hope he achieves full recovery and gets back to his love for football.

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.

Team News

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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