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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.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Barry Bannan.
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.
Handball by Emile Heskey. Petr Cech takes the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Marc Albrighton, Branislav Ivanovic makes a clearance.
Emile Heskey takes a shot. Save made by Petr Cech.
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.
Gabriel Agbonlahor concedes a free kick for a foul on John Terry. Petr Cech takes the direct free kick.
Emile Heskey comes on in place of Andreas Weimann.
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.
The ball is swung over by Marc Albrighton, clearance by Gary Cahill.
James Collins finds the net with a headed goal from deep inside the penalty area. Aston Villa 1-2 Chelsea.Assist by Eric Lichaj.
Foul by Andreas Weimann on Daniel Sturridge, free kick awarded. Mikel restarts play with the free kick.
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.
Branislav Ivanovic sends in a cross, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Fernando Torres misses to the left of the goal.
Marc Albrighton on for Chris Herd.
The ball is delivered by Stephen Ireland.
A cross is delivered by Stephen Warnock, clearance made by Mikel.
Corner taken right-footed by Frank Lampard, clearance made by James Collins.
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.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Juan Mata by Eric Lichaj. Free kick taken by Ashley Cole.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Eric Lichaj on Daniel Sturridge. Ashley Cole takes the free kick.
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.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John Terry by Stephen Warnock. Booking for Stephen Warnock. Petr Cech takes the direct free kick.
Gabriel Agbonlahor produces a cross, Branislav Ivanovic manages to make a clearance.
Fernando Torres is caught offside. James Collins restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Stephen Warnock by Juan Mata results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Warnock.
Gabriel Agbonlahor concedes a free kick for a foul on Branislav Ivanovic. Direct free kick taken by Mikel.
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.
The ball is crossed by Barry Bannan, John Terry manages to make a clearance.
Gabriel Agbonlahor has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.
Daniel Sturridge concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary Gardner. Direct free kick taken by Gary Gardner.
Gary Cahill joins the action as a substitute, replacing David Luiz.
Fernando Torres is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Shay Given.
Floated corner taken by Barry Bannan, Close range header by James Collins goes over the crossbar.
Corner from right by-line taken by Barry Bannan.
Shot by Gabriel Agbonlahor. Save made by Petr Cech.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephen Ireland by Frank Lampard. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Warnock.
Salomon Kalou is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Shay Given.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Salomon Kalou by Eric Lichaj. Free kick taken by Ashley Cole.
Foul by Andreas Weimann on Mikel, free kick awarded. John Terry restarts play with the free kick.
Effort on goal by Daniel Sturridge from 20 yards. Save by Shay Given.
The ball is crossed by Eric Lichaj.
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.
Gabriel Agbonlahor sends in a cross, Ashley Cole manages to make a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken by Frank Lampard, James Collins makes a clearance.
The referee gives a free kick against Gary Gardner for handball. Petr Cech takes the free kick.
Foul by Mikel on Stephen Ireland, free kick awarded. Barry Bannan crosses the ball in from the free kick, Mikel makes a clearance.
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.
Shot by Juan Mata from inside the box bounces off the post.
The ball is sent over by Chris Herd, save by Petr Cech.
Barry Bannan takes the inswinging corner, James Collins has a header from deep inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.
Barry Bannan takes the inswinging corner, clearance by John Terry.
Shot by Mikel. Save by Shay Given.
Centre by Andreas Weimann, save made by Petr Cech.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Gabriel Agbonlahor. Indirect free kick taken by Petr Cech.
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.
Fernando Torres takes a shot. Stephen Warnock gets a block in.
Fernando Torres takes a shot. Save made by Shay Given.
Unfair challenge on Frank Lampard by Gary Gardner results in a free kick. Mikel takes the free kick.
The offside flag is raised against Juan Mata. James Collins restarts play with the free kick.
"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.
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