English Premier League Saturday: Aston Villa, Chelsea Left Scoreless At Villa Park

While Chelsea dominated the ball, Aston Villa generated as many opportunities as their guests on Saturday. Those chances were ultimately irrelevant, with Villa and Chelsea playing to a scoreless draw.

Each team found the woodwork in the second half. Branislav Ivanovic was the first, hitting Brad Friedel’s right post off a corner. Nicolas Anelka would do the same late in the match, while Villa defender Ciaran Clark’s glancing header found Petr Cech’s left upright.

Though Chelsea looked out-of-sorts without Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard, this was Aston Villa’s best performance since the season’s opening match. Nigel Reo-Coker proved a constant pest in midfield, while Stewart Downing put in a strong shift on the right wing.

Also of note for Chelsea was the return of José Bosingwa, the right back making a late appearance.

Chelsea moves to 19 points, five ahead of Manchester City, while Aston Villa sits on 11 points and eighth place.

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