Terry Has Promotion with Aston Villa in His Sights
John Terry running out at Stamford Bridge, but not in the blue of Chelsea. That would be some sight.
The veteran left the club last summer and turned down offers from other Premier League sides, citing a desire not to face Chelsea as the reason why he opted to drop down to the Championship with Aston Villa.
Well Terry is potentially two games away from promotion, which would raise the prospect of something that would leave Blues feeling a little uncomfortable.
And if his side get past Middlesbrough in the second leg of their promotion play-off and then overcome Fulham at Wembley in the final, Terry has every intention of going back on his word.
“I hope this isn’t the end,” the former England international told Villa’s official website. “If we go up, I’m staying. And hopefully I can play for a few more years in the Premier League.
“It’s only fair that if we go up, which is the belief within the group, that I stick around.”
To raise the prospect of facing his former club, the club he joined as a teenager and spent 19 years playing for, Villa have to complete the job against Boro.
There’s an excellent chance of that happening, as – with Terry at the heart of Villa’s back line alongside James Chester – Steve Bruce’s side kept a clean sheet on Teesside and came away with a 1-0 win.
Villa made a slow start to the season, they had one point from their opening three games, but once bedded in they made relentless progress up the table to claim fourth place.
Terry played a huge part in Villa’s improvement, as he made 32 appearances in the league – which is excellent for a man who turned 37 in December.
Alongside Chester, Terry has been excellent and Bruce will be looking for his defensive talisman to lead them to a Wembley play-off final.
The signs are good for Villa, as they are yet to concede a goal in three games against Tony Pulis’ Boro this season.
A shutout at Villa Park on Tuesday night would be enough to send Villa to Wembley. But as reliable as his defence has been this term, Bruce would not want to rely on keeping out Boro.
A goal would certainly settle Villa nerves and seen as they have won 22 of the 24 games that they have scored first in this season, it would make the Holte End pretty content if they could edge ahead on the night.
Villa are priced at 3.65 to win to nil, and given how disciplined they have been this season that could be the result that takes them to Wembley.
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