Premier League | Chelsea, stung by Arsenal defeat, held 1-1 by Villa


The outcome means Villa and Chelsea sit in fifth and sixth place within the desk respectively forward of Tuesday’s matches.

Chelsea, overhauled by coach Frank Lampard after a weekend loss to Arsenal, drew 1-1 draw at dwelling to Aston Villa on Monday as Oliver Giroud’s first-half header was cancelled out shortly after the break by Anwar El Ghazi.

Lampard made six modifications to the workforce that started Saturday’s 3-1 defeat to their London neighbours and his gamble on Giroud paid off when the France striker stooped to move in a cross by Ben Chilwell within the 34th minute.

It was Giroud’s third objective in 4 league begins this season, a distinction to a poor run for Timo Werner who has failed to attain within the league since Nov. 7. The German, signed from RB Leipzig in the summertime, appeared solely as an alternative on Monday.

Villa drew degree within the 50th minute when El Ghazi sidefooted a volley on the far submit by the legs of Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy after a cross by Matty Money.

Chelsea protested in useless that their defender Andreas Christensen had been fouled within the build-up by Jack Grealish.

The outcome means Villa and Chelsea sit in fifth and sixth place within the desk respectively forward of Tuesday’s matches.

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