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 Post subject: 17/10 - Aston Villa V Chelsea
PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2009 8:24 am 
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Aston Villa v Chelsea (1245 BST)

Lots of these players have been on international duty and though it's not such a problem physically, I think mentally some of them might be a bit tired.

Chelsea's players were scattered all over the globe and I don't think this will turn out to be a classic. For the managers, it's just about getting through these types of games.

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 Post subject: Re: 17/10 - Aston Villa V Chelsea
PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2009 9:04 am 
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Aston Villa V Chelsea - Early Kick off

This will be a tight game after the internationals, i Believe, maybe wrongly, Chelsea have had more players on international duty and will have travelled further.

This season will be tough for Villa, last season they only really had Everton to contend with for the Europa League this year there is Manchester City in the mix as well as spurs and that makes them one of 8 or maybe more teams vying for the top 5 European places from the league, but of course there might be more depending on the results of the Cups. This must give them lots of pressure and it will be interesting to see how they do.

Chelsea are top of the league again after United stumbled at home to Sunderland and will want to ensure they will still be there at the end of the weekend but its a tough game away at Villa.

Mystic Jarv predicts a 1-1 draw


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 Post subject: Re: 17/10 - Aston Villa V Chelsea
PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2009 7:48 am 
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Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill must decide whether to give unsettled forward Emile Heskey his second league start of the season.

Defender Luke Young is in the squad for the first time this season but is unlikely to start.

Goalkeeper Petr Cech returns from suspension for Chelsea.

Michael Ballack is ruled out with an ankle injury sustained in a tackle by Chelsea team-mate Yury Zhirkov while on international duty.

Aston Villa

Suspended: None Doubtful: None

Injured: Davies (shoulder), Downing (foot)

Chelsea

Suspended: None Doubtful: Bosingwa (hamstring)

Injured: Ballack & Mikel (ankle)
MATCH PREVIEW

An unsurpassed five players from each of these clubs appeared in England's successful World Cup qualifying campaign, but the disparate levels of their involvement illustrate why Villa are pretenders and Chelsea contenders.

Chelsea have been going brilliantly...but we are capable of upsetting them this weekend

Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill

While John Terry, Frank Lampard and Ashley and Joe Cole all have more than 50 caps, Villa's key trio of Gabby Agbonlahor, James Milner and Ashley Young have yet to complete a full game for their country. Villa's only England regular, Emile Heskey, is out of favour with his club.

Villa were above Chelsea in the table when they last met, at Villa Park in February, but the home side's aspirations of a top-four finish were given a slow puncture by Nicolas Anelka's winner.

It was a more positive turning point for Chelsea, who have since lost just two domestic games and will kick-off as league leaders.

However, Villa have in spades what Chelsea lack: natural width. To expose the flaw in the visitors' midfield diamond, Villa must use the aces in their pack - wingers Milner and Young. Fabio Capello will watch with interest.


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 Post subject: Re: 17/10 - Aston Villa V Chelsea
PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2009 1:28 pm 
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1-1 at the moment, looks like a fairly entertaining game - Drogba and Dunne with the goals.

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 Post subject: Re: 17/10 - Aston Villa V Chelsea
PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2009 2:47 pm 
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FT: Aston Villa 2-1 Chelsea

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 Post subject: Re: 17/10 - Aston Villa V Chelsea
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that will do me, and with atleast 14 fantasy footie points, not a bad day so far

Aston Villa 2 - 1 Chelsea

Aston Villa delivered a major blow to Chelsea's title ambitions as the Premier League leaders went down meekly to two headed goals from corners.

Taking the lead when Brad Friedel failed to deal with a speculative long-range effort from Didier Drogba, Chelsea could not capitalise.

Ashley Young's corners, delivered from the left, were dealt with poorly by Chelsea's defenders throughout.

And with Richard Dunne converting one, and James Collins the other, Villa won.

Chelsea's second defeat of the campaign will give plenty of heart to the teams chasing them at the top of the Premier League ladder, while Villa leap-frogged Arsenal and Liverpool with this result, to take temporary ownership of fifth place.

Emile Heskey was again confined to the subs' bench by Martin O'Neill, who kept faith with the side which drew against Manchester City, while Chelsea made three changes to the line-up which defeated Liverpool 2-0 a fortnight ago.

