Villa keeper Given ready for showdown with Chelsea's Torres

Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given is ready for his face-off with Chelsea striker Fernando Torres tonight.

Republic of Ireland No1 Given will hope the outcome is not the same as when he last faced the Spaniard at Villa Park in March. Torres had not scored a league goal for six months but found a way past Given in the 90th minute in a 4-2 win for Chelsea.

Given said: “I’ve done OK against him but he did score against me this season.

“He’s a great player. I know he’s come in for a lot of criticism since he’s gone to Chelsea because he didn’t find his feet straight away but he’s getting there, getting back to where he was in his prime at Liverpool.

“He’s a top player and, with the players they have to give him the service, he’s in a great team.”

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