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The easiest match left to play this season for Chelsea?

Last updated: March 29, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 12:45pm
Venue: Villa Park
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: LLLLL
Away form: DLLDW
Last season: 1-2
Competition: The Premier League

The Blues still have a chance to finish in The Top 4. They are lying in 10th place with 41 points and are just 10 behind Manchester City (4th position). So, Chelsea’s only aim for the remainder of the season will be to win their matches.

All Aston Villa’s players look like they have lost the belief in their own abilities. The Villains have lost 6 consecutive matches. They have failed to score in 4 of these games and have conceded 18 goals. Aston Villa lost their last match to Swansea City, which was crucial for the relegation battle in The Premier League. The only goal of the game was due to 3 errors in the Lions defence. Joleon Lescott covered the offside, then Hutton left his man unmarked and Brad Guzan wasn’t persuasive when he jumped for the ball. This situation led to Swansea’s goal against Aston Villa.

Chelsea must take advantage of the weak Aston Villa form. In addition, The Blues have won 3 matches in a row against The Villains. Chelsea have recorded only 19 victories of 70 matches against The Villains at Villa Park.


Team News

Diego Costa is sidelined, because he was sent off against Everton in The FA Cup. This’ll be the last match of the Spaniard’s suspension.

Eden Hazard has received a thigh muscle strain. The Belgian international has recorded 26 matches in The Premier League this season.

It’s high time Alexandre Pato made his debut for Chelsea. The Brazilian was left on the bench on 3 occasions in The Premier League, but he is now expected to take part in the upcoming match.

Jack Grealish, Jordan Amavi and Kozak are injured and won’t take part in the match against Chelsea. Grealish is suffering from an ankle injury.

Quotes of the week

Remi Garde Remi Garde (Aston Villa) : “We deserved more, the difference between the two sides today was not as big as when you see the league table, that is why it is frustrating.”

guus hiddink Guus Hiddink (Chelsea) : “First of all we want to get the maximum out of the team regarding the league table, to get the best position possible.”


Expected line-ups:

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Aston Villa (4-2-3-1): Guzan, Richards, Okore, Cissokho, Lescott, Gueye, Bacuna, Westwood, Veretout, Charles Gil, Ayew.
Subs Hutton, Agbonlahor, Gestede, Clark, Sinclair, Bunn, Richardson.
Injured: Amavi, Kozak, Grealish.
Doubtful:
Not available:
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Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Courtois, Terry, Cahill, Ivanovic, Azpilicueta, Fabregas, Obi Mikel, Pedro, Oscar, Willian, Pato.
Subs Begovic, Loftus-Cheek, Traore, Matic, Kenedy, Remy, Baba.
Injured: Zouma, Falcao, Hazard.
Doubtful:
Not available: Diego Costa

So far this season

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Aston Villa this season Chelsea this season
20 League Position 10
2 (1) (at home) Wins (away) 5 (5)
2-0 vs. Norwich Biggest win 5-1 vs. Newcastle
4 (3) (at home) Draws (away) 7 (4)
9 (12) (at home) Losses (away) 4 (5)
0-6 to Liverpool Biggest Defeat 0-3 to Man City
Ayew, Gestede (5) Top scorer Diego Costa (11)
Veretout (5) Assist Leader Diego Costa, Willian (5)
Y61, R1 Discipline Y46, R3
14 Failures to score 5
4 Clean Sheets 7
14 Both Teams to Score Games 18
13 Over 2.5 Games 18
18 Under 2.5 Games 11
  • The Villains have been losing at both half time and full time in their last 3 Premiership matches at Villa Park. They have conceded 25 goals in 15 home games.
  • The Blues are undefeated in their last 14 Premier League games. The last time they lost was 14th December 2015 (1-2 to Leicester City).
  • The Lions have won 51 of 140 matches against The Londoners. 32 of these games have been held at Villa Park in Birmingham.
  • Aston Villa have recorded only 3 victories in the last 15 matches between these two teams. In addition, Chelsea scored 7+ goals on two occasions.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
17/10/15 The Premier League Chelsea 2-0 Aston Villa Diego Costa 34′
07/02/15 The Premier League Aston Villa 1-2 Chelsea E. Hazard 8′
27/09/14 The Premier League Chelsea 3-0 Aston Villa Oscar 7′
15/03/14 The Premier League Aston Villa 1-0 Chelsea F. Delph 82′
21/08/13 The Premier League Chelsea 2-1 Aston Villa Luna (OG) 6′