Aston Villa (v) Chelsea – Eric Black’s first game in charge post Remi Garde.

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Eric Black is the man charged with over-coming Chelsea as Villa sit in a torrid run of form, sandwiched within a season of terrible results.  Unless a miracle occurs at Villa Park in the early kick off, this could simply be a case of damage limitation.

Black, appointed as interim manager following Remi Garde’s “mutual” departure sacking  & will certainly have his work cut out.

It’s perhaps best not to dwell on the statistics.

Villa sit nailed to the foot of the table after a run of form that has included epic drubbings and gutless displays.  It wasn’t the six straight defeats that sealed Garde’s fate, but it certainly didn’t help his case.

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Chelsea by contrast have had a poor season by their modern standards.  Early season form saw them flirting at the wrong end of the table and saw Mourinho leave the club.

Since then they have ensured their safety in the division but that is a far cry from their ambitions of domestic and European honours.

Chelsea arrive at Villa Park in steady form, sitting 4th in the form table.  Whilst having recently managed 2 draws against Stoke & West Ham at home, their last 6 away reads 3 wins & 3 draws.

Villa have potentially Adama Traore & Jack Grealish fit, which would inject some pace and invention into a side so impotent for large stretches of games.  Traore, injury prone but an exciting prospect perhaps raises the interest a little more than the petulant & disappointing Grealish.


At our best and most fortunate we may hope for a draw, but I fear that over 90 minutes, Chelsea carry both threat and goals in abundance.  Away win.

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