Aston Villa vs Chelsea Live Stream and Highlights
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Date: May 11, 2013; Time: 12:45 PM BST;
Venue: Villa Park — Birmingham.
The Blues will be looking for 3 points to secure top-four place. Paul Lambert’s team could ensure survival with a win over Chelsea, but the Villans will aim to avoid a repeat of December’s 8-0 loss. Both clubs still have what to fight for at the top and bottom of the Premier League.
Aston Villa sits 13th in the EPL table with 40 points from 36 games, having 10 wins, 10 draws and 16 defeats so far this season. The Villans are now 5 points clear of the relegation zone with just 2 games to play. Their present form has seen W,D,L,W,W from last five games. Last five home matches The Villans have finished with L,W,L,D,W. Aston Villa are one of the four clubs, that could be dropped to the relegation zone. Their best forward Christian Benteke has 18 goals in 33 appearances. Aston Villa beat Norwich 1-2 last weekend.
Chelsea goes 3rd in the league table with 69 points from 36 games, having 20 wins, 9 draws and 7 losses so far this season. The Blues have a 2 point advantage over 4th-placed Arsenal and a 3 points lead over 5th-placed Tottenham. Their present form has seen W,W,W,W,D from last five games. Last five away matches the Blues have finished with L,W,D,W,W. Chelsea managed a 2-2 draw with Tottenham in midweek. Rafa Benitez secured a place in Europa League final and has Champions League places in his own hands.
Paul Lambert could play with the same squad that managed a 2-1 victory over Norwich. But, Matt Lowton is under doubt due to a thigh injury. Marc Albrighton has an ankle injury, Richard Dunne has a groin problem, Gary Gardner is out with ACL and Chris Herd has an ankle injury.
Interim coach Rafa Benitez could make some changes in the squad. So, John Terry, Frank Lampard, Victor Moses and Demba Ba could replace Gary Cahill, David Luiz, Eden Hazard and Fernando Torres. Chelsea will have to play without Ryan Bertrand due to knee problem, Jon Obi Mikel hand cause of injury and Hazard due to calf injury. Oriol Romeu could recover from December’s knee injury.
Aston Villa line-up: Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar, Baker, Bennett, Westwood, Delph, Sylla, Agbonlahor, Benteke, Weimann.
Last three matches:
Norwich City 1 – Aston Villa 2;
Aston Villa 6 – Sunderland 1;
Manchester United 3 – Aston Villa 0.
Chelsea line-up: Cech, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole, Lampard, Ramires, Moses, Mata, Oscar, Ba.
Last three matches:
Chelsea FC 2 – Tottenham 2;
Manchester United 0 – Chelsea FC 1;
Chelsea FC 3 – Basel 1.