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Villa v Chelsea media watch [10.05.13 PM]: Big match previews
The afternoon claret and blue media reports.
10th May 2013
Villa v Chelsea media watch [10.05.13 PM]: Big match previews


Express and Star: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert today insisted Stiliyan Petrov has a job waiting for him at the club after the midfielder retired. The 33-year-old quit football yesterday as he battles acute leukaemia and Lambert plans to talk to Petrov about his future.

Express and Star: It was the rock bottom moment of a turbulent season at Chelsea, but now Aston Villa are seeking the ultimate redemption. Survival could be sealed with a win over the Blues tomorrow - six months after that 8-0 hammering. The Stamford Bridge battering pushed Villa to breaking point and started a run where they conceded 15 goals in three games and were also dumped out of the League Cup semi-final by Bradford. Fast-forward six months and Paul Lambert's side are on the brink of Premier League safety, partly thanks to Gabby Agbonlahor's six-goal blast in his last seven games.

ClubCall: Interim boss Rafael Benitez has confirmed midfielder Frank Lampard will start at Aston Villa on Saturday. The Chelsea veteran is one goal away from equalling the record of Bobby Tambling as the club's all time top goalscorer and Benitez has confirmed Lampard will start at Villa Park as he chases his 202nd goal for the club.

Sky Sports: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert wants his side to secure their Premier League status in front of chairman Randy Lerner on Saturday. American billionaire Lerner will be in the stands when Chelsea visit Villa Park and a victory for Villa would guarantee they cannot be caught by 18th-placed Wigan.

Sky Sports: Gary Cahill expects a very different experience against Aston Villa this weekend from the last time the two sides met. The Chelsea defender was part of the side that thrashed Villa 8-0 at Stamford Bridge in December but he is not expecting such an easy ride on Saturday.

Sporting Life: Chelsea defender Gary Cahill expects Aston Villa to be a different proposition on Saturday to the side humbled 8-0 at Stamford Bridge earlier this season. Last year's Champions League winners are targeting a victory which would all but secure a return to a place among Europe's elite next term, while Villa's Barclays Premier League place is still to be confirmed despite two wins which have taken them clear of the relegation zone.

ClubCall: Paul Lambert must wait to see if defender Matthew Lowton passes a fitness test before naming his Aston Villa side to face Chelsea. The Villa chief has been able to call on the right-back all season but a thigh strain which he suffered during last Saturday's 2-1 win at Norwich has left him in a race against time to be fit for Chelsea's Villa Park visit at Saturday lunch-time.

*The extracts on this page are taken from various newspapers and media outlets. They do not necessarily reflect the views of Aston Villa.

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