Aston Villa v Chelsea Odds, Live Stream, Team News as Mourinho looks to consolidate at top of Premiership table

Up to date Aston Villa v Chelsea odds, plus live streaming schedule, team news and match preview as the Blues look to extend their lead at the top of the table this evening (KO 17:30GMT).

Chelsea will look to maintain their seven point lead at the top of the Premier League when they travel to the Midlands to take on Aston Villa later today.

Jose Mourinho’s men have taken control of the Premier League on the back of a 14 game unbeaten run and they will fancy their chances of extend that run on Saturday.

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Blues boast an impressive record against Villa; in their last nine games they have scored 30 goals including eight without response in a clash at Stamford Bridge just 15 months ago.

Whoever takes the lead at Villa Park faces an interesting battle with Chelsea picking up 14pts this season from losing positions and Aston Villa claiming 13, with both coming back to win 4 times.

One man who will key to any Villa victory is striker Christian Benteke. The Belgian has failed to hit the heights of last season in an injury hit campaign but he looked sharp in the recent 4-1 win over Norwich bagging two goals.

The striker has vowed to kick on from that from that game and fire the goals that will secure the club’s Premier league status.

“I just try to help the team and if I can score every game it’s good,” he is quoted as saying by the Daily Star. “We have to treat these 10 games like cup finals.

“We have to do everything to produce 10 good performances and we’ll see where it leaves us.

“But the most important thing for me is the team and to try and win every game.”

To do that Villa will have to do something only three teams have done before this season, beat Jose Mourinho’s at home, something that will be difficult for a team that boasts the second most defeats in front of their own fans.

While Villa put Norwich to the sword last time out, Chelsea have been even more impressive in recent weeks with an Andre Schurrle hat-trick downing Fulham in a their last away game, a result they followed up that win with an equally impressive second half showing in the 4-0 win over Tottenham Hotspurs.

The Blues will head into the game without Fernando Torres and David Luiz but could have Ashley Cole back while Villa will be without Libor Kozak (broken leg), Charles N’Zogbia (Achilles) and Jores Okore (knee) as well as the ineligible Ryan Bertrand.

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Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.

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