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Sunday, 02 January 2011

Chelsea v Aston Villa: Another Blue day in store for Houllier's men


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Aston Villa return to the scene of their biggest thrashing last season and the smart money is on another high scoring defeat for the Villains. Chelsea may have beaten Bolton in midweek but they are far from being the cohesive, offensively dominate side that they were at the start of the campaign. In saying that though, Villa’s recent record at Stamford Bridge should ensure the points remain in west London this afternoon.

Chelsea put seven past Villa last season and, although I can’t see the Blues repeating that score, I can’t see anything but a Chelsea win. Villa have lost their past three away games in the league to Blackburn, Liverpool and Manchester City without scoring a goal, haven’t won at Stamford Bridge for eight years while Chelsea have lost just once at home all season.

The Blues have lost their way in recent weeks but once Lampard, Drogba and Essien hit form Carlo Ancelotti’s men will be a force to be reckoned with. Chelsea will treat Villa with the utmost respect but they will also be looking to put the knife in the under-fire Gerard Houllier.

Chelsea v Aston Villa; Kick Off 1.30pm January 2 2011

Prediction Panel

Arsenal

Don McMahon

1

V

0

Aston Villa

Lynette Ranson    

2    

V    

2

Birmingham

Steve Coulter

2

V

0

Blackburn

Terry Kennedy

2

V

0

Blackpool

Phil Trow

2

V

1

Bolton

Dave Blackburn

2

V

0

Chelsea

Joe Tyler

2

V

0

Everton

Chris Goodwin

2

V

1

Fulham

Russell Goldman

2

V

1

Liverpool

Mark Williams

3

V

0

Man City

Callum Rothwell

1

V

0

Man Utd

Peter Lee

2

V

0

Newcastle

Michael Stout

2

V

1

Stoke City

Philip Eccleston

3

V

1

Sunderland

Tony Ratton

2

V

1

Tottenham

Dave Nash

0

V

0

West Brom

Andy Wakeman

3

V

0

West Ham

Nigel Telfer

2

V

1

Wigan

Alan Moore

2

V

1

Wolves

Chris Cox

3

V

0

 

 

 

 

 

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Editor

Antony Melvin

2

V

0

Writer

Colin Illingworth

4

V

0

Writer

Hugh Larkin

4

V

1

Writer

Paul Grech

0

V

0

Pompey fan

Dan Taylor

1

V

0

Boro fan

Sue Gardener

3

V

3

Pompey fan

Peter Rendle

3

V

0

West Ham fan

Matthew Beeby

3

V

0

 

Panel Verdict

Chelsea are tipped for all three points.

Home: 24; Draw: 4; Away: 0.

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