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Chelsea make it two in a row, while Villa and Newcastle play out a 0-0 draw

Created on Aug. 23, 2014 11:50 AM EST

Chelsea have continued their lessons of the Premier League as they once again faced off with a newly promoted team. This time it was Leicester City that were welcomed back into the EPL and and also had a wake up call as The Blues put three goals past The Foxes and marched onto a 2-0 victory.
Chelsea make it two out of two as they welcomed yet another newly promoted side

The match kicked off to a cautious start by the Blues as they allowed Leicester to play on the ball and enjoy some good possession in the midfield. Leicester did well to hold off the London side and managed to enjoy some good possession of their own. The half would play out without many good opportunities as Chelsea where mainly limited to attempts from distance.

Leicester players held their own in the first half as Chelsea were held 0-0 at the break as Schmeichel does well in goals

The second half would be a total contrast to the first as Chelsea burst into life and started to dominate the possession and press Leicester deep into their own half. As the Chelsea players surged forward in numbers, Leicester scrambled to clear the ball out of their own area. Oscar would almost break the deadlock early on in the half but would see his shot cannon off the post after his low driven shot from the edge of the box. As the ball remained in play Azpilicueata would cross the ball back into the box and Ivanovic would test Schmeichel who would prevail over the Serbian and punch clear the header. Next Schurrle would push forward and try his luck from distance with a curling strike, but that would sail just over the bar. Chelsea pressed on and it was Ivanovic who once again call the goal keeper into action with a ferocious strike from outside the box. Schmeichel though was having a great game as he dove well and pushed the ball clear of the goal. Fabregas next stepped up as he managed to get behind the defence after a well timed through ball but his chipped shot was pushed over the crossbar by the keeper. Next it was Leicester who almost stole a goal as they countered with pace and Nugent found himself one on one with the keeper. But Courtois would show why he is Mourinho's new number one by darting off his line in time to block the shot by the Leicester forward. Then Chelsea would finally break the drought as Diego Costa would score his second goal in his second match. Ivanovic would break free and get into the box and then a clever dummy would send two defenders the wrong way and give the Serbian space to square the ball across the goal where Costa would chest it down and then fire it under the goal keeper. 1-0 and Chelsea finally with the lead and Leicester with a mountain to climb with only 30 minutes of play left.

Diego Costa scores his second in two games as Chelsea take the lead in the 62nd minute

Chelsea then comfortably in the lead and were showing a dominant performance against Leicester and the stats showed it too as The Blues had 23 attempts on goal while Leicester with only 6 to show. Then Oscar would ensure Chelsea walked away with all three points with a great individual performance that saw him get past three defenders and then bury the ball under the keeper and put Chelsea two goals ahead.

Oscar with a great individual goal helps Chelsea to a two nil win against Leicester City

Aston Villa faced off with Newcastle United in an entertaining match that saw both teams walk away with a point a piece. The match started off with a great pace being shown by both sides, as they looked to break each other down. Villa had an average season last year and didn't really exert themselves at home though they did manage to play well against the big sides they did struggle to get strong results against the more mid to low table teams. The Newcastle match wasn't any different as Villa looked to counter attack and let Newcastle control the midfield play. Though even this wasn't working as both sides ended up cancelling each other out and both struggled once they arrived in the final third. Villa's forwards were lacking the movement needed to get themselves into goal scoring positions. As a result of this plenty of good balls into the box went wasted as players either ran onto the front post and no one covered the back post, or players were too stand offish and let chances get away from them. Not to say there weren't any chances. Delph was playing extremely well for the Villans but was being forced to do too much up front on his own and without strong support there was only so much the midfielder could do on his own and against a packed Newcastle back line.

Delph was Villa's best player but lacked support up front

Wieman and Agbonlahor too were trying to get themselves into better positions but  still failed to really trouble Krul in the goal. Newcastle too tried and did show some better promise when moving forward but Riviere and Gouffran just couldn't find that fatal touch when it was presented to them in a good attacking position. Villa did have a chance in the final stages of the game as Newcastle found themselves with only 10 men after Michael Williamson was shown his second yellow card and given his marching orders. Though Villa still didn't manage a shot on target and failed to make good of the brief situation given to them. In the end though neither side found a way to break the deadlock and the match ended with a nil all draw and probably deserved so as neither side really took the over the game or utilised their goal scoring opportunities.

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