Crystal Palace, 1 – Leicester, 1
The performance of the Spanish goalkeeper Vicente Guaita, who even saved a penalty, prevented Leicester’s triumph that did not go beyond the draw in London against Crystal Palace (1-1). Leicester added their second consecutive equalizer. Brendan Rodgers’ side, who has lost the leadership that Liverpool maintains, has missed four points in the last two games.
“After the last round of tests, the club has detected a number of positive cases, in addition to the four already confirmed during Christmas Day,” reports City.
Leicester was unable to face Crystal Palace, a team in crisis that has gone five games without winning and has fallen halfway down the table. Guaita prevented the ‘foxes’ from taking advantage in the Selhurst Park duel when at nineteen minutes a foul inside the box by James Tomkins was penalized with a penalty that Kelechi Ihenacho executed. The Spanish goalkeeper made a great save and avoided the visitor advantage.
It was Roy Hodgson’s team that took the lead at the time of the game with Wilfried Zaha’s goal from Andros Townsend. The Leicester continued overturned on the goal of Guaita that avoided the tie in several occasions. However, he couldn’t avoid the goal in the 83rd minute, when Harvey Barnes finished off a personal move with a great shot.
Chelsea, 1 – Aston Villa, 1
Chelsea was unable to win at Stamford Bridge at Aston Villa (1-1) and lengthened the pothole in which it is mired in the Premier, increasingly away from the top of the table. Frank Lampard’s team, called up with Atlético Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League, has only one victory in their last five games and after the draw against the Birmingham team they are out of the European positions.
Chelsea started with determination and half an hour later they took the lead when Benjamin Chilwell’s pass from the left was finished off by the Frenchman Oliver Giroud, who beat Argentine Emiliano Martínez. Dean Smith’s team tied at the beginning of the second half in an action that exposed the ‘blue’ defense. A distant center from Matty Cash fell at the feet of Dutchman Anwar El Ghazi, who inside the small area and without opposition finished as he received the ball and surpassed Mendy.