Chelsea have lost further ground in the title race after battling to a goalless draw with Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday lunchtime.

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was not troubled by the Everton attack all game however The Blues were guilty of some wasteful finishing on a frustrating afternoon on Merseyside.

The first half hour of the match saw the home side produce some dogged defending and Chelsea were restricted to shots from outside of the box. Pedro did force a save from home keeper Jordan Pickford from a shot from inside the area while at the other end, Everton offered no threat.

The second period did see The Toffees keeper Pickford become a little busier with both Pedro and Eden Hazard recording shots on target while defender Antonio Rudiger also saw a shot saved.

Hazard did get a further sight of goal late on but was unable to trouble the home keeper as Chelsea suffered a rare off-day in front of goal.

Credit must go to Everton who are beginning to flourish under new boss Sam Allardyce. The Toffees were committed and well organised throughout and Chelsea will not be the only side to be stifled by the Merseyside club’s defence at Goodison Park during the remainder of this season.

Chelsea are back in action on Boxing Day when Brighton & Hove Albion are the visitors to Stamford Bridge.