21 min: Chelsea proceed to dominate. A protracted passing sequence ends when Rudiger and Chilwell confuse one another and the ball rolls out of play. Proper now, solely Chelsea can cease Chelsea.
19 min: Manquillo has the chance to launch a Newcastle assault, with Chelsea dedicated upfield and gamers obtainable on each wings. He hesitates and opts to play it backwards as an alternative. Newcastle’s early ambition didn’t final lengthy.
17 min: Chelsea stroke it round in a really fairly method. Newcastle finally get it off them, Hayden trying to spring Saint-Maximin clear down the left. It’s all too agricultural and a heavy cross flies out of play.
15 min: The gambit doesn’t work. Werner is distributed scampering down the inside-left channel once more, and fires throughout the face of purpose. Abraham is one measurement of boot away from changing within the center. The ball continues harmlessly via.
14 min: Newcastle string a couple of passes collectively however don’t go anyplace specifically. An try to nix Chelsea’s momentum greater than the rest.
12 min: Chelsea look extraordinarily harmful each time they go ahead. They’ve just about taken up the place they left off in opposition to Sheffield United a fortnight in the past. Right here’s Mary Waltz: “My pre-season ideas on Chelsea: wild offensive output, sieve-like defensive, numerous 4-Three video games. Actuality: a disciplined title-contending squad. Lampard has morphed in to Jose with out the psycho drama.” Yep, they’re trying good. There’s nonetheless loads of time for a Mourinho-style meltdown, although. Leeds and Bielsa come to Stamford Bridge in a few weeks. Let’s see the place we’re after that.
GOAL! Newcastle United 0-1 Chelsea (Fernandez og 10)
Werner and Mount work a brief nook on the correct. Mount will get some area and fires throughout the face of purpose. On the fats put up, Fernandez can’t type his ft out and bundles into his personal web. He claims a push from Chilwell, however he wasn’t touched earlier than he met the ball, so the purpose stands.
9 min: Ziyech curls dangerously from the correct. Abraham most likely ought to rating from eight yards, however permits Darlow to tip over. Nook. From which …
7 min: Abraham holds up for Kovacic, who rushes in from the correct and tries to steer a shot goalwards. It’s excessive and good-looking. Chelsea are starting to dominate after Newcastle’s early flurry.
5 min: Ziyech pulls again for James, who volleys right into a thicket. Blocked. Good try on the basic Beckham-Scholes nook, although. Full marks for ambition and a fairly excessive rating for execution too.
Four min: Werner makes his first run down the inside-left channel. He shoots low, onerous and diagonally. It’s going into the underside proper, however Darlow spectacularly suggestions across the put up. Nook.
Three min: Mendy flaps a bit on the nook, however does sufficient to information it clear.
2 min: From the nook, Saint-Maximin probes down the correct and wins one other nook. Good begin by Newcastle, this.
1 min: Some early Newcastle verve, as Joelinton wins a few free kicks by placing himself about. From the second, Fernandez is afforded a free header out on the correct and Chilwell is pressured to place behind for a nook.
And we’re off! Chelsea get the ball rolling, however solely after the gamers take a knee. No room for racism. Black lives matter.
Right here come the groups! Chelsea arrive first, sporting third-choice pink and purple. Newcastle then rock up of their well-known black and white stripes. A snatch of one of the best running-out music within the league, and we’ll be off in a minute.
The managers have been chatting with BT Sport. Steve Bruce says he “couldn’t threat Wilson with the quantity of video games arising … Almiron [as sub] has nothing to do together with his agent, he’s been midway around the globe so it’s solely proper he begins on the bench … Chelsea are an excellent facet so we’re in for a really troublesome sport.”
In the meantime right here’s Frank Lampard on his defence: “Thiago travelled again from South America and together with his age I’ve to take care of him … some folks would say they’d wish to have 5 centre-backs of our high quality, however to cope with it week to week and get them the sport time, most likely one or two of them don’t like me very a lot … it relies on the way you practice, how you might be, and the way you’re taking your likelihood, so these are the foundations.”
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Callum Wilson hasn’t made it. Newcastle had hoped the striker would get better from his hamstring harm, however he hasn’t even made the bench. He’s certainly one of 4 adjustments to the group that went down 2-Zero at Southampton, with Fabian Schar, Jeff Hendrick and Miguel Almiron dropping to the bench. Ciaran Clark, Javi Manquillo, Isaac Hayden and Joelinton are the boys taking their place.
Chelsea are in If It Ain’t Broke mode. Just one change to the group that noticed off Sheffield United with ease: Antonio Rudiger replaces Thiago Silva, who’s rested within the wake of worldwide obligation with Brazil.
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Newcastle United: Darlow, Manquillo, Fernandez, Lascelles, Clark, Lewis, Murphy, Hayden, Sean Longstaff, Saint-Maximin, Joelinton.
Subs: Schar, Carroll, Shelvey, Hendrick, Krafth, Almiron, Gillespie.
Chelsea: Mendy, James, Zouma, Rudiger, Chilwell, Kovacic, Kante, Mount, Ziyech, Abraham, Werner.
Subs: Arrizabalaga, Christensen, Jorginho, Giroud, Hudson-Odoi, Azpilicueta, Emerson Palmieri.
Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire).
The worldwide break got here on the unsuitable time for Chelsea, who had been starting to lastly click on below Frank Lampard. They might have absolutely performed on, given the possibility, having received their final 4 video games to an combination tune of 13-1. Timo Werner scored 5 targets in his final 4 appearances; Hakim Ziyech was working his method right into a groove; Edouard Mendy and Thiago Silva had been finding out the mess on the again in brief order. They’d have fortunately saved going.
They may fairly simply decide up the place they left off. Right now’s opponents Newcastle United have suffered a few heavy defeats at dwelling already this season: 0-Three to Brighton and 1-Four to Manchester United. One other three-goal shellacking could possibly be on the playing cards if Newcastle play like they did in these video games, and Chelsea create the sheer variety of possibilities they did in opposition to Sheffield United.
However soccer’s not all the time a rational enterprise. Chelsea don’t significantly like coming to Tyneside; they’ve misplaced on 5 of their final seven visits, the most recent a last-minute smash-and-grab by Isaac Hayden again in January. They misplaced this fixture 3-Zero three seasons in the past. This stuff shouldn’t matter, however so usually do. Moreover, Newcastle might benefit from the enhance of welcoming again the hamstrung Callum Wilson, who has scored six and arrange certainly one of Toon’s ten league targets to this point this marketing campaign.
Each groups will, in their very own candy method, fancy their possibilities. That is delightfully arrange, a wonderful return to the Premier League after a two-week hiatus. Newcastle can spring to seventh in the event that they prevail this lunchtime; Chelsea can go high. It’s on!
Kick off: 12.30pm GMT.
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