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Chelsea - Newcastle United
Premier League - 12 January 2019
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FT: Chelsea 2-1 Newcastle. The fourth-placed Blues move six points ahead of Arsenal in fifth. Willian's sublime winner was the difference after Clark's header had cancelled out Pedro's early opener.
No real sign of a late push from Newcastle. Chelsea are attempting to play down the clock.
Four minutes added.
- OffEden HazardChelsea
- OnOlivier GiroudChelsea
CHELSEA CHANGE: Giroud on for Hazard.
CLOSE! Rondon guides Manquillo's cross from the right wide of the near post.
As it stands, Chelsea will be six points ahead of fifth-placed Arsenal and one behind third-placed Spurs.
Newcastle will be in the drop zone in 18th spot, one behind Cardiff who they meet next weekend.
- OffDeAndre YedlinNewcastle United
- OnJavier ManquilloNewcastle United
NEWCASTLE CHANGE: Manquillo on for Yedlin.
- OffAyoze PérezNewcastle United
- OnJacob MurphyNewcastle United
NEWCASTLE CHANGE: Perez off, Murphy on.
Ritchie has a pop from 25 yards, but it flashes a few yards over the top of Kepa's bar.
- OnCallum Hudson-OdoiChelsea
CHELSEA CHANGE: Pedro off, Hudson-Odoi on.
Chelsea repel a Newcastle corner. The visitors remain a threat with just the one goal in it.
Luiz got a bit of a dead leg from an innocuous knock. The Chelsea defender looks set to continue though.
Another stoppage as Luiz receives treatment for a knock to his left knee.
Luiz eventually lets fly from the free kick but can't keep his attempt down.
Free kick to Chelsea 25 yards out.
PHOTO: Dubravka can only watch in despair as Willian's beauty flies past him.
Play has stopped for Lascelles to receive treatment. The Newcastle defender fell awkwardly as he looked to get back on the line to deal with Willian's lob a few moments earlier.
Willian makes a super run in-behind to latch on to Luiz's raking ball over the top. Dubravka is well of his line once more, but this time he gets a touch on Willian's lob and Newcastle just about survive.
- OffMateo KovacicChelsea
- OnRoss BarkleyChelsea
CHELSEA CHANGE: Barkley on for Kovacic.
- Yellow cardJorginhoChelsea
Jorginho booked for halting a Newcastle counter attack with a tactical foul in the midfield.
Perez exchanges a brilliant one-two with Rondon but then tumbles too easily when closed down by Rudiger. No penalty given and replays suggest that's the right call too.
Chelsea have their tails up now and Hazard's influence appears to be growing.
That was Willian's fifth goal of the season. It was a peach too.
GOAL! The Blues are back in front. Willian takes Hazard's pass on the left side of the box, jinks inside and curves a super shot into the far corner.
Hazard feeds Alonso down the left. The Spaniard cuts a low ball back for Pedro to arrive, but the former Barca man fires straight at Dubravka.
Rudiger frustrated with the referee. He felt he was bundled over during a tussle with Lascelles.
PHOTO: Pedro's celebrations seem like a long time ago for the hosts now.
Can they move up a gear or two and pinch the win that would take advantage of fifth-placed Arsenal's loss at West Ham earlier today?
STAT: Newcastle have only snared four second-half goals this term, the joint-lowest tally in the top flight. Chelsea have netted 21.
As it stands, Chelsea would be four points clear of fifth-placed Arsenal and three behind third-placed Spurs having played a game more than Poch and Co.
Newcastle would be up to 16th.
Pedro is put free on the right edge of the area but sees his low pile-driver tipped past the post by the Newcastle stopper.
KICK OFF! Newcastle restart the second period.
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HT: Chelsea 1-1 Newcastle. Clark's thumping header ensures the teams go in level at the break after Pedro had given the home team an early lead.
Two minutes added.
STAT: Only Spurs (10) have scored more headed goals than Newcastle (9) in the top flight this season.
Newcastle have a real belief about them now. Chelsea have been guilty of being too complacent.
Ritchie takes aim from a deep cross from the right, but miscues his 20-yard volley well wide.
