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The referee brings the game to a close.
Effort from inside the six-yard box by Nigel Reo-Coker goes wide right of the target.
Jose Bosingwa is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Brad Friedel.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Ashley Young, save made by Petr Cech.
Nicolas Anelka takes a shot.
Shot from inside the area by Ashley Cole clears the bar.
Florent Malouda takes a shot. Habib Beye gets a block in.
Joshua McEachran takes a shot. James Collins gets a block in.
The referee blows for offside against Steve Sidwell. Free kick taken by Petr Cech.
Ashley Cole challenges Ashley Young unfairly and gives away a free kick. James Collins takes the free kick.
Steve Sidwell joins the action as a substitute, replacing Stephen Ireland.
Joshua McEachran concedes a free kick for a foul on Habib Beye. Brad Friedel takes the free kick. The referee shows Joshua McEachran a yellow card.
Joshua McEachran gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen Ireland. Nigel Reo-Coker takes the free kick.
Ashley Young gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jose Bosingwa. Ashley Young booked for dissent. Florent Malouda crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Branislav Ivanovic concedes a free kick for a foul on Ashley Young. Ashley Young crosses the ball, Header by Ciaran Clark from inside the area hits the post.
Florent Malouda takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Branislav Ivanovic produces a header from deep inside the area and strikes the post.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nicolas Anelka by Ciaran Clark. Michael Essien restarts play with the free kick.
Ramires leaves the field to be replaced by Joshua McEachran.
Jose Bosingwa comes on in place of Paulo Ferreira.
Ciaran Clark goes into the book.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Stewart Downing, Florent Malouda makes a clearance.
John Carew goes off and Nathan Delfouneso comes on.
Foul by James Collins on Michael Essien, free kick awarded. Mikel takes the free kick.
James Collins takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Essien.
Short corner taken by Stewart Downing from the right by-line.
Corner taken by Ashley Young.
Stephen Ireland goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
Effort from inside the area by Nicolas Anelka misses to the left of the target.
Unfair challenge on Stephen Ireland by Mikel results in a free kick. Free kick taken by James Collins.
Stephen Warnock gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nicolas Anelka. Stephen Warnock is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Free kick crossed left-footed by Florent Malouda from right wing.
A cross is delivered by Florent Malouda, Brad Friedel makes a save.
Michael Essien takes a shot. Save by Brad Friedel.
Free kick awarded for a foul by John Terry on Ashley Young. James Collins restarts play with the free kick. John Terry is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
Nicolas Anelka takes a shot. Brad Friedel makes a save.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stiliyan Petrov by Florent Malouda. James Collins takes the free kick.
John Carew gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Terry. Petr Cech restarts play with the free kick.
Florent Malouda takes a shot. Save made by Brad Friedel.
Yuri Zhirkov comes on in place of Gael Kakuta.
Corner taken by Ashley Young, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by James Collins goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Corner taken by Ashley Young played to the near post, Ramires manages to make a clearance.
The official flags John Carew offside. Paulo Ferreira takes the indirect free kick.
Stiliyan Petrov concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Essien. Florent Malouda crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Stephen Warnock.
Header from deep inside the penalty area by Stephen Ireland goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Stephen Ireland takes a shot. Branislav Ivanovic gets a block in.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Nicolas Anelka. Indirect free kick taken by Brad Friedel.
The referee blows for offside. James Collins takes the free kick.
Nicolas Anelka has an effort at goal from long distance that goes wide left of the target.
Outswinging corner taken by Florent Malouda from the left by-line, Gael Kakuta produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.
Nigel Reo-Coker concedes a free kick for a foul on Branislav Ivanovic. Petr Cech takes the direct free kick.
Florent Malouda takes a outswinging corner to the near post, clearance by Ciaran Clark.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ashley Young on Paulo Ferreira. Free kick crossed left-footed by Gael Kakuta from right wing, Stiliyan Petrov makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Stiliyan Petrov on Ramires. Michael Essien takes the direct free kick.
Stiliyan Petrov has an effort at goal from long range that misses to the left of the goal.
