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Football News Roundup – November 26, 2015

  • Top-flight weekend to remember
    My job as a football presenter revolves around stories. I can't remember a recent Premier League weekend with better stories.
  • Jamie Vardy on...
    Jamie Vardy spoke exclusively to Sky Sports on a range of subjects, including his blistering form, and why 40 points is still the target for Leicester.
  • 'Vardy not yet ready for England'
    Former Leicester manager Peter Taylor says Jamie Vardy is far from the finished article and must improve his all-round game before being considered an England regular.
  • Vardy tipped to fall short
    We asked the Soccer Saturday pundits to predict who will be top goalscorer come the end of the season.
  • WATCH: Hasselbaink on QPR job
    Burton Albion manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink refused to deny he is a candidate to take over at Queens Park Rangers.
  • The last time Leicester were top
    Leicester City host Manchester United in a top-of-the-table clash on Saturday Night Football. It's being deemed an unusual encounter in terms of the team's league position, but we've been here before - haven't we?
  • Grealish punished 'indefinitely'
    Jack Grealish will train with Aston Villa's development squad indefinitely after breaching club discipline, according to Sky sources.
  • What happened after the 5-3?
    It was one of the Premier League's greatest-ever games. But one season on from Leicester City's thrilling 5-3 comeback win at home to Manchester United, the goal-scorers on that day have taken very different paths.
  • L2 round-up: Plymouth stay top
    Curtis Nelson's late equaliser kept leaders Plymouth two points clear at the top of Sky Bet League 2 following a 1-1 home draw against Leyton Orient on Tuesday evening.
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Football News Roundup – November 25, 2015

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Chelsea vs Aston Villa, Premier League 2015-16: Team News, Lineups & Stats

Chelsea vs Aston Villa
English Premier League
Date: Saturday 17 October
Time: 15:00 BST

Venue: Stamford Bridge, London

A clash between two of the bottom five takes place at Stamford Bridge on Saturday as both Chelsea and Aston Villa look to get their season up-and-running after the international break. José Mourinho's side have taken only eight points from their first eight league matches this season and begin the weekend a staggering 10 points behind league leaders Manchester City. Last season Chelsea had dropped only two points heading into matchday nine, which included winning this fixture 3-0 towards the end of September.

This looks like a great opportunity to begin to get their season back on track as their opponents have lost a league-high six games, and all the best free bets and bookie promos are pointing to a home win. Since winning 1-0 at newly-promoted Bournemouth on the opening day of the season, Aston Villa have taken only one point and that came at home to Sunderland. Tim Sherwood's side have been beaten by the likes of Crystal Palace, Leicester City and Stoke City since. All six of their defeats have been by a single goal.

Chelsea's title hopes have already been ruled out by many after their struggle of a start and anything less than three points this weekend would see many more journalists and pundits write them off. As things stand, it would be smarter to bet on Chelsea making the top-four instead of Chelsea winning the title, or you can perhaps put a free betting bonus like William Hill's sign up offer to good use by predicting a managerial change at Villa if Sherwood can't turn the team around by the New Year.

The Blues did the double over Aston Villa last season but Paul Lambert was in charge of the West Midlands club for both matches. They have not kept a clean sheet in their last seven league matches, which includes shipping three goals at Liverpool and two at home to Sunderland.

Mourinho's side remain strong favourites to pick up three points again this weekend despite winning only two of their first eight matches this season, one of which was versus 10 man Arsenal. Aston Villa are quickly becoming relegation favourites and start the weekend in the bottom three.

Chelsea vs Aston Villa Team News

Chelsea team news

Good news for Chelsea is that Branislav Ivanović picked up an injury during the international break and is expected to be unavailable this weekend. The Serbian right-back who has taken the captain's armband in games in which John Terry has been benched, has been woeful this season.

Kurt Zouma could replace Ivanović at right-back, whilst César Azpilicueta could also move there with Baba Rahman filling in at left-back as has happened in Chelsea's two UEFA Champions League matches this season.

Thibaut Courtois is expected to be out until around Christmas with his knee injury in the only other injury concern to José Mourinho this weekend.

Diego Costa returns from suspension.

Aston Villa team news

Jores Okore is only a matter of weeks away from making his long awaited return but won't be ready for this weekend's trip to Stamford Bridge.

Adama Traoré has only made 44 minutes of Premier League action since joining from Barcelona in the summer but should be fit to face the champions.

Gabby Agbonlahor missed the two games before the international break with a calf injury but should be available to Tim Sherwood on Saturday.

Chelsea v Maccabi Tel-Aviv possible starting line-ups

Chelsea: Asmir Begović; César Azpilicueta, Kurt Zouma, John Terry, Baba Rahman; Ramires, Nemanja Matić, Pedro, Cesc Fàbregas, Eden Hazard; Diego Costa

Aston Villa: Brad Guzan; Leandro Bacuna, Micah Richards, Joleon Lescott, Jordan Amavi; Idrissa Gueye, Ashley Westwood, Carles Gil, Jordan Veretout, Scott Sinclair; Rudy Gestede

Chelsea vs Maccabi Tel-Aviv: Key Stats

2 - Chelsea have conceded at least two goals in seven of their eight Premier League games.

6 - Aston Villa have lost more games than any other Premier League side so far this season.

17 - Only Sunderland (18) have conceded more goals than Chelsea heading into the weekend.