Newcastle's good work is almost immediately undone as Willian gets free on the left of the visitors' area, but fires wide with just the keeper to beat.
- GoalCiaran ClarkNewcastle United
GOAL! Ciaran Clark thunders a powerful header in to the net from a left-wing corner.
Atsu finds space on the left side of the box. He jinks at Luiz but just as he looks to pull the trigger, Pedro gets back to make a vital tackle.
That was a big chance for Newcastle. It was route one but very effective. The Magpies can't afford to miss many openings like that if they have realistic hopes of finding a way back into this.
Ayoze Pérez races on to Rondon's flick-on but steers his right-foot effort wide of Kepa's left-hand post.
Pedro tries his luck from 30 yards but this time Dubravka is right behind his bouncing effort.
Newcastle have shown a bit more attacking intent in the last few moments without really putting the Chelsea rearguard under too much pressure.
Rondon gets a sight of goal on the left side of the box but skews his effort well wide of the near post.
STAT: The Magpies have scored just four goals in their last eight league matches.
Newcastle's best spell of pressure concludes with Florian Lejeune corking a long range volley straight at Kepa.
Luiz arrives late to nod just over the top from Willian's resulting free kick on the right.
- Yellow cardMatt RitchieNewcastle United
Ritchie booked for lunging into a miss-timed challenge on Azpilicueta as he roared to the right byline.
VIDEO: Pedro lobs the opening goal.
ATTEMPTS: Chelsea 1-0 Newcastle.
Very little to shout about other than Pedro's opener.
Newcastle have offered very little as an attacking force. Chelsea look very comfortable.
POSSESSION: Chelsea 68 per cent - Newcastle 32 per cent.
More from the stat men on that Luiz assist...
STAT: Newcastle's only win in their last eight league games came against bottom side Huddersfield.
That was Pedro's seventh goal of the season and his fifth on home turf.
GOAL! Pedro opens the scoring as he latches on to Luiz's lofted pass and coolly lobs Dubravka.
You only have to look at the stats to see why Sarri wants to sign a striker in this window.
The Blues have scored just 11 goals in their last 10 PL matches.
A sustained period of Chelsea pressure ends with Alonso overcooking a cross from the left. Most of the home side's approach play has come down that flank so far.
As you'd expect, Chelsea are the side looking to dictate the play. So far, the hosts have failed to manufacture anything of note though.
DID YOU KNOW? Salomon Rondon has notched each of Newcastle's last three away goals in the league.
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KICK OFF! Chelsea get us up and running.
NEWCASTLE BEWARE THE 'HAZARD' AHEAD: Eden Hazard has netted six goals in five PL outings at home to Newcastle.
TOP SIX WOES: Newcastle have failed to win any of their last 12 away league matches versus the top-six teams, losing nine on the bounce.
BARREN BLUES? You have to back to 1993 for the last time Chelsea went three home PL games without scoring. They've failed to net in their last two...
Rafa Benitez: "Last January, we were in a difficult position, but we started winning and we finished 10th. It's a big city and it's a massive club. Some people say you have to do this and do that, but the reality is that when we work together and we are united, we are stronger. We saw that in the Championship and we saw that last season."
Maurizio Sarri: "As you know very well I am not involved in the market. I spoke with the club and the club knows very well my opinion. In my opinion we need two players. Then it depends on the club decision. I don't know anything about the market day by day or minute by minute."
It's three changes apiece.
Chelsea bring in Luiz, Kovacic and Pedro from the 1-0 loss in the League Cup semi final versus Spurs. Hudson-Odoi is on the bench.
As for Newcastle, they draft in Lejeune, Clark and Longstaff following the 2-0 home loss to Manchester United. Shelvey and Dummett are missing through injury.
CONFIRMED TEAMS – CHELSEA: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso, Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic, Willian, Hazard, Pedro... Subs: Caballero, Christensen, Emerson, Ampadu, Barkley, Hudson-Odoi, Giroud. /// NEWCASTLE: Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Clark, Ritchie, Hayden, Longstaff, Atsu, Perez, Rondon... Subs: Woodman, Sterry, Manquillo, Fernandez, Schar, Murphy, Joselu.
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