Frank Lampard is below elevated stress at Chelsea as a 1-1 draw at house to Aston Villa means the Blues have now did not win 4 of their final 5 Premier League matches.
Olivier Giroud’s wonderful header, his ninth aim in seven matches in opposition to Villa, was cancelled out by Anwar El Ghazi, who was left on their lonesome on the again put up to equalise within the second-half.
The Blues have been much-improved from the 3-1 defeat to Arsenal 48 hours earlier, having made six modifications, and Lampard’s facet have been the dominant pressure for many of the sport.
Even nonetheless, Villa got here closest to profitable the sport at John McGinn’s beautiful, long-range effort crashed off the crossbar with Edouard Mendy stranded, whereas Ben Chilwell virtually netted a screamer of his personal to win it for Lampard’s facet on the demise.
Some extent retains the guests above Chelsea in fifth, degree on factors however forward on aim distinction, having performed two matches much less as nicely.
With virtually half of the season now accomplished, Dean Smith’s facet will entertain very actual hopes of qualifying for Europe, whereas Chelsea are left combating for high 4 regardless of being thought-about title contenders little various weeks in the past.
Regardless of Chelsea’s poor kind, they’d the prospect to enter the highest 4 with a victory tonight, with each membership dropping factors over the Christmas interval.
The Blues have been deservedly in entrance on the break as Chilwell prompted havoc down the left facet, creating Giroud’s aim and several other extra probabilities which weren’t taken.
And Chelsea’s wastefulness in assault was punished as El Ghazi went unnoticed on the again put up to fit Matthew Money’s wonderful cross by Mendy’s legs.