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Newcastle vs Chelsea, Premier League: live score and latest updates

  • Newcastle vs Chelsea kicks off at 12:30pm on BT Sport 1

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1:16PM

44 mins – Newcastle 0 Chelsea 1

Saint-Maximin is like when the dribble button is locked down on a video game and you can’t do anything except run in all different directions. He’s like a human version of Sensible Soccer. 

1:14PM

42 mins – Newcastle 0 Chelsea 1

I really like Mendy. He plays like a sweeper when Chelsea have the ball.

Mendy

1:11PM

39 mins – Newcastle 0 Chelsea 1

Joelinton is… he’s just not very good. I have no idea how or why Newcastle thought £40million was an appropriate valuation. There’s room for him to get much, much better and sometimes – mostly when playing as a nine – he’s pretty decent. But his first touch isn’t great today, his passing has been poor, bad decisions. I think he’s low on confidence. I also suspect he’d  be much better in a striker partnership next to another forward.

1:08PM

36 mins – Newcastle 0 Chelsea 1

Saint-Maximin has another chance to get a shot at goal, working his way from left to centre inside the box again but having his shot deflect over for a corner.

Chelsea go up the other end, taking advantage of Newcastle’s new desire to attack, and go close. Whenever Newcastle open up they are instantly in trouble.

1:04PM

33 mins – Newcastle 0 Chelsea 1

Newcastle have players forward! Saint-Maximin tries to work space for a shot, then disguises a pass to backheel it across the area… and Mendy is off his line quickly to smother. 

Chelsea can counter now! Newcastle are back as quickly as possible to block.

1:02PM

32 mins – Newcastle 0 Chelsea 1

WERNER!!!! WIDE! Chelsea’s high press is working really well, with Newcastle unable to get out of their own defensive third. Another turnover, the ball is pinged into Abraham, who cushions it to Werner, who takes a touch and then tries to tuck a shot back into the near corner. He drags it.

“Get men forward and pump one up there!” is Steve McManaman’s advice to Newcastle on co-commentary duty. I can’t find the mute button.

1:00PM

30 mins – Newcastle 0 Chelsea 1

Ooooohhhhh that would have been funny. Kovacic makes a little error with a misplaced short pass, Joelinton picks the ball up and spots Mendy miles off his line. A punted effort towards the goal from 40 yards lands harmlessly wide.

12:57PM

27 mins – Newcastle 0 Chelsea 1

Abraham gives away a free-kick as Lascelles falls over after kicking his shin. I wasn’t aware this change to the rules had been made. 

12:55PM

25 mins – Newcastle 0 Chelsea 1

What a ball by James. He is some player, honestly just such a brilliant right-back. I think I’d pick him ahead of every single other right-back in the Premier League at the moment and am now trying to think of a better player in the same position in the Champions League too. His delivery is ridiculously good, and a low ball across the six yard box almost gifts Werner a tap in at the back post. Newcastle survive.

12:53PM

22 mins – Newcastle 0 Chelsea 1

Rudiger punts a pass straight out for a throw-in, causing Chilwell to just stare at him. No words needed but the question of ‘why’ is clearly bouncing around the inside of his skull. 

Newcastle staff are urging players to get into Chelsea attackers but they’re just a yard off them and as soon as someone leaves their defensive position it creates space for an opponent. 

12:50PM

19 mins – Newcastle 0 Chelsea 1

The second Newcastle win the ball they look like giving it away again. There are no forward passing options, Chelsea have them squeezed back in their defensive shape. The best option to get up the pitch is give it to Saint-Maximin until he ends up being tackled.

12:46PM

16 mins – Newcastle 0 Chelsea 1

 Not a great record to hold. 

12:45PM

14 mins – Newcastle 0 Chelsea 1

I can only see a fairly easy Chelsea win from here. They’re moving the ball around so quickly, the movement is good, it’s aggressive, Newcastle don’t quite seem to have enough about them. Although as I type that they put a nice move together to get forward… and a poor pass gives Chelsea a chance to counter.

12:41PM

GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL!!!!!!

