English Premiership

Chelsea smash woeful Villa

2016-04-02 16:26
Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Pedro and Alexandre Pato scored goals as Chelsea smashed Aston Villa 4-0 in the Premier League on Saturday.

England Under-21 international Loftus-Cheek opened the scoring after 26 minutes for the reigning champions, before former AC Milan striker Pato added a second with a penalty on his Premier League debut.

Spain forward Pedro bagged a second-half brace to condemn managerless Villa to their seventh-straight defeat, with the league's bottom club seemingly resigned to relegation.

With Chelsea out of contention for a top-four spot, interim boss Guus Hiddink opted to hand talented young midfielder Loftus-Cheek only his second league start of the term, while January signing Matt Miazga also made his debut at centre-back.

Micah Richards and Carlos Sanchez earned recalls for the hosts, who had Eric Black in charge following the sacking of Remi Garde on Tuesday.

Chelsea were on top from the opening whistle, with ex-Barcelona man Pedro almost curling a shot into the top corner after only 10 minutes.

English football was given its first sighting of Pato when the Brazil international replaced the injury-striken Loic Remy midway through the first half, and shortly afterwards Chelsea were ahead - Loftus-Cheek converting Cesar Azpilicueta's low cross at the near post.

Half chances fell to Villa, most notably Jordan Ayew, but as the game entered into first-half stoppage time, Aly Cissokho bundled Pato over inside the box, and the 26-year-old confidently finished from the resultant penalty.

Hiddink was afforded the luxury of throwing on playmaker Oscar at the interval, and less than a minute into the second half the Brazilian linked up with his compatriot Pato to leave Pedro with a tap-in from six yards out.

The diminutive Spaniard added his sixth league goal of the season just before the hour mark, squeezing the ball home from a tight angle after Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan failed to hold Pato's shot.

As if things could have gotten any worse for the Villa faithful - many of whom held up signs which read "Proud history, what future?" in protest to Randy Lerner's ownership of the club - right-back Alan Hutton saw red late on for an ugly-looking challenge on Loftus-Cheek.

NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
Sunday, 17 December 2017
West Bromwich Albion v Manchester United, The Hawthorns 16:15
AFC Bournemouth v Liverpool, Vitality Stadium 18:30
Monday, 18 December 2017
Everton v Swansea City, Goodison Park 22:00
Friday, 22 December 2017
Arsenal v Liverpool, Emirates Stadium 21:45
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Who will claim the Premier League title at the end of the 2017/18 season?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.