Sunday, January 2, 2011
Chelsea are slowly losing contact with United, City and Arsenal as all three of the big guns have recorded wins this round. Villa have been contending with many injuries, as well as a number of signing who have failed to make an impact on the club.
Chelsea Team News: As has been the case fore a long time now, Chelsea will be without Brazillian Alex at the back. Ivanovic is suspended, while horrid performances from many Chelsea defenders has given Ancelotti a reason to consider playing Jeffrey Bruma. The 19 year old will see the game as a debut as he has not experienced any Premier League action before.
Aston Villa: A long list of injuries once again depletes the Villa line up. However fans will be pleased that Heskey and Young will return, although it is likely that they may make a start on the bench. The other Young in the squad, Luke, is out through injury and will not feature.
Chelsea will be under pressure to perform, especially as all the teams sitting above them on the table have recorded weekend victories. A string of injuries to both teams will see unusual lineups, although Chelsea may just hold off a late Villa charge.
Match Prediction: Chelsea 2 - Aston Villa 1