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Aston Villa beat Chelsea

by Alexander Banks on Monday, September 3rd, 2007

Aston Villa beat ChelseaNew signing Zat Knight scored on his debut for Aston Villa to help shatter Chelsea's seven-month unbeaten record in the Barclays Premier League. Knight, a capture from Fulham, had deflected the ball into his own net on the same ground a week earlier in his final league match for Fulham. Bodog.com has made Aston Villa 16 to 1 betting odds to win the Carling Cup 2007/2008.

But he was delirious with joy after heading the opening goal after 47 minutes and then with two minutes left Gabriel Agbonlahor made sure of a 2-0 victory with a second goal. It was the signal for Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich to leave the directors' box before the end of the game.

Defeat cost Chelsea the chance to regain top spot in the Premier League from Liverpool, the last side to defeat them in the competition at Anfield in January. But then Villa Park has been a bogey ground for the Blues who have not triumphed there in eight seasons.

Chelsea enjoyed far more possession but they struggled to create clear-cut openings against a Villa team who defended as if their lives depended on the outcome. Martin Laursen, after an uncertain opening, had an excellent game at the heart of the home defence despite being given a searching examination by Didier Drogba.

There was a desperation about Chelsea's play in the second half and the final whistle signalled mass scenes of joy from the majority of the 37,000 crowd. Worryingly for Chelsea, Drogba had to be helped off the pitch at the final whistle after suffering what looked like a leg injury.

Bodog.com has posted European Football betting odds to win the Carling Cup 2007/2008:

Chelsea FC: 4/1

Manchester United: 9/2

Liverpool FC: 6/1

Arsenal FC: 8/1

Tottenham Hotspur: 10/1

Manchester City: 14/1

Aston Villa: 16/1

Newcastle United: 20/1

Blackburn Rovers: 20/1

Everton FC: 18/1

West Ham United 22/1

Portsmouth FC: 22/1

Middlesbrough: 40/1

Reading FC: 40/1

Bolton Wanderers: 40/1

Fulham FC: 40/1

Birmingham City: 66/1

West Bromwich Albion: 66/1

Sheffield United: 66/1

Charlton Athletic: 80/1

The Field (any other team): 14/1

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