A must-win at Stamford Bridge in more ways than one

Chelsea finally ended their awful run of results with an unconvincing win over high-flying Bolton at Stamford Bridge. My biggest concern for the Blues is their inability to change their system should a game not go to plan. Under Jose Mourinho, this was one of the cub’s greatest strengths, however with a lack of pace and attacking resources, Chelsea have looked short of ideas. If they go behind, Ancelotti’s men lose.

Aston Villa have been equally poor this year, and with their threadbare squad still struggling to get results this game cannot be simply written off, despite the 7-1 humbling they experienced here last season. Gerard Houllier will be hammering on Randy Learner’s door as the clocks strike on New Years Eve with requests for funds to strengthen a poorly balanced squad.

It must be pointed out that the current league champions are not even close to the side that tore into Villa in March, however their response to finally getting three points will be an interesting indication of how they will finish at the end of the season.

The first meeting between these two ended in a tight draw, and I can see the same unfolding on the Kings Road this weekend.

Prediction: 1-1

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