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Aston Villa vs Chelsea preview: Benteke to the rescue?


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Premier League leaders Chelsea will travel to Villa Park on Saturday, with Paul Lambert's side out to avenge their controversial defeat to the Blues back in August.

Villa went down 2-1 at Stamford Bridge in a feisty encounter that left the players feeling mightily aggrieved following a number of questionable decisions from referee Kevin Friend.

Now with only 6 points separating them from the relegation zone, Villa need to keep up their good form following the 4-1 win over Norwich at the beginning of the month.

But they will have to be at their best to oust Jose Mourinho's side, and will also be hoping for a little justice in this return fixture.

Striker Andreas Weimann is eager to set the record straight this weekend:

“We definitely should have got something out of the game down there because we played really well,” Weimann told the Mirror,

“Hopefully we can do that again and get what we deserve this time.

“They are top of the league now so everyone is looking to catch them and we hope we will be able to take points off them.

“I think, attacking-wise, if we are on our game we can hurt anyone and we’ll look to do that against Chelsea.”

Gabby Agbonlahor knows it will be a stern ask to defeat Chelsea, but insists the players are up for the fight,

“We have to be on top of our performance to get anything,”  he told the Birmingham Mail,

“We’re looking forward to it because they are the games players want to play in."

Villa have lost their last four matches against Chelsea, and only won one of their last eight. Christian Benteke could be the key man once again for Villa however, with the Belgian having scored in two of his three Premier League appearances against the Blues.

The 23-year-old has endured a stop/start season so far, but has seemingly rediscovered his goalscoring touch ahead of the World Cup 2014 this summer, with his brace against Norwich giving him five goals from his last eight games.

Benteke is expected by several bookmakers such as completebetting.com to fire Belgium to the top of their World Cup group, and his timely return to form will help Villa as well.

The on loan Ryan Bertrand is unavailable to play against his parent club, with Lambert set to call upon Joe Bennett or Antonio Luna to deputise.

What do you think? Can Villa best Chelsea on Saturday?

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Chelsea have now got into their stride, and although there are often upsets, especially when a team are big favourites to win, it is unlikely that we can beat them.

However, if the occasionally brilliant Villa team turns up, you just do not know what might happen.

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I think it's totally impossible to predict how Villa will do. Could be brilliant and tear Chelsea to pieces; could be pathetic and concede 2 or 3 soft goals; could go into their shell and try to play for a 0-0 draw, conceding to a late Lampard goal.

 

The only thing to do is wait and see.

 

Mind you, when Gabby says

 

 

 

We’re looking forward to it because they are the games players want to play in.

Does that maybe explain some of our performances against clubs we should have been able to beat? Just Big Game players?

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