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Chelsea beat Aston Villa in John Terry's return to Stamford Bridge

Chelsea beat Aston Villa in John Terry's return to Stamford Bridge

The hosts broke the deadlock when Tammy Abraham rose to head in his 11th Premier League goal of the season (24) against the side he scored 26 times for on loan in the Championship last season.

But Dean Smith's side levelled against the run of play before half-time as Trezeguet scrambled the ball over the line from close range (41).

Chelsea were back in front three minutes after the restart when Mount struck in style and the Blues held on for their first victory in four games.

The result puts Chelsea six points clear of fifth-placed Wolves but, perhaps more significantly, eight clear of Manchester United and nine ahead of Tottenham. Aston Villa remain 15th after their two-match unbeaten run was ended in west London - a point above the relegation zone after Southampton's win over Norwich.

Player ratings

Chelsea: Kepa (7), Azpilicueta (7), James (7), Christensen (6), Zouma (7), Kante (7), Mount (8), Kovacic (6), Willian (8), Pulisic (7), Abraham (8).

Subs: Jorginho (n/a), Hudson-Odoi (n/a), Batshuayi (n/a).

Aston Villa: Heaton (7), Targett (6), Elmohamady (7), Mings (7), Konsa (6), Nakamba (6), McGinn (6), Grealish (6), Hourihane (5), Trezeguet (7), Wesley (5).

Subs: Luiz (6), Jota (6).

Man of the match: Mason Mount.

Opta stats

  • Chelsea have lost just one of their last 56 Premier League home games against newly promoted teams (W45 D10 L1).
  • Aston Villa have picked up just one point from their last 42 available in away games against sides starting the day in the top four (W0 D1 L13).
  • Tammy Abraham has scored 11 goals in 14 Premier League appearances this season - the only Chelsea players to score more in their first 14 apps in a single PL season are Diego Costa (12 in 2014-15) and Nicolas Anelka (12 in 2008-09).
  • Only Jamie Vardy (17) has been directly involved in more Premier League goals this season than Chelsea's Tammy Abraham (14 - 11 goals, 3 assists).


What's next?

Chelsea travel to face Everton at Goodison Park in the Premier League on Saturday; Kick-off is at 12.30pm.

Meanwhile, Aston Villa host Leicester on Renault Super Sunday; coverage starts on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event at 1pm with kick-off at 2pm.

Tottenham-Norwich live stream: Watch EPL game online on NBC Sports Gold

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Tottenham-Norwich live stream: Watch EPL game online on NBC Sports Gold

With the end of the winter transfer window looming, every Tottenham Hotspur (8-7-8; 31 points) match could be Christian Eriksen's last.

Spurs manager José Mourinho confirmed the Danish midfielder will be in the squad Wednesday at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium against Norwich City (4-5-14; 17 points), but how much longer is anyone's guess. Eriksen has been linked to a move with Inter Milan, and the club's sporting director said Monday that the Italian giants have submitted a bid. Eriksen reportedly turned down a contract extension with Spurs earlier this season, and the clock is ticking on Tottenham's ability to get any kind of transfer fee for him, as his contract is set to run out this summer. 

Norwich frustrated Tottenham in a 2-2 draw at Carrow Road on Dec. 28, twice taking the lead over Spurs. The Canaries got a big boost in their quest to avoid relegation Saturday, beating fellow cellar-dwellers Bournemouth at Carrow Road. They're still six points from safety, though, so Wednesday's match firmly is in must-win territory. 

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Here's how to watch Wednesday's Tottenham Hotspur-Norwich City match exclusively streaming on NBC Sports Gold. 

When: Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT
Stream: NBC Sports Gold

You can also watch Leicester City-West Ham streaming exclusively on NBC Sports Gold during that window. 

Manchester United-Burnley live stream: How to watch EPL game online, on TV

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Manchester United-Burnley live stream: How to watch EPL game online, on TV

Three days after losing at Anfield to rival Liverpool, fifth-place Manchester United (9-7-7; 34 points) can gain ground in the race for UEFA Champions League qualification Wednesday at Old Trafford. 

United can move three points back of fourth in the Premier League if they beat Burnley (8-3-12; 27 points) at the Theatre of Dreams, thanks to Chelsea's draw with Arsenal on Monday. The Clarets will test the Red Devils, though, as Burnley are coming off of a 2-1 comeback win over Leicester City. 

Manchester United will again be without injured forward Marcus Rashford, who has a stress fracture in his back. Rashford's injury leaves United dangerously thin up front, yet Burnely resorted to a patchwork attacking group against Leicester in the absence of Ashley Barnes (hernia) and Johann Berg Gudmundsson (thigh). In other words, don't be surprised if both sides struggle for goals Tuesday. 

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Here's how to watch Wednesday's Manchester United-Burnley match online and on TV. 

When: Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 3:15 p.m. ET/12:15 p.m. PT
TV: NBCSN
Online: NBC Sports