Newcastle 0 Chelsea 1

Newcastle are forced back, Chelsea squeezing them, pushing, win a corner, it’s played short and Mount crosses a ball to the back post. Nobody attacks it, Fernandez falls to the floor with no balance or control over what he’s doing, and Chilwell is there to tap it into the goal.

12:39PM

9 mins – Newcastle 0 Chelsea 0

This is the game now.

this is the game

12:36PM

6 mins – Newcastle 0 Chelsea 0

Newcastle already in a deep 5-4-1 shape, looking for a chance to win possession and spring a counter. They try one now but lose the ball early after a tackle by Chilwell, Werner is able to burst into space on the left and shoots low and hard to the far post! Turned behind. Great effort.

The corner is sent to the edge of the box and James goes for a Paul Scholes volley! Blocked by bodies in the box. 

12:34PM

4 mins – Newcastle 0 Chelsea 0

Mendy is sandwiched while trying to reach a corner but the referee lets play go on, presumably because Chelsea defenders are the ones squishing him in the box. 

Chelsea now have the ball and are zipping it around quickly.

12:32PM

1 mins – Newcastle 0 Chelsea 0

Joelinton charges at the Chelsea defence as he runs in from teh left but Zouma isn’t having it and slides in to wipe him out from behind. Newcastle trying to go at Chelsea early here. A free-kick into the area finds Fernandes in space but he heads into the floor and Chilwell can clear. Corner.

12:30PM

KICK OFF

Here we go! 

12:27PM

Here come the players

Chelsea have their lovely ice lolly pink shirts on, even though there’s not really a need for them. Blue vs black and white is quite a nice clash.

12:19PM

Jenas wants Newcastle to attack

“Don’t let Chelsea settle. They’ve got too many good players. When we used to play and a team sits off you you think ‘oh this is going to be a lovely day’.”

Joe Cole agrees and says Bruce should have his players firing into Chelsea from the start to give them a game. They might both be right but I’d say the players on the pitch and the shape doesn’t suit a high pressing game. Aggression in midfield is key but Newcastle have a two v three there… so that’s not really possible either, unless the forwards drop into the midfield to make a four, or wing-backs push up to make a four, but both of those leaves space free elsewhere.

12:14PM

The managers

Both Steve Bruce and Frank Lampard have stressed how painfully obvious it is to not start players who have traveled around the world for international duty. Bruce doesn’t really seem like he can be bothered answering predictable questions on team selection and style of play, while Lampard is quick to laugh off any suggestion that he ever fell out with Rudiger in the first place. 

12:08PM

What to expect today

We know that Chelsea will attack and Newcastle will defend, but that doesn’t mean Frank Lampard’s team will walk this. Newcastle are at their most dangerous on the counter and Chelsea’s style of play means they can often leave themselves vulnerable at the back if they lose possession. Balance is crucial for both but the problem is Newcastle can often be so defensive at times that the game looks weighted heavily towards the aggressive team trying to break them down… which allows Newcastle to hit on the break quickly. This could as easily be a 1-0 Newcastle smash and grab as a 4-0 Chelsea thrashing. Or a 0-0 draw. I don’t know, basically, is what I’m trying to say.

11:45AM

Hello!

How’s it going? Isn’t it great that international football is over again and we can get back to club games? It is wonderful. The stadiums are still empty, the players are knackered, and those things combined should gift us some fairly random results in the next wee while. 

The team news is in for today and there’s nothing too exciting. Newcastle are back in their 5-4-1 defend and counter-attack system, Chelsea have stacked their side with attacking players to ‘have a go’.

Antonio Rudiger has forced his way back into the team, so that’s one thing, but the most interesting part of Chelsea’s lineup to me is that Timo Werner starts wide left again. He wants to play as a central striker but just doesn’t get any touches of the ball, and is a player who needs the ball to show what he can do. Playing wide allows him to use his pace too and run into space rather than spend his time trying to shake markers in central positions, which happens to be exactly what Tammy Abraham is best at. Read more about that in my tactical analysis of it right here!

Kick off today is 12:30pm and you can follow live analysis and updates right here.

Source: The Telegraph Travels

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