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Eden Hazard decides to take the corner short.
Ashley Cole crosses the ball.
Corner taken by Ashley Westwood.
Clearance by Gary Cahill.
Centre by Antonio Luna.
Bradley Guzan is cautioned.
Branislav Ivanovic makes a clearance.
Marco van Ginkel manages to make a clearance.
Andre Schurrle manages to make a clearance.
Fabian Delph restarts play with the free kick.
Ron Vlaar manages to make a clearance.
Shot by Frank Lampard missed to the left of goal.
The referee blows for offside against Christian Benteke.
The ball is delivered by Matthew Lowton.
Andreas Weimann takes a shot. Petr Cech parries the ball but the danger is not over.
Clearance by Marco van Ginkel.
Marco van Ginkel comes on in place of Emboaba Oscar.
Aleksandar Tonev produces a cross.
Romelu Lukaku takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Antonio Luna gets a block in.
Karim El Ahmadi goes off and Aleksandar Tonev comes on.
Emboaba Oscar takes the free kick.
Gabriel Agbonlahor challenges Emboaba Oscar unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Clearance by Ashley Westwood.
Clearance by Frank Lampard.
Karim El Ahmadi manages to make a clearance.
The referee shows Christian Benteke a yellow card.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Branislav Ivanovic by Christian Benteke.
Ashley Westwood goes into the referee's book.
Frank Lampard sends in a cross. Frank Lampard takes the free kick. Branislav Ivanovic scores with a header. Chelsea 2-1 Aston Villa.The assist for the goal came from Frank Lampard.
Foul by Fabian Delph on Eden Hazard, free kick awarded.
The referee shows Branislav Ivanovic a yellow card.
Foul by Branislav Ivanovic on Christian Benteke, free kick awarded.
Andre Schurrle has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the target.
Emboaba Oscar restarts play with the free kick.
Clearance made by Jores Okore.
Nascimento Ramires takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Jores Okore gets a block in.
Branislav Ivanovic takes the free kick.
Christian Benteke handles the ball and concedes a free kick.
Shot by Nascimento Ramires missed to the left of goal.
Christian Benteke gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary Cahill.
Andre Schurrle comes on in place of Juan Mata.
Karim El Ahmadi booked for unsporting behaviour.
Foul by Karim El Ahmadi on Juan Mata, free kick awarded.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Ashley Westwood.
Shot by Andreas Weimann. A parry by Petr Cech prevents the goal.
The ball is swung over by Frank Lampard.
Shot by Gabriel Agbonlahor went over the net.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Christian Benteke by Emboaba Oscar.
Ron Vlaar makes a clearance.
Jores Okore manages to make a clearance.
Branislav Ivanovic challenges Christian Benteke unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Clearance by Antonio Luna.
Ron Vlaar takes the free kick.
Nascimento Ramires gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Fabian Delph.
Clearance by Jores Okore.
Emboaba Oscar crosses the ball.
Branislav Ivanovic manages to make a clearance.
Demba Ba takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Bradley Guzan safely holds on.
Free kick taken by Petr Cech.
Free kick taken by Bradley Guzan.
The offside flag is raised against Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Free kick crossed by Frank Lampard.
The referee blows for offside against Demba Ba.
Matthew Lowton delivers the ball.
John Terry challenges Christian Benteke unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jores Okore on Demba Ba.
Bradley Guzan restarts play with the free kick.
Andreas Weimann fouled by Ashley Cole, the ref awards a free kick.
Petr Cech takes the free kick.
Ciaran Clark goes off and Jores Okore comes on.
Bradley Guzan takes the free kick.
Matthew Lowton manages to make a clearance.
Nascimento Ramires takes the free kick.
Clearance by Ron Vlaar.
Emboaba Oscar takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the target.
Eden Hazard manages to make a clearance.
Clearance made by Ashley Cole.
Handball by Ashley Cole.
Ashley Westwood concedes a free kick for a foul on Eden Hazard.
Foul by Demba Ba on Ron Vlaar, free kick awarded.
Bradley Guzan makes a clearance.
Frank Lampard fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick over the bar.
Unfair challenge on Eden Hazard by Karim El Ahmadi results in a free kick.
Shot by Karim El Ahmadi missed to the right of the net.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ciaran Clark by Emboaba Oscar.
Header at goal by Andreas Weimann misses left of the target.
A cross is delivered by Antonio Luna.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Branislav Ivanovic on Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Shot by Emboaba Oscar went wide of the right-hand post.
Clearance made by Ron Vlaar.
Gabriel Agbonlahor is flagged offside by the assistant referee.
Matthew Lowton takes the free kick.
