Aston Villa run of form continues

Wounded Chelsea have now won just one of their last five Premier League matches after a frustrating recent run continued on Monday night.

Looking to bounce back from a damaging sequence of three defeats in four games that included a listless 3-1 London derby loss at Arsenal on Boxing Day, the Blues went ahead in the first half at Stamford Bridge courtesy of Olivier Giroud’s header.

However, Chelsea – who showed six changes for their second fixture in 48 hours – were pegged back just five minutes after the interval thanks to another strike from the in-form Anwar El Ghazi.

The result means Chelsea sit sixth, behind fifth-placed Villa on goal difference ahead of Sunday’s clash with Manchester City.

That match could now be in jeopardy after a Covid-19 outbreak in the City camp led to the postponement of Monday’s meeting with Everton at Goodison Park.

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