By Chukwuka Joseph (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Chelsea coach Frank Lampard remains under pressure after a 1-1 draw at home to Aston Villa on Monday left his team with just one win from its past five Premier League games. A fine header from veteran France forward Olivier Giroud put Chelsea ahead in the 34th minute at Stamford Bridge, but Dutch forward Anwar El Ghazi equalized early in the second half.
Villa went close to a second goal when midfielder John McGinn hit the crossbar in the 69th minute, but Chelsea left back Ben Chilwell almost grabbed a dramatic winner deep into injury time when his superb volley from wide on the left fizzed just past the right post.
The draw keeps fifth-place Villa one spot ahead of Chelsea on goal difference and one point behind fourth-place Manchester United, ahead of Friday’s trip to Old Trafford. Lampard selected Giroud ahead of Tammy Abraham as he continued to rotate his central striker, having chosen Abraham in Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at struggling Arsenal.