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Chelsea U21 v Villa U21 live audio/text: Tune in from 1pm

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Chelsea U21 v Villa U21 live audio/text: Tune in from 1pm

Four of Villa's NextGen Series heroes are back in action today in the Barclays U21 Premier League clash against Chelsea.

Samir Carruthers, Josh Barton, Janoi Donacien and Liam Bateman - who all featured as Villa triumphed at the NextGen finals weekend in Lake Como - have been named in the starting line-up for this afternoon's game at Cobham.

Alfie Crooks, Aidan Grant and Kevin Toner - all squad members for the European triumph - have also travelled for the encounter at Chelsea's training headquarters.

The match-winners from Monday afternoon's U21 success over Sunderland, Daniel Johnson and Courtney Cameron, are also in action.

Today's encounter comes just four days after Villa conquered Chelsea in the NextGen final.

It is a chance for Gordon Cowans' team to leapfrog second-placed Middlesbrough and close the gap on leaders Everton who are six points ahead.

But Chelsea are only two places and two points behind the claret and blues.

As well as beating the west London outfit to lift the NextGen trophy, Villa also earned a morale-boosting 3-1 win over Sunderland in the U21 league on the same day.

Follow all the action from this afternoon's U21 clash with our live audio and text commentary from 1pm.

AVFC Official
By @AVFCOfficial 4th April 2013
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