This may come as a surprise but despite the 0-3 loss to Arsenal in their last game, Villa are favourites in this match against Chelsea. The Blues have won only once in the past 13 years at Villa Park. Furthermore, the last time these two met in the league, the Villans came away with a 3-1 win.
In fact, the Villans have 56 of 143 games against Chelsea; the Blues have won only 53.
However, Villa, apart from the game against Chelsea, have not been doing too well this season. The fact they have several key players sidelined with injuries cannot help. In addition, they will be without skipper Stiliyan "Stan" Petrov, who was diagnosed with acute leukemia.
Meanwhile, Chelsea are five points behind Spurs and have much to do if they want to play Champions League football next season. Results have improved at Stamford Bridge following the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas and the appointment of Roberto Di Matteo... and with Torres showing glimpses of his Liverpool form, Chelsea could be set to break their jinx at Villa Park.
Aston Villa Probable Team: Given, Lichaj, Cuellar, Collins, Warnock, Albrighton, Herd, Gardner, Ireland, Agbonlahor, Heskey
Chelsea Probable Team: Cech; Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Cole; Essien, Lampard; Ramires, Mata, Torres; Drogba