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Ruben Loftus-Cheek dazzles as Chelsea edge Aston Villa on penalties

Ruben Loftus-Cheek dazzles as Chelsea edge Aston Villa on penalties

Chelsea advance to fourth round of Carabao Cup on penalties

Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea had to rely on a 4-3 penalty shootout win against Dean Smith’s Aston Villa outfit at Stamford Bridge tonight after the Blues could not turn their dominant performance into a win in normal time as both sides fought to a 1-1 draw after 90-minutes.

Up next for Chelsea is another home encounter in the fourth round of the competition when they host Ralph Hasenhüttl’s Southampton who also needed penalties to work their way past Sheffield United at Bramall Lane yesterday evening after a 2-2 draw.

Timo Werner found his way on the scoresheet nine minutes after the restart before Villa drew level through 19-year-old Cameron Archer ten minutes later.

Loftus-Cheek turns back time in brilliant display

On a night where Cobham product Trevoh Chalobah won many plaudits for his 90-minute display at the Bridge, England international midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek turned the clock back in a fantastic display at the heart of the Chelsea midfield.

Deployed as the midfield anchor in an uncharacteristic utilization, Loftus-Cheek was at the center of all phases of play for Chelsea on both sides of the ball in a performance that included an 88% pass completion rate, 100% dribble success rate, 8/11 ground duels won, and 3 chances created which included 1 big chance.

For Loftus-Cheek, player that was very much on the outside looking in this summer when many expected the native of Lewisham to follow Tammy Abraham to the eternal city in a move to AS Roma, his vintage display could have well given Tuchel something to think about after Saul Ñíguez has not started brightly in his season loan from Atlético Madrid.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek dazzles as Chelsea edge Aston Villa on penalties

LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 18: Ruben Loftus-Cheek of Fulham in action during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Fulham at Emirates Stadium on April 18, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

The former Fulham (2020-21) and Crystal Palace (2017-18) loanee has every chance to work his way back into his managers thinking given Chelsea’s lack of options in the center of the park as just N’Golo Kanté, Jorginho, and Mateo Kovačić are the only long-term midfield options at the club.

Chelsea betting odds, next game:

Newcastle vs Chelsea odds: result, both teams to score, correct score & goalscorers

Newcastle vs Chelsea Full time result
Newcastle vs Chelsea Result/Both teams score Yes No
Newcastle 14/1 12/1
Chelsea 9/4
Draw 6/1 12/1
Newcastle vs Chelsea Correct Score
Newcastle vs Chelsea Goalscorers First Last Anytime
Kai Havertz12/5 12/5 6/5
Callum Wilson3/1 3/1 5/2
Callum Hudson-Odoi10/3 10/3 13/8
Hakim Ziyech10/3 10/3 13/8
Filho Jorge Jorginho4/1 4/1 11/5

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Chelsea FC 9 20 22
2 Liverpool FC 9 21 21
3 Manchester City 9 16 20
4 West Ham United 9 6 17
5 Brighton & Hove Albion 9 0 15
6 Tottenham Hotspur 9 -4 15
7 Manchester United 9 1 14
8 Everton FC 9 1 14
9 Leicester City 9 0 14
10 Arsenal FC 9 -3 14
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 9 0 13
12 Brentford FC 9 2 12
13 Aston Villa 9 -2 10
14 Watford FC 9 -5 10
15 Crystal Palace 9 -3 9
16 Southampton FC 9 -4 8
17 Leeds United 9 -8 7
18 Burnley FC 9 -8 4
19 Newcastle United 9 -9 4
20 Norwich City 9 -21 2

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Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 7
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 6
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 5
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 4
Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick Arsenal FC 4
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 4
Firmino, Roberto Liverpool FC 4
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 4
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 4
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 4
Hwang, Hee-chan Wolverhampton Wanderers 4
Sarr, Ismaila Watford FC 4
Greenwood, Mason Manchester United 4
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 3
Townsend, Andros Everton FC 3
King, Joshua Watford FC 3
Ings, Danny Aston Villa 3
Benrahma, Said West Ham United 3
Gray, Demarai Everton FC 3