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Nic Ladds 9th Apr 2010 - 15:26

Chelsea to avoid Villa backlash

Chelsea will hope to move one step closer to their first league and cup double with a win over an Aston Villa side they beat 7-1 just two matches ago.

Chelsea will have to be wary of the threat posed by Villa on neutral ground, putting the freak result from two weeks ago aside, Villa do not have an awful record against the Londoners.

Villa have already beaten Chelsea this season, at 2-1 victory at Villa Park back in October. John Terry has already said his team is wary of a potential backlash to their big win and Aston Villa will surely come out all guns blazing.

Chelsea are understandably big favourites, 4/7 to win the match in 90 minutes or 3/10 to qualify for the final.

Aston Villa look a decent price at 11/2 to win in 90 minutes, the 12/5 on them to qualify also looks good. I personally like the look of the 11/8 that covers Aston Villa and the draw in 90 minutes if you fancy an upset. Considering Villa are capable of beating Chelsea, it is worth a punt.

Chelsea do look as strong as ever coming in to the latter stages of the season, their 2-1 away win at Man Utd putting them right in the driving seat for the league title and scoring plenty - 14 in their last three matches.

Villa have once again stuttered towards the end of the season, their initial push for fourth spot has withered and now they sit five points off the pace.

Chelsea are missing some big names, the likes of Michael Essien, Ashley Cole, Jose Bosingwa and Ashley Cole are all missing.

Didier Drogba (3/1 first goal) should start with Nicolas Anelka (5/1) despite being rested against Man Utd. Four goal hero from the 7-1 win Frank Lampard is 5/1 to score first or 5/4 at any time.

Martin O'Neill's major worries are Richard Dunne and James Milner who both have Achilles injuries but he is optimistic they will both play.

Villa have the current FA Cup top scorer John Carew, he has six but five of those have come in his last two matches he is 15/2 to score first or 9/4 at any time.

This is Villa's first FA Cup appearance at Wembley since they lost 1-0 to Chelsea in the 2000 final whereas Chelsea have a lot more experience on such a big stage.

Chelsea are obviously one of the strongest teams in England at the moment, their strength, depth and experience should be enough to see them through but I don't think it will be easy.

I recommend the Chelsea 2-1 scoreline at 7/1 as I do think both teams will be able to score (4/5), mainly due to Chelsea's weakened back line.

The winner of this will fancy their chances of lifting the cup as a winnable tie against either Tottenham or Portsmouth awaits them in the final so they will both be hungry to advance.



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