Matthew Lowton fouled by Emboaba Oscar, the ref awards a free kick.
Ron Vlaar restarts play with the free kick.
Demba Ba is caught offside.
John Terry takes the free kick.
Foul by Karim El Ahmadi on Gary Cahill, free kick awarded.
John Terry makes a clearance.
Free kick taken by Fabian Delph.
Clearance by John Terry.
Antonio Luna manages to make a clearance.
Emboaba Oscar produces a cross.
Antonio Luna puts the ball into their own goal. Chelsea 1-0 Aston Villa.
Eden Hazard takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Bradley Guzan parries the ball but the danger is not over.
The ball is swung over by Eden Hazard.
Clearance by Andreas Weimann.
The official flags Gabriel Agbonlahor offside.
Christian Benteke is penalised for a handball.
The referee blows for offside.
Blues near full strength
Defenders David Luiz and Tomas Kalas are Chelsea's only absentees for Wednesday's Barclays Premier League clash with Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge.
Brazil centre-back Luiz has a hamstring problem, but could return for Monday's trip to Manchester United, while Kalas suffered a fractured leg in pre-season.
Manager Jose Mourinho may opt to make a number of changes from the side which began last Sunday's 2-0 defeat of Hull, with the Old Trafford clash in mind.
Villa head to Chelsea on Wednesday earlier than planned owing to the Blues' UEFA Super Cup commitments at the end of the month, buoyed by their 3-1 win at Arsenal.
And Mourinho is wary of Villa following their success at the Emirates Stadium.
"It's not such a big surprise because Aston Villa can do that to any one of us," Mourinho said.
"Last season they had more points away from home than at Villa Park.
"They are a team with qualities to play away, to play the counter-attack game they played at the Emirates.
"They are a good team. It's not such a big drama, they can beat any one of the contenders."
Villa have a young side, as do Chelsea, but Mourinho's men boast an experienced core, with Frank Lampard at the centre.
Lampard had a penalty saved against Hull on Sunday but made amends by scoring with a free-kick in his first game of the new campaign.
For some time last season it appeared Chelsea were prepared to allow Lampard's contract to expire, before the club's record goalscorer agreed a one-year extension.
Mourinho insists the use of the 35-year-old Lampard must now be managed, though.
"He is not 25 anymore, so the crazy Lamps that wants to play every minute of a Carling Cup match against a team from the Championship, the crazy Frank that wants to play and beat the record of appearances and play every minute every match is not here anymore," Mourinho said.
"Now it's about to keep his performance high for the most time we can, for the most seasons we can."
Aston Villa defender Nathan Baker will miss out due to an ankle injury.
The centre-back was forced off during Villa's 3-1 win at Arsenal on Saturday and was replaced by Ciaran Clark, who should start in his place at Stamford Bridge.
Manager Paul Lambert should, however, welcome back key midfielder Yacouba Sylla, who missed the Emirates trip due to a twisted ankle. Midfielder Chris Herd (calf) is still not quite ready to return to action.
Lambert has told his Aston Villa side they owe it to themselves and their fans to atone for last season's 8-0 humiliation by Chelsea when the teams meet again.
Villa's capitulation at Stamford Bridge was arguably the lowest point of a difficult campaign as they battled relegation and suffered three bruising defeats around the Christmas period.
That loss at Stamford Bridge was followed by a 4-0 home battering by Tottenham and a worrying 3-0 defeat by Wigan at Villa Park, leaving Villa among the favourites to go down before a resurgence eventually pulled them to safety.
Lambert heads to Stamford Bridge with far more reasons for optimism this time, however, not least following his side's impressive 3-1 win away to Arsenal in Saturday's opening fixture.
The Scot said: "Saturday has gone and you have to look to the one coming up against Chelsea, who are probably one of the favourites to win the title.
"We'll give it a go, like we did on Saturday. All you can ask is that we go down and give a good account of ourselves.
"It's hard to get results against these teams at the best of times but when you're doing it back to back, against Arsenal and Chelsea, it makes it even harder.
"But they're ready for it, confidence is really high after what happened at Arsenal and we'll go down there and give it a right go."
Lambert is not dwelling on their harrowing visit to Chelsea last year but knows they can go some way to making up for it this time around.
"We owe it to ourselves as well to go down there and try to do better," he said.
"Our crowd have been absolutely brilliant. Even after that game they never turned on the lads. That speaks volumes for the supporters.
"Even though the fans were hurt and everybody at the football club was hurt, the supporters were a major catalyst in helping us last year.
"But I don't think about it (the 8-0 defeat) to be honest. I don't look back on it. It's a new season and there are a lot of new lads in the side.
"Chelsea have got a new manager and some new players so it's two totally different teams."
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