Corner taken left-footed by Stewart Downing, John Carew takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.
Corner taken by Stewart Downing from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Nicolas Anelka.
Stiliyan Petrov takes a shot. Ramires gets a block in.
Gael Kakuta has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Florent Malouda decides to take a short corner.
Florent Malouda takes a short corner.
Michael Essien concedes a free kick for a foul on Stiliyan Petrov. James Collins restarts play with the free kick. Caution for Michael Essien. Ciaran Clark is brought on as a substitute for Richard Dunne.
Unfair challenge on Stiliyan Petrov by Gael Kakuta results in a free kick. James Collins restarts play with the free kick.
Ashley Cole gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stiliyan Petrov. Direct free kick taken by Nigel Reo-Coker.
Ashley Young gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paulo Ferreira. Branislav Ivanovic takes the free kick.
Corner taken by Stewart Downing from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Nicolas Anelka.
John Carew takes a shot. Petr Cech makes a save.
Stephen Warnock crosses the ball, save by Petr Cech.
Branislav Ivanovic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Carew. Direct free kick taken by Stiliyan Petrov.
The official flags Nicolas Anelka offside. Brad Friedel takes the free kick.
Effort from deep inside the area by Stephen Ireland misses to the left of the goal.
Stiliyan Petrov challenges Branislav Ivanovic unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Branislav Ivanovic.
The game begins.
The players leave the pitch at half time.
The game restarts for the second half.
Collins confident of Chelsea repeat
James Collins believes Aston Villa can pull off a repeat of last season's victory over Chelsea when they face Carlo Ancelotti's men in the Barclays Premier League.
Central defender Collins scored the winning goal when Villa triumphed 2-1 over the Blues in the corresponding fixture 12 months ago.
Collins knows Villa face an uphill task after losing heavily to Chelsea in subsequent encounters last term, going down 7-1 at Stamford Bridge in March and suffering a 3-0 loss in the FA Cup semi-finals.
But the Wales international feels the omens are good for another impressive display against the reigning champions.
"It's a similar situation to last time as we played them just after international duty last season," said Collins.
"You know it's going to be a tough game against them but on the day we were superb.
"It was a good performance and topped off with a winning goal for myself. I had all my family there and to get a win was unbelievable.
"I remember the last couple of minutes hanging on when we were under attack.
"Hopefully we can do the same again. You've got to look back on the way you played any time you beat Chelsea."
Chelsea's injury crisis deepened ahead of the crucial clash at Aston Villa after the loss of striker Didier Drogba with a fever and mystery surrounding Yossi Benayoun's Achilles rupture.
England midfielder Frank Lampard has failed to recover from his groin problem and although captain John Terry is fit again, the Blues are without Alex, Benayoun, Daniel Sturridge and Salomon Kalou.
Terry has recovered from the back injury that forced his withdrawal from the England squad for their 2012 Euro Championships qualifier against Montenegro and will play.
But Chelsea insist that MRI scans showed midfielder Benayoun had no tear in his Achilles when he left the club for an international call-up with Israel.
Benayoun will travel to Finland this weekend for an operation on Monday that will rule him out for up to six months after the full extent of his injury was diagnosed by Israel's team doctor in Tel Aviv last week.
Benayoun sustained the injury in the Carling Cup defeat by Newcastle earlier this month but Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti insisted scans showed no damage to the player's Achilles when he left England.
"We are sure that, when he left England, he did not have a tear in his tendon," said Ancelotti. "We are sure of this. He had a calf problem.
"The MRI showed this problem, but the tendon was clear. He had a problem at the start of the season with inflammation on his tendon, had treatment and came back to play for us and the national team.
"I don't know what happened afterwards. Now he has to have surgery and we're disappointed because we've lost a very good player. He was improving in the last game, but now this is the situation.
"I don't know what happened after he left England. I haven't asked him because I haven't seen him. I trust my doctor at this club, and we are sure he didn't have a tear on his tendon when he left England.
"When he left this club to go and play for Israel, his Achilles tendon did not have a problem."
