With the imminent exit from the top four and cementing of relegation form bot Chelsea and Aston Villa, respectively, the Villa Park will be a battleground for both teams. The match schedules for 14th March with kickoff at 20:30 GMT.
Chelsea will be facing an uphill battle as they head to the Allianz Arena for the second league of the knockout stages of the Champions League. This follows a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich. Before the clash, Coach Lampard will have to fend off the last clutching straws from side Aston Villa who are rooted in the relegation zone.
A 4-0 thrashing of Everton at the hands of the Blues will set the ball rolling for the side’s heavy fixtures. Frank Lampard is facing a hard time as a head coach, especially with the matches rolling in thick and fast. With the number of injuries piling up, it is going to be a hard battle for the side to pull through.
Aston Villa is deep in the relegation while falling to record a win in their last four games ending in losses. Dean Smith has been under heavy criticism, especially after the 4-0 defeat to side Leicester City. Will this march mark the comeback for the side in the league?
Aston Villa vs. Chelsea Head to Head
Both sides have met 24 times in league with the Blues taking home 14 wins while Aston Villa contends with four wins. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
Chelsea 2-1 Aston Villa
Aston Villa 0-4 Chelsea
Chelsea 2-0 Aston Villa
Aston Villa 1-2 Chelsea
Chelsea 3-0 Aston Villa
Aston Villa 1-0 Chelsea
Chelsea 2-1 Aston Villa
Chelsea 1-3 Aston Villa
Aston Villa Team News
The injury of center forward Wesley came as a big blow to Dean Smith at the beginning of the year. The skipper continues nursing the cruciate ligament rupture with an expected return in July. New signing Mbwana Samatta is finding form in the League after sealing three goals to date.
Chelsea Team News
There is the contention of the future of 31-year-old winger Willian whose contract expires in the summer. The summer is yet to sign a contract extension and set for a summer move. In replacement, Christian Pulisic remains on the sidelines with an injury
Young star Gilmour is eliciting a lot of interest from several top clubs after a series of brilliance performances for the teenager.
Prediction and Odds
Chelsea will not be letting their title hopes slip even amid a massive Champions League battle.
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