Chelsea ended the year with just one of five wins as Anwar El Ghazi’s controversial equalizer saw Aston Villa draw 1-1 at Stamford Bridge.
Olivier Giroud, so often the bane of visitors, put Chelsea in the lead with a nice header from close to the center of Ben Chilwell (34), which means that the striker has now scored in 10 goals in 10 games against Villa, and has eight of eight for Chelsea.
But El Ghazi’s arrival at the far post by the legs of Edouard Mendy from center Matt Cash (50) angered Chelsea, with the hosts wanting a foul on Jack Grealish’s Andreas Christensen in the preparation.
Both teams did their best to win it; John McGinn hit the bar with a brilliant long-range effort, the sub Jacob Ramsey curled up a few inches wide, while for Chelsea Christian Pulisic was denied by Emi Martinez’s stoppage and Chilwell hit a fine. fly right next in downtime.
The result means Villa move up to fifth place, six points behind leaders Liverpool with one game in hand, while Chelsea drop sixth on the same points, but after playing two more games than Villa.
Full report to follow
Chelsea will host Manchester City in the Premier League on Sunday January 3 at 4:30 p.m., live on Sky Sports Premier League, before hosting Morecambe on Sunday January 10 in the FA Cup third round at 1:30 p.m.
Villa now travels to Manchester United on New Years Day at 8 p.m., live on Sky Sports Premier League, before hosting Liverpool in the FA Cup third round on January 8 and at 7.45 p.m.