Chelsea face Newcastle looking to go top of the Premier League with victory at St James’ Park.
But Steve Bruce’s side had the better of Frank Lampard’s team last season in this fixture, with a late, late goal from Isaac Hayden enough to secure all three points for the Magpies, while Marcos Alonso’s strike broke a stubborn display in the reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge.
Lampard has been bemoaning the belated arrival of his players from international duty and the inconvenience of an early kick-off on Saturday, but this provides a great opportunity with their rivals for the top four, or even a potential title, playing each other over the course of the weekend.
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And that’s it for the first half. It’s been dominant from Chelsea, who will probably be disappointed that their lead is just one goal. They’ve had almost 80% of the ball and forced Darlow into a few excellent saves, but it’s an own goal from Fernandez that separates the sides at the break.
Lascelles earlier injury problem seems to have reared its head again. He might have to come off at half-time.
There’ll be one minute of added time.
Murphy goes into the book for clattering into Mount.
Newcastle have a couple of forays forward, neither of which come to anything. There might be a hint of complacency starting to creep into Chelsea’s game.
Ziyech is fouled around 30 yards out and tries to catch Newcastle out with a quick free kick. It doesn’t come off, and Darlow claims. But Chelsea are soon back on the attack, with Kovacic driving down the right flank. Hayden brings him down and goes into the book, but another Ziyech free kick is collected by Darlow.
Newcastle will be relieved to see that Lascelles can carry on.
Lascelles appears to have injured himself making that challenge. The physio is on to take a look.
Werner is suddenly racing forward on the left, making his way into the box before Lascelles makes an important tackle. Ziyech then drills a shot off target.
Chance! Abraham plays a terrible pass straight to the feet of Joelinton, who breaks forward and picks out Saint-Maximin, the only player who looks a threat for the hosts. He cuts inside, driving a shot at goal but seeing his effort blocked crucially by Kante.
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