Thu. Oct 22nd, 2020

LIVE: Newcastle vs Chelsea

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14′ Mount gets down the left after Kante wins the ball high up the field and flashes the ball across the face of goal. Abraham was available to cut the ball back for, however, and perhaps was the better option.

M. Ritchie

J. Willems

Newcastle United

12′ Willems has his face in his hands as he is stretchered off, with Ritchie coming on to replace him at left wing-back.

10′ Willems is down after a coming-together with Hudson-Odoi and he slams the ground in frustration. It’s his knee and he immediately signals to the bench. It doesn’t look like he will be able to continue.

8′ Azpilicueta pops up in the inside-left channel and strikes a firm, low drive at goal, but it’s blocked away inside the box.

7′ Chelsea earn a couple of corners, but can’t capitalise on either of them and Newcastle eventually diffuse the danger.

5′ The ball is swung to the back post for Saint-Maximin to head, but the angle is tight and he can only find the side-netting. Perhaps he should have looked to go back across goal.

3′ The opening stages of this one have been rather scrappy, with several Chelsea fouls in midfield breaking up the game.

1′ We’re under way at St. James’ Park!

Despite having the joint-second highest points tally away from home in the Premier League this season (22), Chelsea have kept just one clean sheet on the road this term, conceding 19 goals in their 11 games.

Newcastle have taken just four points from their last eight Premier League games against Chelsea (W1 D1 L6), losing each of their last three meetings in a row. Additionally, Bruce has won just one of his 22 Premier League games against the Blues (D5 L16). In home games, Bruce is winless in 10 games against Chelsea (D2 L8), the joint-most games without winning against an opponent at home in the Premier League.

Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard, on the other hand, makes just one alteration to the Blues side that beat Burnley 2-0 last weekend. Barkley finds himself on the bench as he’s replaced by the returning Kante in midfield, but the visitors are otherwise unchanged.

Steve Bruce retains just five players from Newcastle’s last outing – a 4-1 FA Cup replay win over Rochdale. Krafth, Lascelles, Hayden, Almiron and Joelinton are the quintet to keep their places in the side as six changes are made.

Chelsea substitutes: Ross Barkley, Michy Batshuayi, Kurt Zouma, Mateo Kovacic, Emerson, Pedro, Willy Caballero.

Chelsea XI (4-3-3): Kepa Arrizabalaga; Reece James, Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rudiger, Cesar Azpilicueta; N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Mason Mount; Callum Hudson-Odoi, Tammy Abraham, Willian.

Newcastle United substitutes: Matty Longstaff, Florian Lejeune, Matt Ritchie, Fabian Schar, Sean Longstaff, Karl Darlow, Christian Atsu.

Newcastle United XI (5-4-1): Martin Dubravka; Emil Krafth, Federico Fernandez, Jamal Lascelles, Ciaran Clark, Jetro Willems; Miguel Almiron, Isaac Hayden, Jonjo Shelvey, Allan Saint-Maximin; Joelinton.

Newcastle will be hoping to earn themselves some valuable points to maintain their distance from the relegation zone, while Chelsea will be seeking to consolidate their Champions League place and fend off any competitors.

Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the Premier League fixture between Newcastle United and Chelsea at St. James’ Park.

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