Chelsea vs. Aston Villa Preview: Key Battles to Watch

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Chelsea vs. Aston Villa Preview: Key Battles to Watch
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When Chelsea host Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, it will be a meeting of two young sides in the middle of two vastly different seasons.

Villa endured a poor start to the campaign, but a recent upturn in results has seen them rise up to 14th in the Premier League table. They have also secured themselves a place in the League Cup semifinal, and could potentially meet the Blues in the final.

Meanwhile, after a storming start to the season, Chelsea suffered a dip in form that has left them 13 points behind league leaders Manchester United (with a game in hand). However, recent results have included their first league win in eight games—against Sunderland—and earned them a League Cup semifinal berth.

The last five matches at Stamford Bridge between these two teams have produced 28 goals. If recent history is anything to go by, we are in for a treat.

Here are three of the key battles that could decide the match on Sunday.

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