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Team news for Saturday's Premier League clash between Aston Villa and Chlesea at Villa Park, kick-off 5.30pm.

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Drogba: Missing with a fever

Drogba: Missing with a fever

Villa striker Emile Heskey is a doubt for the visit of leaders Chelsea due to shin and calf problems.

With Gabriel Agbonlahor still sidelined after undergoing groin surgery a fortnight ago, John Carew is set to get the nod up front if Heskey fails a fitness test.

Forward options Fabian Delph (knee) and Andreas Weimann (ankle) remain on the sidelines while defender Curtis Davies starts a one-month loan at Championship side Leicester.

Chelsea will be without striker Didier Drogba and midfielder Frank Lampard for the trip to the Midlands.

But captain John Terry is fit after recovering from the back injury that forced him to withdraw from the England squad ahead of their Euro 2012 qualifier with Montenegro earlier this week.

Drogba is out with a fever while Lampard has not recovered from a groin strain. Defender Alex is out with a thigh injury and Yossi Benayoun is a long-term absentee with a ruptured Achilles.

Villa (from): Friedel, L Young, Dunne, Collins, Cuellar, Warnock, Albrighton, Petrov, Reo-Coker, Downing, A Young, Heskey, Guzan, Clark, Ireland, Bannan, Carew, Delfouneso.

Coach Carlo Ancelotti confirmed the Chelsea team to play Villa will be Cech, Ferreira, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole, Ramires, Mikel, Essien, Malouda, Kakuta, Anelka. Substitutes from: Mellis, Borini, Van Aanholt, McEachran, Bosingwa, Zhirkov, Turnbull, Hilario.

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Premier League Fixtures

Saturday, 19 April 2014
12:45
Tottenham v Fulham  
15:00
A Villa v Southampton  
Cardiff v Stoke City  
Newcastle v Swansea  
West Ham v C Palace  
17:30
Chelsea v Sunderland  
Sunday, 20 April 2014
12:00
Norwich v Liverpool  
14:05
Hull City v Arsenal  
16:10
Everton v Man Utd  
Monday, 21 April 2014
20:00
Man City v West Brom  

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Liverpool 34 51 77
2 Chelsea 34 42 75
3 Man City 33 54 71
4 Arsenal 34 18 67
5 Everton 34 21 66
6 Tottenham 34 0 60
7 Man Utd 33 18 57
8 Southampton 34 5 48
9 Newcastle 34 -14 46
10 Stoke City 34 -10 43
11 C Palace 34 -14 40
12 West Ham 34 -9 37
13 Hull City 33 -6 36
14 A Villa 33 -14 34
15 Swansea 34 -5 33
16 West Brom 33 -11 33
17 Norwich 34 -27 32
18 Fulham 34 -40 30
19 Cardiff 34 -34 29
20 Sunderland 33 -25 26

Updated Wed, 16 Apr 2014

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