Mark Lawrenson gives his prediction for Chelsea FC vs Aston Villa

Mark Lawrenson gives his prediction for Chelsea FC vs Aston Villa

The England global was on loan at Villa last term, and was a huge reason why the club got promoted out of the Championship, and the Villa Park outfit encounter him for the first time since he went back to his parent club. "Luckily we have another game midweek and we have a chance to redeem ourselves".

It came as no surprise that Terry remains an icon at Chelsea, with the former defender having made 717 appearances for the club while winning an array of trophies.

"Chelsea's home defeat by West Ham on Saturday was a very odd result when you consider how both teams had been playing, but I think it was just a blip", he told.

"We hung in there but that's not what we're about, trying to hang on in a game".

Lampard, was full of praise for the 22-year-old striker, who now has 11 Premier League goals this term.

"Tammy is near the top of the goal-scoring charts, stretches defences, starts our press and he's growing as a personality in the dressing room", Lampard said.

After getting a well-deserved draw at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon, belief in the Villa squad will be high heading into the clash with the Blues, but they will be without a couple of first-team players for the trip. He's respectful of Aston Villa so it wasn't a massive celebration time. "We have got to be more consistent in our play to do that", he said. "It's hard when you come back to a club you feel so much for and vice versa and you're working and part of another club".

"We did that, won more tackles and second balls, and we could have scored more goals".

Showcasing his nuanced penalty area movement, Abraham edged subtly away from Ezri Konsa to meet Reece James' cross with a clinical close-range header.

Chelsea struggled to build on their breakthrough, though, and they were punished shortly before the interval.

Chelsea legend John Terry was given a hero's welcome upon his return to Stamford Bridge with Aston Villa on Wednesday night.

Abraham, on his return from injury, scored a goal and registered a clever assist to set-up Mount to net the victor.

Beaten Villa boss Dean Smith bemoaned referee Chris Kavanagh's performance, saying: "You don't get much from officials here and I wasn't happy with their performance tonight".



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