Chelsea v Newcastle United: Premier League – reside! | Football
2 min: The travelling Toon give a boost to make their emotions for Mike Ashley recognized, by means of the medium of music ‘n’ swearies. You don’t want me to give an explanation for any longer.
1 min: It’s roughly a false get started, as Willian virtually right away is going down beneath now not a lot force from Lejeune. Has he twisted an ankle in a clumsy fall? He limps round gingerly however it seems to be as even though he’s excellent to head.
And we’re off! An exquisite post-Saturday-afternoon-in-public-bar setting in Stamford Bridge. The hosts get the birthday party began.
The groups are out! Chelsea are of their well-known blue, whilst Newcastle put on their vintage black and white. A handy guide a rough blast of The Liquidator, and we’ll be off in a minute!
Rafa talks! But simplest in a pre-recorded section, the place he immediately bats all questions concerning the switch window and his personal contract. Instead he preaches cohesion with a righteous zeal. He’d make a really perfect high minister, president, military common or cult chief.
Maurizio Sarri speaks! “We know very well the situation. We have some problems. We are playing well, I think, but we are having a problem to score in this moment. We are trying to solve it. It’s not easy. But we have to do it. Pedro is very important for us, he is good in the spaces. We are trying to solve a problem, and we are trying to do so with Pedro.”
So this afternoon’s 3pm kick-offs haven’t completed Newcastle United any favours. Burnley beat Fulham 2-1 at Turf Moor. Southampton received 2-1 at Leicester City. And Cardiff City drew Zero-Zero with Huddersfield Town. All of that suggests Newcastle plummet into the ground 3 forward of this fit. They’re in 18th position with the similar selection of issues, one adrift of Cardiff and Saints, 3 at the back of Burnley. Newcastle are in a relegation fight all proper.
A peek at the back of the scenes. Shirts, towels, shinpads, programmes and flip-flops in the house dressing room. Some tasteful picket panelling offset by means of benching lined in towelling. Or is it a moleskin end? Either approach, now not 100 % positive that’s sensible.
Chelsea make two adjustments to the facet named for his or her closing Premier League sport, the goalless draw right here with Southampton. Mateo Kovacic and Pedro take the puts of Ross Barkley and Alvaro Morata.
Newcastle make 3 adjustments to the teamsheet passed in for the house defeat to Manchester United. Fabian Schar, Mohamed Diame and Paul Dummett make approach for Florian Lejeune, Ciaran Clark and the 21-year-old midfielder Sean Longstaff, who makes his first League get started for the Magpies.
Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso, Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic, Pedro, Hazard, Willian.
Subs: Barkley, Caballero, Giroud, Hudson-Odoi, Christensen, Emerson Palmieri, Ampadu.
Newcastle United: Dubravka, Yedlin, Lejeune, Lascelles, Clark, Ritchie, Perez, Longstaff, Hayden, Atsu, Rondon.
Subs: Schar, Murphy, Fernandez, Manquillo, Joselu, Sterry, Woodman.
Referee: Chris Kavanagh (Lancashire).
Chelsea’s closing couple of Premier League house video games haven’t long gone precisely to plot: a Zero-Zero draw with Southampton and a Zero-1 loss to Leicester. So they’ll welcome Newcastle United to Stamford Bridge this night time with open palms. Here’s how this actual fixture has panned out just lately: Three-Zero, Three-1, Five-1, 2-Zero, Three-Zero, 2-Zero.
The arrival of the suffering Magpies can be a sight for sore eyes. Especially as Rafa Benitez’s males have simplest received one among their closing 9 suits. Chelsea will not be firing on all cylinders at the present, however they have been the easier facet in opposition to Spurs midweek within the first leg in their League Cup semi, in spite of the end result, and can be hopeful their general efficiency at Wembley is a promise of higher issues to return.
But whilst Newcastle could also be labouring, that doesn’t imply they’re super-easy to pick out off. They’ve simplest misplaced 3 in their ten suits at the street this season. They’ve received at Huddersfield and Burnley. On some other day, with a bit of extra success, they might have were given one thing at Manchester City and Manchester United. Rafa is aware of find out how to arrange his facet in Resolute Mode all proper. So not anything’s positive.
Chelsea are determined for the win that’ll stay them heading in the right direction for a top-four end. Newcastle are determined for the issues that’ll stay their heads above water. It’s arrange well … and it’s on!
Kick off: Five.30pm GMT.