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  • Date:31 Mar 2012
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Villa Park
  • Attendance:34,740
  • Collins (76) Lichaj (79)
  • Sturridge (8) Ivanovic (50)
    Ivanovic (82) Torres (90)
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92mins

Fernando Torres fires in a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Aston Villa 2-4 Chelsea.The assist for the goal came from Daniel Sturridge.

91mins

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Barry Bannan.

90mins

Unfair challenge on Emile Heskey by Florent Malouda results in a free kick. Barry Bannan shoots direct from the free kick, save by Petr Cech.

89mins

Handball by Emile Heskey. Petr Cech takes the free kick.

86mins

A cross is delivered by Marc Albrighton, Branislav Ivanovic makes a clearance.

85mins

Emile Heskey takes a shot. Save made by Petr Cech.

83mins

Corner taken by Florent Malouda from the left by-line, Branislav Ivanovic finds the net with a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Aston Villa 2-3 Chelsea.The assist for the goal came from Fernando Torres.

82mins

Gabriel Agbonlahor concedes a free kick for a foul on John Terry. Petr Cech takes the direct free kick.

82mins

Emile Heskey comes on in place of Andreas Weimann.

80mins

Eric Lichaj fires in a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Aston Villa 2-2 Chelsea.The assist for the goal came from Marc Albrighton.

78mins

The ball is swung over by Marc Albrighton, clearance by Gary Cahill.

77mins

James Collins finds the net with a headed goal from deep inside the penalty area. Aston Villa 1-2 Chelsea.Assist by Eric Lichaj.

75mins

Foul by Andreas Weimann on Daniel Sturridge, free kick awarded. Mikel restarts play with the free kick.

74mins

Gary Cahill fouled by Gabriel Agbonlahor, the ref awards a free kick. Juan Mata goes off and Florent Malouda comes on. Petr Cech takes the free kick.

72mins

Branislav Ivanovic sends in a cross, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Fernando Torres misses to the left of the goal.

70mins

Marc Albrighton on for Chris Herd.

69mins

The ball is delivered by Stephen Ireland.

67mins

A cross is delivered by Stephen Warnock, clearance made by Mikel.

64mins

Corner taken right-footed by Frank Lampard, clearance made by James Collins.

63mins

Foul by Eric Lichaj on Juan Mata, free kick awarded. Ashley Cole delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, Nathan Baker manages to make a clearance.

62mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Juan Mata by Eric Lichaj. Free kick taken by Ashley Cole.

61mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Eric Lichaj on Daniel Sturridge. Ashley Cole takes the free kick.

58mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by James Collins on Fernando Torres. (Chelsea) makes a substitution, with Ramires coming on for Salomon Kalou. Juan Mata shoots direct from the free kick.

57mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John Terry by Stephen Warnock. Booking for Stephen Warnock. Petr Cech takes the direct free kick.

57mins

Gabriel Agbonlahor produces a cross, Branislav Ivanovic manages to make a clearance.

57mins

Fernando Torres is caught offside. James Collins restarts play with the free kick.

56mins

Unfair challenge on Stephen Warnock by Juan Mata results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Warnock.

54mins

Gabriel Agbonlahor concedes a free kick for a foul on Branislav Ivanovic. Direct free kick taken by Mikel.

51mins

Outswinging corner taken by Juan Mata from the left by-line played to the near post, A goal is scored by Branislav Ivanovic from close range high into the middle of the goal. Aston Villa 0-2 Chelsea.Assist on the goal came from Juan Mata.

49mins

The ball is crossed by Barry Bannan, John Terry manages to make a clearance.

47mins

Gabriel Agbonlahor has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.

46mins

Daniel Sturridge concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary Gardner. Direct free kick taken by Gary Gardner.

46mins

Gary Cahill joins the action as a substitute, replacing David Luiz.

46mins

Fernando Torres is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Shay Given.

45mins

Floated corner taken by Barry Bannan, Close range header by James Collins goes over the crossbar.

43mins

Corner from right by-line taken by Barry Bannan.

43mins

Shot by Gabriel Agbonlahor. Save made by Petr Cech.

42mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephen Ireland by Frank Lampard. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Warnock.

41mins

Salomon Kalou is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Shay Given.

38mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Salomon Kalou by Eric Lichaj. Free kick taken by Ashley Cole.

35mins

Foul by Andreas Weimann on Mikel, free kick awarded. John Terry restarts play with the free kick.

34mins

Effort on goal by Daniel Sturridge from 20 yards. Save by Shay Given.

34mins

The ball is crossed by Eric Lichaj.

32mins

Outswinging corner taken by Barry Bannan from the left by-line, Nathan Baker produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.

32mins

Gabriel Agbonlahor sends in a cross, Ashley Cole manages to make a clearance.

28mins

Inswinging corner taken by Frank Lampard, James Collins makes a clearance.

27mins

The referee gives a free kick against Gary Gardner for handball. Petr Cech takes the free kick.

26mins

Foul by Mikel on Stephen Ireland, free kick awarded. Barry Bannan crosses the ball in from the free kick, Mikel makes a clearance.

24mins

Fernando Torres takes a shot. Blocked by Nathan Baker. Gary Gardner gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Branislav Ivanovic. David Luiz takes the direct free kick.

23mins

Shot by Juan Mata from inside the box bounces off the post.

22mins

The ball is sent over by Chris Herd, save by Petr Cech.

21mins

Barry Bannan takes the inswinging corner, James Collins has a header from deep inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.

20mins

Barry Bannan takes the inswinging corner, clearance by John Terry.

19mins

Shot by Mikel. Save by Shay Given.

14mins

Centre by Andreas Weimann, save made by Petr Cech.

13mins

The assistant referee flags for offside against Gabriel Agbonlahor. Indirect free kick taken by Petr Cech.

9mins

Goal scored by Daniel Sturridge from inside the six-yard box high into the middle of the goal. Aston Villa 0-1 Chelsea.The assist for the goal came from Fernando Torres.

9mins

Fernando Torres takes a shot. Stephen Warnock gets a block in.

6mins

Fernando Torres takes a shot. Save made by Shay Given.

4mins

Unfair challenge on Frank Lampard by Gary Gardner results in a free kick. Mikel takes the free kick.

1mins

The offside flag is raised against Juan Mata. James Collins restarts play with the free kick.

Match Preview

"Defiant" Petrov will win leukaemia battle - McLeish Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish believes the fighting spirit of skipper Stiliyan `Stan' Petrov will help him in his battle to overcome acute leukaemia. The condition was diagnosed following tests after Bulgaria international Petrov developed a fever following last Saturday's 3-0 defeat at Arsenal. Messages of support for the former Celtic player, who was due to spend on Friday night in a London hospital, have flooded in since the news was confirmed in a Villa statement. McLeish said: "It's that old perspective cliche, but it's so true, and everybody here is behind Stan and a lot of the guys, everybody, will be shocked by the news. "But he's a captain, he's a leader, he's a defiant guy and he's fought many battles on the pitch and I'm sure this is another one he'll win. "We certainly think it's in the early stages and Stan will get the best medical attention possible. "I spoke to him and he was typical Stan, defiant, but I think obviously he's concerned about how its affected his loved ones." McLeish was unsure whether Petrov would be able to attend the home clash with Chelsea. He added: "He's away with the doc and I'm not sure of the schedule. He's away to see another top specialist as we speak and I guess we'll know more [on Saturday]. "I'm sure Stan will be rooting for the lads and sending some of the vibes for the boys to be inspirational in this game against Chelsea. "Will they want to win it for Stan? I think so. I know some of the players are already texting each other and saying that kind of thing to each other." A section of Villa fans have called off a planned protest before the game. McLeish said: "I would like to think the club and fans will be united. I'm sure the fans will be galvanised with their support of Stan." Villa confirmed the news of Petrov's condition in a statement which read: "We expect to learn more about Stiliyan's situation in due course and we have moved quickly to support him and his family. "During this time we ask that Stiliyan's privacy is placed ahead of all inquiries and trust that we will share information as we receive it. "Stiliyan is cherished by many and he will get from Villa every ounce of love and support that we have to help bring this to a positive conclusion." Chelsea's interim manager Roberto Di Matteo is delighted by the rejuvenation of a "happy" Fernando Torres. Torres has performed with greater conviction since Di Matteo replaced Andre Villas-Boas at the start of the month. Although he remains far from prolific in goalscoring terms - he has been on target only six times in 37 appearances this season - his recent contribution to the team has been significant. On Tuesday night it was his burst of pace and cross that set up Salomon Kalou's late winner in the 1-0 Champions League victory over Benfica. Di Matteo insists he has not given Torres any special attention, even though the 28-year-old Spaniard appears more confident under his guidance. "We're just happy that Fernando's performing well for us. He's a very good player and a great, great team player," he said. "I've been trying to speak to all my players and give them the confidence to play. "Fernando seems to have been performing well. He's a happy player at the moment, but all players need particular attention." Chelsea have been lifted by their success at Benfica, a result that has enabled them to place one foot in the Champions League semi-finals. But their cup form under Di Matteo - four wins in as many games - contrasts with their difficulties in the Barclays Premier League which has seen them triumph just once in three outings. They sit five points adrift of the Champions League places and Di Matteo accepts it is time to climb the table - starting with their clash with Aston Villa. "We need to win points in the Premier League. We have played Stoke, City and Spurs," he said. "It's difficult against Stoke. They drew at White Hart Lane and at Manchester City, so we know how strong they are. "We're in good form and shape, though. The spirit's good and we'll try to take that into the next game. "When you win, the confidence flows into the players and team. We'll try and take that into the next game." Midfielder Raul Meireles is Chelsea's only doubt after he sustained a knee injury against Benfica. Branislav Ivanovic and Ramires have been passed fit after overcoming minor knocks.