Prediction: Chelsea 3-0 Aston Villa


Football News Roundup – October 1, 2015

  • Player of the Month top three
    The top three contenders for the PFA Fans' Player of the Month in each division have been revealed - so vote now and have your say.
  • Transfer Centre LIVE!
    All the latest transfer news and gossip, as MLS side Orlando City express interest in signing Cristiano Ronaldo.
  • Ferdinand backing Vardy claim
    England manager Roy Hodgson will name his squad for the final two European Qualifiers against Estonia and Lithuania on Thursday.
  • Ollie's predictions
    Sky Sports pundit Ian Holloway predicts the outcome of the big Football League weekend fixtures.....
  • WATCH: Top Football League goals
    Everyone loves great goals - and we've picked five of the best from the midweek Football League action.
  • FL72 Podcast preview
    Kit Symons, Billy Sharp, Stephen Warnock and David Flitcroft join us for this week's FL72 Podcast.
  • Martin Tyler's stats
    Have the defending champions ever been as low in the league as Chelsea? Are Aston Villa about to equal an unwanted record? Read on for the latest Premier League stats from Martin Tyler...
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Football News Roundup – September 30, 2015

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Football News Roundup – September 29, 2015

  • WATCH: Deadly Deulofeu
    Gary Neville singled out Gerard Deulofeu as a key man in Everton's MNF win at West Brom - and said Albion just could not deal with his threat from wide areas.
  • Transfer Centre LIVE!
    All the latest news, as Chelsea reportedly target a January move for Porto playmaker Yacine Brahimi.
  • Pulis: Injuries hurt Baggies
    Tony Pulis blamed West Brom's injuries and failure to defend crosses after Everton came back from 2-0 down to win at the Hawthorns on Monday Night Football.
  • Lukaku sparks comeback win
    Romelu Lukaku scored two and made one as Everton came back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at West Brom.
  • Wolves put up for sale
    Wolves owner and chairman Steve Morgan has put the club up for sale after eight years at Molineux.
  • Morgan puts Wolves up for sale
    Wolves have been put up for sale by owner Steve Morgan.
  • Brentford v Birmingham preview
    Lee Carsley will take charge of Brentford for the first time on Tuesday night when they welcome Birmingham to Griffin Park for their Sky Bet Championship clash.
  • Fulham v Wolves preview
    Fulham boss Kit Symons has a number of injury concerns ahead of the visit of Wolves in the Sky Bet Championship on Tuesday.
  • Dagenham & Red v Notts County preview
    Dagenham manager Wayne Burnett has a number of decisions to make ahead of Tuesday's Sky Bet League Two clash with Notts County.
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Football News Roundup – September 28, 2015

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Football News Roundup – September 27, 2015

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Football News Roundup – September 26, 2015

  • 'Grealish worth more than £60m'
    Tim Sherwood says he would not be tempted to sell Aston Villa starlet Jack Grealish even if he was offered £60m for the youngster.
  • Transfer Centre LIVE!
    All the latest news as Tim Sherwood insists he would not sell Aston Villa's Jack Grealish for £60m if he was offered it today.
  • Evans backs Baggies for Europe
    Jonny Evans believes West Brom can push on under Tony Pulis and even qualify for European football in the next two years.
  • Rodgers 'could've gone to Real'
    Tim Sherwood claims Liverpool are lucky to have under-fire boss Brendan Rodgers, insisting he could have managed Real Madrid if the Reds won the league two seasons ago.
  • Pick your Player of the Month
    The contenders for the first PFA Fans' Player of the Month Awards of the season can be revealed by Sky Sports.
  • Premier League questions
    Ahead of an important round of Premier League fixtures, we take a look at 10 questions that could be answered by the end of the weekend.
  • Sky Live: West Brom v Everton
    West Bromwich Albion host Everton on Monday Night Football at The Hawthorns hoping to bounce back from their 3-0 Capital One Cup defeat to Norwich City in midweek.
  • Leicester v Arsenal preview
    Leicester face their toughest test of the Premier League yet as Claudio Ranieri's unbeaten side host Arsenal on Saturday.
  • Liverpool v Villa preview
    Liverpool host struggling Aston Villa at Anfield on Saturday, looking for a first win in four Premier League games.
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Football News Roundup – September 25, 2015

  • Notts County v York City preview
    Jack Barmby will go straight into the Notts County squad for the visit of York.
  • MK Dons v Derby preview
    Nicky Maynard could be line to make his full debut for MK Dons when they resume Championship action against Derby.
  • Bury v Coventry preview
    Bury could be unchanged against Coventry after winning a fourth straight game last weekend.
  • Walsall v Crewe preview
    Walsall are hopeful Tom Bradshaw could return against Crewe after missing their defeat to Chelsea.
  • Preston v Wolves preview
    Paul Huntington and Paul Gallagher are Preston's biggest doubts for the home clash with Wolves in the Sky Bet Championship.
  • Chesterfield v Burton preview
    Drew Talbot is back in contention after suspension for Chesterfield's home game against Burton.
  • Premier League build-up LIVE!
    All the updates and news from today's press conferences ahead of this weekend's Premier League fixtures.
  • Powell praises Huws impact
    Huddersfield manager Chris Powell saluted midfielder Emyr Huws whose fourth goal in three games rescued a point for his side in a 1-1 home draw with Sky Bet Championship rivals Nottingham Forest.
  • Mahrez: Form not a surprise
    Riyad Mahrez says his outstanding start to the season for Leicester City has not taken him by surprise.
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