Mid-table Aston Villa play host to Premier League leaders Chelsea at Villa Park in the evening match in front of the live TV cameras on Saturdaym and these are the key battles that are likely to decide the outcome of the fixture …
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Ron Vlaar v Samuel Eto’o
The west London club’s veteran Cameroon international played an absolutely crucial role in helping the league leaders overcome arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge last Saturday night, with the front man only playing after fellow attacker Fernando Torres injured his groin in the pre-match warmup.
And that latest setback for the Spaniard means that Eto’o is now set for an unexpectedly long run up front for the Blues as they look to maintain their advantage at the top of the Premier League table.
However, standing in his way in the west Midlands this weekend with be the home side’s Netherlands international, although the centre back will need to use all his experience and nous to get the better of his canny opponent.