Diego Costa scored twice as Guus Hiddink began his second spell as Chelsea interim manager with a...
Diego Costa scored twice as Guus Hiddink began his second spell as Chelsea interim manager with a 2-2 draw at home to Watford, Oscar missing a late penalty that would have given the champions all three points. Troy Deeney, with a penalty, and Odion Ighalo put Watford 2-1 ahead after Costa had given Chelsea a 32nd-minute lead, but the Spain striker equalised in the 65th minute from Willian’s pass.
Oscar had a chance to give Chelsea victory when substitute Eden Hazard was fouled by Valon Behrami, but the Brazilian slipped as he took his penalty and sent the ball looping into the crowd. Chelsea, who visit United on Monday, are two points above the relegation places in 15th place.
Ayew Continues Run Of Form
Jordan Ayew rescued a point for battling Aston Villa as they were held to a 1-1 draw by West Ham. Rémi Garde is still searching for his first win as the Villa manager despite coming from behind to close the gap to safety.
Ivorians Inspire City
Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure added the pick of the goals for his side against Sunderland on Boxing Day as the hosts took a 3-0 half-time lead at the Etihad Stadium.
Manuel Pellegrini’s men were looking to bounce back from their disappointing loss to Arsenal last Monday night, and they waited just 13 minutes before making an impression as Raheem Sterling broke the deadlock.
Elsewhere, Crystal Palace climbed one place to fifth after drawing 0-0 at Bournemouth. Managerless Swansea City escaped the relegation zone as Ki Sung-Yueng’s ninth-minute tap-in saw off West Bromwich Albion while Harry Kane scored a brace as Tottenham thrash Norwich 3-1