Benitez on Aston Villa’s attitude:
“I don’t think it matters what happened in the game at Stamford Bridge. They want to win, they need to win.We’ve seen their last few games, they are doing well and it will be tough because they want to stay in the Premier League.”
Lambert’s not scared of Chelsea:
“I think everyone knows we have got players who can hurt teams. I’m pretty sure Chelsea will know we have guys on top of their game at the minute. The beauty of it is everybody apart from us and our fans expect Chelsea to win because of the team they are. But the onus is on us to make the running and we’re certainly playing well enough. We’ll see if we can hurt them.”
Match Difficulty Grade
A+ With Villa close to crossing the line of safety it’s perhaps not an ideal time to meet Chelsea, who seek a win to guarantee their own target – a Champions League place. While a point would be great in terms of taking matters into our own hands (instead of looking down the table), it will be a very tough match against the most in-form side of the Premier League.
Form is Temporary
Current Premier League form table (last six games) – Aston Villa – 5th / Chelsea – 1st
Aston Villa: Last five Premier League matches at home: W 2, D 1, L 2
Chelsea: Last five Premier League matches away: W 2, D 1, L2.
In the last five meetings at Villa Park, Villa have won once, drawn once and lost three times.
Facts to Sweep Under the Carpet
There are reasons to be cheerful at Villa Park after a run of good results, but our record against Chelsea is ominous. We’ve had some massive wins in the last few weeks but our home record has been a cause for concern – three wins in our last 11. In our last home game we inflicted a cricket score but we also saw that against Chelsea in December (it’s still a cause of nightmares for many) and although Villa have certainly improved, Chelsea’s confidence will be sky-high after getting to the Europa League final and winning at Old Trafford.
What We Pray the Football Gods Will Provide
Many feared the worst after our 8-0 loss as it seemed to undo the good work we’d done before that – a five game unbeaten run and a victory at Anfield. Credit where credit is due though, Lambert persevered with his team and we’re now 13th with an improved goal difference. Chelsea might be top of the form table, but Villa currently boast the form of a top-six side and won’t be shy of confidence with what looks likely to be a sold-out Villa crowd behind them. If we show the confidence that was evident against Sunderland we might be able to take something from the game.
Why Villa are Totally 100% Going to Win
At times it seems like Chelsea have a never-ending fixture list, and while they’ve impressed during their last few games signs of complacency and fatigue might be their downfall this Saturday. While Chelsea look forward to a final in Amsterdam in a few days time, Villa are under no illusions regarding the precarious position they are in. It’s nice for us fans to seek solace in the likelihood of the relegation battle mathematics but Lambert and his team won’t feel relaxed yet. We can be sure that Villa will give it a real go against Chelsea. UTV.
Like every football fan, I wish Petrov all the best with his retirement. A true Villa legend.
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