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November 30, 2023

Written by Albert Echatah

Aston Villa snatched a slender Premier League (PL) victory at Stamford Bridge by playing tenacious defense to contain a wasteful 10-man Chelsea. The 1-0 triumph marks the Villans’ closest margin of victory in any league game this year.

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Following their worst five-game start to a Premier League season since 2015/16, Mauricio Pochettino’s Chelsea were under pressure to perform in this match.

The Blues got off to a strong start, setting the tone and pressing Villa, but as has so often happened, the decisive goal was proving elusive. Lucas Digne came close to scoring during a half in which the visitors’ goalmouth activity was minimal with a long-range shot that challenged Robert Sánchez’s attention.

Enzo Fernández’s missed shot from a good position and Axel Disasi’s diving offside header neatly summed up Chelsea’s first-half frustrations. After the break, the hosts continued where they left off, but chances from Raheem Sterling and Nicolas Jackson were unsuccessful.

That dismissal gave Villa some motivation, and they took advantage of it when Ollie Watkins scored his first Premier League goal of the season by firing in a low shot from a close angle.

Chances were coming thick and fast for both teams as time was running out, but Ben Chilwell, Disasi, and Moussa Diaby all blew good chances when trailing.

In the end, Chelsea’s situation remained unchanged; despite numerous opportunities, they failed to capitalize on them, which trapped them in midtable. For Villa, securing all three points is the ideal remedy for a discouraging European loss in midweek as they move up to sixth in the Premier League.

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Ivan Perisic of Tottenham has suffered an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury less than a week before Sunday’s North London Derby against Arsenal.

The versatile Croatian has appeared as a substitute in each of Spurs’ five Premier League games so far this season and contributed an assist in the team’s thrilling 2-1 victory against Sheffield United the previous time out.

‘We can confirm that Ivan Perisic has suffered a complex Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury in his right knee,’ Tottenham posted on Twitter.


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