Formation:4231Manager: Alex McLeish

Aston Villa

Formation: 4231Manager: Roberto Di Matteo

Chelsea

  • Shay Given
  • Eric Lichaj
  • James Collins
  • Nathan Baker
  • Stephen Warnock
  • Gary Gardner
  • Chris Herd
  • Gabriel Agbonlahor
  • Stephen Ireland
  • Barry Bannan
  • Andreas Weimann
  • SUBS
  • Bradley Guzan
  • Marc Albrighton
  • Emile Heskey
  • Daniel Johnson
  • Derrick Williams
  • Samir Carruthers
  • Jack Grealish

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Match Report

Form Guide

    LLDDWL
  • Aston Villa
  • VS
  • Chelsea
  • LWLWLD

Last Meetings

  • Chelsea
  • 1 - 3
  • Aston Villa
  • 31/12/2011
  • Chelsea
  • 3 - 3
  • Aston Villa
  • 02/01/2011
  • Aston Villa
  • 0 - 0
  • Chelsea
  • 16/10/2010
  • Chelsea
  • 7 - 1
  • Aston Villa
  • 27/03/2010
  • Aston Villa
  • 2 - 1
  • Chelsea
  • 17/10/2009
  • Aston Villa
  • 0 - 1
  • Chelsea
  • 21/02/2009

Top Scorers

Aston Villa

  • D Bent 7
  • G Agbonlahor 5
  • S Petrov 4
  • C N'Zogbia 2
  • M Albrighton 2
  • E Heskey 1
  • R Dunne 1
  • S Warnock 1
  • S Ireland 1
  • A Weimann 1

Chelsea

  • D Sturridge 9
  • F Lampard 8
  • JM Mata 5
  • J Terry 4
  • D Drogba 4
  • DN Ramires 4
  • FJ Torres 2
  • D Luiz 2
  • F Malouda 1
  • JS Bosingwa 1
  • RJ Meireles 1
  • S Kalou 1
  • G Cahill 1

Goals

Aston Villa

    • Total goals 69
    • Goals per game 31
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 4 (For) 8 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 5 (For) 7 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 4 (For) 5 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 5 (For) 3 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 6 (For) 5 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Chelsea

    • Total goals 87
    • Goals per game 49
  • 3 (For) 6 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 4 (For) Period 11-20 mins
  • 6 (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 5 (For) 4 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 8 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 8 (For) 3 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 9 (For) 13 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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