Chelsea were held to goalless draw at Goodison Park on Saturday lunchtime as the curse of the early kick-off struck again.

The Blues lacked the final product leaving them with only themselves to blame in a day where the gap to the top could be extended.

Everton came into this festive fixture on fine form, unbeaten in their last six in all competitions, and undefeated since Sam Allardyce has joined the Toffees. Chelsea also come in on a decent run of results with three consecutive wins since the defeat to West Ham in the London derby two weeks ago.

As expected the away side dominated spells in the first half and the first real two opportunities came one after the other just before the ten minute mark. Phil Jagielka was forced to clear off the line from both Willian and Tiemoue Bakayoko and somehow the score stayed level.

Marcos Alonso beat the wall to get the match winner against Southampton and the Blues won a free-kick in a delightful position. But Willian took it off the Spaniard, and fired just over from the edge of the box.

Once again, Everton found it difficult to get hold of the ball and Jordan Pickford was forced to parry Pedro’s strike away from goal.

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Eden Hazard was the star performer for Chelsea despite not being able to make a difference to the scoreline.

Just before the break, Everton had a glorious chance to go ahead just before the break. Dominic Calvert-Lewin got past Christensen, and had Sigurdsson on his left, who was completely open, but the youngster took the effort but Courtois denied him. A golden chance for the home side.

Everton were much better in the second half and piled the early pressure on in the second half, but once again, Chelsea kept coming at the home side.

Antonio Conte tried to add attacking threat for the visitors with Michy Batshuayi and Cesc Fabregas joining the action and it was nearly Fabregas who let the home side in. A poor pass out the penalty box caused panic but the Blues managed to clear to safety.

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Ashley Williams heading onto his own crossbar.

Eden Hazard was the star man for Chelsea in the lunchtime kick-off but a Ashley Williams defection, made it clear it wasn’t going to be Chelsea’s day. The Welshman headed towards his own goal but the woodwork denied Conte the all important goal.

The home side nearly snatched all three points at the end when Michael Keane’s got his head on the ball, but it went well wide.

A disappointing day for the Blues who, depending on results, could go 16 points behind Manchester City later on today. Alvaro Morata was extremely missed as the Toffees held their own and with Chelsea having no real aerial threat, it was difficult to get through the home side’s defence.

Two points dropped for Chelsea who were certainly helped with the result on Friday evening. The last game before Christmas and it wasn’t the gift Chelsea fans were hoping for as they will see it as two points dropped.

 

 

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