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Chelsea much better away from home this season. Dare we expect to take something from this game?

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When we played Derby last season, Smith outthought Lampard throughout. Obviously Chelsea have better players than Derby did but I’m thinking Smith could still out do him. I go into it in confidence, just a shame Guilbert is missing  as his overlapping play is so effective 

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Tammy is out yes? That means either Giroud or Batshuayi up front right?

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Well sorry guys kiss of death from me as I've had a punt on us, couldn't resist at 9/1

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It's time for Smith to beat Lampard for the 3rd time in a row.

I know i don't usually say this, but I got a good feeling about this.

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will be tough, they've had a disappointing home defeat already and an extra day off, if we get something from this, I'll be impressed, and I believe it is possible, but I just feel this will be a loss this time. 2-1 Chelsea. 

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I’ve read somewhere that Tammy will have recovered from his hip injury, so expected to play. It’s another tough game, but the fact Deano has beaten Lampard 3 times head to head gives me a little hope. 
 

This is live on Amazon Prime, so at least I can watch it properly. 

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Would anyone be against Jack playing as a number 8 on Wednesday? I'd prefer using Trez on the left side, his best position.

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4 minutes ago, villalad21 said:

Would anyone be against Jack playing as a number 8 on Wednesday? I'd prefer using Trez on the left side, his best position.

Is El Ghazi going to be fit until then?

If not who should we play on the right?

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4 minutes ago, villalad21 said:

Would anyone be against Jack playing as a number 8 on Wednesday? I'd prefer using Trez on the left side, his best position.

Who would play on the right if El Ghazi is injured? 

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I suspect we’ll see a bit of rotation here. Nakamba to come back in, Elmo in place of Guilbert and possibly Engles in for Konsa. Apart from that, the rest should stay the same. 

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4 minutes ago, It's Your Round said:

Who would play on the right if El Ghazi is injured? 

Jota possibly

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2 minutes ago, villalad21 said:

Jota possibly

Potentially he could be ready. I’d keep Jack where he is though and look to bring Jota on if we need a goal later on. 

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We have a great chance in this game.  I assume Lampard’s losing record to us as a manager will be all over Sky etc, like the other irrelevant stat that Grealish hadn’t won a PL game in a hundred years that they wouldn't shut up about at the start of the season. 

0-2 Villa. Clean sheet away from home overdue.

 

 

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3 hours ago, villalad21 said:

Jota possibly

God no! Jack left Trez right! Nakamba back as DM Luiz left of him McGinn right, and Elmo in for Guilbert.

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33 minutes ago, zab6359 said:

God no! Jack left Trez right! Nakamba back as DM Luiz left of him McGinn right, and Elmo in for Guilbert.

Exactly my thoughts. I don't think Jota is anywhere near this level personally - too slow and too weak and far too one footed. I'd select exactly the midfield you selected, though Hourihane or Luiz you could go with either. 

 

Guilbert missing will be tough for us but Elmo should hopefully do a solid, if unspectacular, job. 

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9 minutes ago, VillaFaninLondon said:

Jota is anywhere near this level personally

Real shame if true.

We all thought he were possibly the best signing during Pre season.

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