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Post by Shed Mon Mar 10, 2014 3:46 am

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Chelsea will travel to the Midlands to face off against Aston Villa at
Villa Park on Saturday, Marth 15ᵗʰ
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Premier League Matchday 30 sees Chelsea travel to Villa Park to face off against Aston Villa in a fixture that's seen its share of drama in recent seasons. Apart from the 6-goal thriller played out there 2 years ago, the fixture last season was the one Chelsea sealed Champions League qualification in, via a pair of goals from Frank Lampard that saw him become the club's all-time highest goalscorer. A repeat of that kind of spectacle might be hard to expect this time around, but with Chelsea looking to maintain their place at the Premier League's summit, and Aston Villa looking in little danger of relegation at this point, a quality match could certainly be in store.





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The corresponding fixture last season, as mentioned, was the match that saw Chelsea clinch Champions League qualification with a 2-1 victory over their hosts. A stalemate with Spurs in the previous gameweek meant assuring a place in Europe's elite competition was to be put off another week, but a game against struggling Aston Villa 3 days later would provide the perfect opportunity for the Blues to finally seal the deal. It all appeared to be going awry, however, when Christian Benteke scored just 14 minutes in to put the home side unexpectedly ahead. Things got even worse for the visiting Blues when Ramires was shown a second yellow card on the stroke of halftime, and it all appeared to be going disastrously wrong for Rafa Benitez's men. They were given a boost and a shot of renewed confidence, however, when 13 minutes into the second half, Villa striker and opening goalscorer Christian Benteke was also sent off, and the game was numerically level once again. The Blues leveled up the score as well just 3 minutes later when Frank Lampard hit a wonderful effort to put his side on equal terms with their opponents and drag himself right next to Bobby Tambling as the club's joint-highest goalscorer in history. Some 25 minutes later, Lampard scored again, to edge both the Blues ahead of their counterparts on the day and himself in the annals in the club's history, officially becoming the Blues' all-time highest goalscorer to send the away crowd into euphoria.





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The reverse fixture this season in the second game of the young Premier League campaign also resulted in a 2-1 win for Chelsea. The Blues took the lead just 6 minutes in when Antonio Luna headed Eden Hazard's wicked cross into his own net. The visitors fought back, however, and equalised at the absolute death of first-half stoppage time through Christian Benteke. The Blues appeared to be headed for an unsatisfactory result once the 70th minute creeped up, and were probably lucky to still have 11 men on the pitch by that time, but managed to break through again with just over 15 minutes remaining through Branislav Ivanovic, to ultimately hand José Mourinho's men a vital 3 points.





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Aston Villa had the previous gameweek off due to their Matchday 29 fixture being against Manchester City, who participated in the FA Cup quarterfinals the same day, but Chelsea triumphed over a feckless Tottenham side at Stamford Bridge 4-0, via goals from Samuel Eto'o, Eden Hazard, and a brace from Demba Ba.





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Injured for the home side are striker Libor Kozák and centre-half Jores Okore, while Chelsea will be without defensive pair Ashley Cole and David Luiz, as well as Fernando Torres, who sustained an injury in the pre-match warm-up ahead of the Blues' eventual 4-0 thumping of Tottenham at Stamford Bridge after being named as a starter for the match.





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The match kicks off at 1730 GMT



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Post by Kick Mon Mar 10, 2014 3:52 am

Another week rest, I'd say play the same lineup as Spurs, but drop Ramires for Oscar and Perhaps Willian for Schurrle.

We should win this but I don't think it will be easy.
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Post by Shed Mon Mar 10, 2014 3:58 am

We always struggle in this fixture. Not going to be easy at all.
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Post by Kick Mon Mar 10, 2014 4:04 am

Except when we thrashed them 8 0.
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Post by Shed Mon Mar 10, 2014 4:09 am

Didn't realise that took place at Villa Park....


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Post by Kick Mon Mar 10, 2014 4:37 am

I thought you meant Villa in General.
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Post by Shed Mon Mar 10, 2014 4:40 am

I clearly said fixture Premier League - Aston Villa vs Chelsea 2276801876
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Post by Kick Mon Mar 10, 2014 4:40 am

Fixture does not always imply location, it simply implies which team we are facing.
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Post by Shed Mon Mar 10, 2014 4:41 am

Christ rofl
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Post by Kick Mon Mar 10, 2014 4:43 am

Regardless, we should win this.

I can see Villa trying to park the bus and playing out to Benteke so we should play Matic-Lampard in CM with Probably Schurrle, Hazard and Oscar infront. Eto'o up top and same defence. Try dominate play, allow Schurrle and Ivanovic to be our width and look for an early goal to kill them off.
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Post by Shed Mon Mar 10, 2014 4:47 am

We should be winning it, yea. Simply pointing out our record there in recent history is not good. 3 wins in our last 10 (albeit 2 of them in the last 2 visits - though we did make very hard work of even those even though they were battling relegation both seasons) and our record there under José is awful:

2004/05 — Draw
2005/06 — Draw
2006/07 — Draw
2007/08 — Loss
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Post by Kick Mon Mar 10, 2014 4:48 am

Oh wow. Crazy!
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Post by Shed Mon Mar 10, 2014 4:50 am

I rest my case :coffee: #omniscientshed
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Post by Kick Mon Mar 10, 2014 4:53 am

I thought we were agreeing, and neither of us had different cases? scratch
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Post by Shed Mon Mar 10, 2014 4:56 am

Don't try to rewrite history now, bucko Clubber
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Post by Uncanny Mon Mar 10, 2014 7:43 pm

This is going to be tough, everyone knows they can't slip up
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Post by Kick Fri Mar 14, 2014 11:07 pm

Shouldn't change much, I'd prefer to see Eto'o start with Ba on the bench.
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Post by Shed Sat Mar 15, 2014 4:33 pm

ASTON VILLA XI: Guzan, Bacuna, Vlaar, Baker, Bennett, Westwood, Delph, El Ahmadi, Weimann, Benteke, Agbonlahor
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Post by Shed Sat Mar 15, 2014 4:35 pm

CHELSEA XI: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Ramires, Matic; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Torres
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Post by Shed Sat Mar 15, 2014 4:37 pm

SUBS: Steer, Sylla, Holt, Clark, Albrighton, Lowton, Robinson


SUBS: Schwarzer, Kalas, Mikel, Lampard, Schurrle, Salah, Ba
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Post by Shed Sat Mar 15, 2014 4:40 pm

No idea why Eto'o's being seemingly rested for Gala and Torres starting today when the latter is clearly our best striker in Europe...
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Post by Abramovich Sat Mar 15, 2014 4:41 pm

Lul interesting... the 38 y.o needs rest Proud

Lets see how this Matic / Rambo combination works out.
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