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Aston Villa vs Chelsea, Premier League Gameweek 37: Open Thread

villa park 600x8001 Aston Villa vs Chelsea, Premier League Gameweek 37: Open Thread

Due to the FA Cup Final today, the Premier League matches have been moved to tomorrow except for Chelsea’s match against Aston Villa this morning (US time). Aston Villa versus Chelsea is being played today because the Blues play in the Europa League final in Amsterdam on Wednesday.

For viewers in the United States, the match kicks off at 7:45am ET on ESPN2 and ESPN3.com

Aston Villa starting XI: Guzan, Bennett, Vlaar, Lichaj, Baker, Westwood, Delph, Sylla, Agbonlahor, Weimann, Benteke

Chelsea starting XI: Cech, Azpilicueta, Cole, Terry, Cahill, Moses, Lampard, Ramires Mata, Hazard, Ba.

For Chelsea, a win today will secure a Champions League spot for next season since they have a much greater goal difference than Tottenham Hotspur. A win will also move the club to just three points behind Manchester City.

For Aston Villa, a win at home today will guarantee another season in the Premier League. Even a draw may be enough, but if they do pick up one point today, we won’t know for sure whether it’ll guarantee safety until the final match of the season.

As well as the football played today at Villa Park, there’ll be a louder than usual round of applause in the 19th minute for Stiliyan Petrov. The Aston Villa captain will be in attendance at the ground. Plus, he’ll lead his team on a lap around the pitch after the final whistle. He announced his retirement from football earlier this week.

Before, during or after today’s match, join the conversation with fellow football supporters from around the world in the comments section below.

And don’t forget to join us later today for the FA Cup Final open thread for the match that kicks off at 12:15pm ET today between Manchester City and Wigan Athletic.

Have a wonderful Saturday!

About Christopher Harris

Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013. View all posts by Christopher Harris →
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18 Responses to Aston Villa vs Chelsea, Premier League Gameweek 37: Open Thread

  1. The Gaffer says:

    Ridiculous second yellow card for Ramires. Awful decision.

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

    • De Selby says:

      why? he had his foot up at head height twice in about two seconds.

      now benteke could have easily been sent off. his elbow on cahill was pretty vicious.

    • Yespage says:

      He looked like he was impersonating John Cleese at the Ministry of Funny Walks with his foot up that high twice.

  2. Frank says:

    Villa get a huge break as Benteke should have been sent off but instead Ramires gets sent off for a player running into his high boot. Awful decisions by the referee.

    I still think this might end in a draw.

  3. NotTheNoob says:

    I’m really going to miss Ian & Macca on Saturday mornings.

  4. jtm371 says:

    good strike by Frank Chelsea would be stupid not to sign him to a one year deal.

  5. Yespage says:

    With a goal like that, I can see why Chelsea don’t want to hold onto Lampard. What a boobish franchise Chelsea is.

    And Bentenke deciding to put his foot out like that, in the wide open… hoping no one would notice? What a maroon! Chelsea will likely take 3 pts thanks to that and not do his team any favors in the relegation battle.

  6. The Gaffer says:

    I can’t wait until goal-line technology is introduced next season. It can’t come a second too soon.

    MLS meanwhile says that it’s too expensive for them to add.

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

  7. jtm371 says:

    looked like it might have been a handball on Vlaar.

  8. Frank says:

    Chelsea robbed of a goal. At least the officials are going to make the last day even more ineteresting for the 3rd and 4th spot. Awful officiating today.

    • Yespage says:

      I’d say it was more about bad angles, than bad calls. And the ball had just barely passed the line for about a tiny fraction of a second. Easy to see in a replay, not so easy in real life from a distance (which is why a replay or technology is needed!). I think Chelsea will still get their 3 pts, so all will be well.

  9. jtm371 says:

    Well done Frank congrats on setting the record.

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