Match Preview: Chelsea Look To Strengthen Lead against Aston Villa
With the Premier league heading towards an exciting finale, not one game can be handled in a light manner by the Blues, even though manager Mourinho has branded them as ‘Little horses’ who cannot potentially challenge for the title.
Chelsea have a 7-point cushion at the top but things can change very quickly for the blues if the teams beneath then win all of their games in hand.
Coming to the game of this week, Chelsea travel to Birmingham to take on Aston Villa, a place which would still be fresh in the memories of Chelsea fans as Frank Lampard surpassed Bobby Tambling’s record of highest number of goals for Chelsea.
Chelsea would definitely want to pick up all the 3 points from this fixture or else it would complicate their title challenge.
Aston Villa on the other hand would look to finish their season by pulling themselves in to the top half of the table which is their only realistic target for this season.
The home team will surely rely on the services of their striker Benteke however Lambert has a fully fit squad to choose from but Ryan Bertrand the loanee from Chelsea will not be permitted to play against his parent club.
Torres might return but is not a guarantee although Ba and Eto’o have been shining recently which is a positive for the team. The rest of the squad is fit with Van Ginkel remaining the only long term absentee.
LAST 5 GAMES (ALL COMPETITIONS)
Aston Villa 4-1 Norwich City (PL)
Newcastle United 1-0 Aston Villa (PL)
Cardiff City 0-0 Aston Villa (PL)
Aston Villa 0-2 West Ham United (PL)
Everton 2-1 Aston Villa (PL)
Chelsea 4-0 Tottenham (PL)
Fulham 1-3 Chelsea (PL)
Galatasaray 1-1 Chelsea (UCL)
Chelsea 1-0 Everton (PL)
Manchester City 2-0 Chelsea (FACP)
Chelsea’s next win marks 400th win of the Abramovich era.
Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 14 league games.
Aston Villa haven’t won back to back league games since august 2010.
Chelsea and Aston Villa have picked up 14 and 13 points respectively from losing positions this season.
Petr Cech has kept the highest number of clean sheets this season(13)
HEAD TO HEAD (PL)
Chelsea wins: 22
Aston Villa wins:11
Venue: Villa Park,Birmingham.
Referee: Chris Foy
Author’s verdict: Aston Villa 0-3 Chelsea
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