Villa the underdogs against tormentors Chelsea
Aston Villa will hope to avenge a 7-1 pasting over Chelsea last month if they are to reach the FA Cup final.
The Midlands club were given a real lesson at Stamford Bridge as Carlo Ancelotti’s men ran riot.
But Saturday evening’s semi-final tie at Wembley could be a very different game and it must be remembered that Villa actually beat Chelsea 2-1 earlier this campaign.
Martin O’Neill’s men have had a very successful season in domestic cup competition after reaching the final of the Carling Cup in February, only for a Wayne Rooney-inspired Manchester United to come from behind and claim the trophy.
The Villains are 11/2 with William Hill to beat the Blues and make it to this year’s showpiece finale.
Despite the demoralising 7-1 reverse, O’Neill is confident his team can overcome the odds.
O’Neill He said: "The appetite for this game is even stronger having been to Wembley once this season.
"It is a great incentive for us.
"I am delighted to be going back again even though I don’t necessarily agree with semi-finals being played at Wembley.
"We lost the Carling Cup final and you could see by the second-half performance in the FA Cup quarter-final at Reading that there was a renewed determination to get back there again.
"Of course, we face Chelsea.
"That won’t be easy, particularly after what happened a fortnight ago, but the players are ready to go.
"We certainly regained some lost confidence by winning at Bolton last week – and not conceding a goal helped us too.
"We know how difficult the task is ahead but we are ready for it."
Defensive lynchpin Richard Dunne could miss out but midfielder James Milner has resumed training after being rested at Bolton last week and is expected to be fit.
The game is live on ITV1 with kick-off at 5pm.
Odds correct at time of writing and are subject to change