Goalkeeper Petr Cech returned from suspension, Florent Malouda came in for the injured Michael Ballack and Jose Bosingwa recovered from a hamstring setback to take over from Branislav Ivanovic.

After a quiet opening 10 minutes, the game exploded into life when emergency referee Kevin Friend, hauled into the hot seat at the last minute when Steve Bennett was indisposed, waved away Villa appeals for a penalty.

On closer inspection, Bosingwa had wrapped his arm all over Gabriel Agbonlahor's shoulder, preventing him from capitalising on Stilyan Petrov's cross with only Petr Cech to beat - so Chelsea could easily have been 1-0 down, with just 10 men on the pitch for the rest of the match.

Instead, Chelsea poured forward, James Milner denying Florent Malouda with a smart tackle. But on their next attack the west London club took the lead.

Drogba skilfully turned Collins, but was still around 30 yards out when firing his shot at the Villa goal.

Friedel should have had the effort comfortably covered, but the 38-year-old American was deceived by the dip and bounce of the shot, and had to hide his embarrassment as he picked the ball out of the back of his net.

Chelsea, no doubt fortified by the goal, tended to offer more in the way of a threat going forward - so it was a bit of a surprise to see Villa grab an equaliser.

It had an element of fortune about it, as Frank Lampard's attempted clearing header from Young's corner served up a chance on a silver platter for Dunne. The Republic of Ireland defender buried his header from close range.

But Chelsea now produced their best football of the half. Friedel, atoning for his earlier error, had to back-pedal furiously to tip a cheeky chip from the consistently excellent Deco over the top right-hand corner.

And a neat move of short passes played across the edge of the Villa area presented Drogba with an excellent chance, whereupon Collins produced a terrific block, throwing his body into the path of the shot.

The Blues' defence was found wanting early in the second half, however, when another corner from Young proved too much to deal with.

This time the winger picked out Collins on the far post, who was given vast swathes of undefended territory in which to rise up to nod the ball down, back across goal and into the net.

John Terry reacted by jumping around the box like a toddler with a tantrum, but the only way Chelsea could respond was to attack once again.

The danger signs were posted when Deco, and then Malouda, failed to test Friedel adequately when each was given an excellent chance to equalise.

Though they were now dealing with scraps of possession, with 18 minutes to go, Villa had a chance to go 3-1 up. Young swept a beautiful pass from deep on the left flank to Milner on the right. But his lay-off to John Carew was hit over Cech's bar.

Friedel made his third vitally important save of the half when denying Nicolas Anelka, but Deco and Lampard were giving Villa plenty more nervous moments, before Heskey came on to replace Carew for the final few minutes.

Chelsea, who had already replaced Bosingwa with Ivanovic, now sent on Joe Cole for Malouda but seemed to lose their shape as their hunt for an equaliser grew more desperate.

The excitement of the home fans steadily grew and in the three minutes of time added on, there was nothing to scare them.

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 Post subject: Re: 17/10 - Aston Villa V Chelsea
PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2009 10:48 pm 
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JT's tantrum as Villa took the lead, brilliant :D

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 Post subject: Re: 17/10 - Aston Villa V Chelsea
PostPosted: Sun Oct 18, 2009 1:13 am 
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I reckon you will lose 2-1 tbh mate......infact id bet on it :) :winkkiss:


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 Post subject: Re: 17/10 - Aston Villa V Chelsea
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P.S id like to see Quaresma too :) Mourinhos playing him a bit.......at Inter :|


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 Post subject: Re: 17/10 - Aston Villa V Chelsea
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 Post subject: Re: 17/10 - Aston Villa V Chelsea
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I just want it logged... Petr Cech :no:

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 Post subject: Re: 17/10 - Aston Villa V Chelsea
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Cech isnt very good anymore.

Hasnt been for at least a year..at the very least anyway.

Still seems to get into the "top 3 keepers lists" and stuff though..seems to be purely based on his name.

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 Post subject: Re: 17/10 - Aston Villa V Chelsea
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Cech isnt very good anymore.

Hasnt been for at least a year..at the very least anyway.

Still seems to get into the "top 3 keepers lists" and stuff though..seems to be purely based on his name.


Yah herr Cech is kaputt! Been obvious for 18 months...

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