A spokesman for Chelsea added: "When we released him for the national team, he wasn't clear to play. Our scans still showed that he had some healing to go, still."
But Ancelotti laughed off suggestions he was facing a crisis in the treatment room while confirming that Lampard and Drogba would miss the trip to Villa Park.
"Frank is not available, Drogba is not available, Sturridge, Kalou, Alex, Benayoun are not available.
"Frank is getting better, but he needs maybe two weeks to be 100% fit. He had a problem on his adductor and we have to pay attention to that.
"He is working individually but he needs to have another two weeks. It's getting better. It wasn't an easy injury but I'm not a doctor. We have to speak with the doctor, who can be more precise.
"Drogba had a fever this week, all week, and wasn't able to train. He started training today (on Friday), but he's not fit. He took antibiotics in the last few days, and will need to train next week."
Villa frustrate Blues
Nicolas Anelka was denied a dramatic late winner by the woodwork as Aston Villa maintained their impressive home record against Chelsea with a goalless draw.
Anelka could have earned the Blues only their second league win in the last 12 visits to Villa Park but his downward header from Ashley Cole's header bounced up and against the crossbar.
It would have been rough justice on Villa who had done enough to earn at least a share of the spoils - and should themselves have won the game in injury time as Nigel Reo-Coker shot wide when one-on-one with keeper Petr Cech.
Villa missed a great chance to open the scoring through Stephen Ireland after three minutes.
Stewart Downing made a good break down the right flank and his low ball picked out the run of Ireland who took the ball in his stride. The former Manchester City player's cross-shot beat the dive of Cech but flew inches wide of the far post.
Villa dominated the early stages and Cech produced a fine save to deny John Carew.
Stephen Warnock won the ball off Ramires and it ricocheted straight into the path of the Norway striker. He cut inside before drilling a low shot which Cech fingertipped around the post.
Paolo Ferreira then made a fine tackle to deny Carew another shooting opportunity after Ashley Young had threaded the ball into his path.
Villa were forced into a substitution after 13 minutes when Richard Dunne did not reappear after going down the tunnel for treatment following a challenge by Ramires.
He was replaced by youngster Ciaran Clark rather than the experienced Carlos Cuellar.
Michael Essien became the first player to be booked for bringing down Villa skipper Stiliyan Petrov.
Villa were soon back on offensive and Petrov had a shot deflected wide after Ireland had teed him up on the edge of the Chelsea box.
Chelsea started to enjoy a fair slice of possession and Mikel had the their first on target attempt after 33 minutes although it was comfortably dealt with by Villa keeper Brad Friedel
But in a Villa counter-attack Branislav Ivanovic threw his body forward to block a fierce drive from Ireland 20 yards out.
Ancelotti made a half-time switch with the ineffective Kakuta replaced by Yuri Zhirkov.
There was more urgency about the visitors' play in the early part of the second half.
Malouda warmed the palms of Friedel with a powerful 25-yard drive, although he had his body right behind the shot.
A long ball played in Anelka behind the Villa defence and, after he had cut back inside, his low shot was blocked by the legs of Friedel.
Clark then got a vital touch on a cross from Zhirkov with Anelka unmarked behind him.
Terry was yellow-carded after 59 minutes for a heavy challenge on Young and Warnock was booked for a mistimed challenge on Anelka six minutes later.
The bookings were now coming thick and fast and Ireland was cautioned for hauling down Malouda in a Chelsea counter-attack.
Ivanovic came close to breaking the deadlock after 77 minutes when he powered his header against the near post from Malouda's corner.
But then the woodwork came to Chelsea's rescue when Young's free-kick hit the back of Terry's head and then deflected off Clark onto a post.
Young was yellow-carded for dissent after protesting too much at a free-kick awarded against him for fouling Jose Bosingwa.
Then Chelsea substitute Josh McEachran was booked for a challenge on Habib Beye.
Anelka headed against the bar from Cole's cross in the last minute of normal time.
Then, with almost the last kick, Reo-Coker found himself in space but lacked the necessary composure and shot wide, ensuring the match ended goalless.
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