Preview - Chelsea vs Newcastle 2 Dec

Started by Bensergi, Dec 02, 2017, 11:49 AM

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Chelsea vs Newcastle

Rafael Benitez heads back to Stamford Bridge for the first time since he took charge of Chelsea for seven months that ended with a Europa League conquest in the 2012/13 season.

There will be no favours for the Spaniard though. His Newcastle side recovered from a two-goal deficit in midweek to draw, ending a sequence of four straight defeats in the process. Chelsea narrowly beat Swansea 1-0 and will be happy to claim all three points.

The champions have dropped eight points at the Bridge this season, two more than their title-winning campaign.

Chelsea can depend on a fine head-to-head record against the Magpies, have lost just one of their last 22 top-flight home games against them.

If Newcastle lose, it will be their 70th Premier League defeat in London - which would be a joint-high with Everton.

Chelsea are likely to recall key men Eden Hazard and Cesar Azpilicueta to their starting line-up.

Hazard played the final nine minutes against Swansea, while Azpilicueta was an unused substitute.

The Blues are without injured quartet David Luiz, Michy Batshuayi, Charly Musonda and Kenedy.

Jamaal Lascelles, Christian Atsu and Paul Dummett are again likely to be unavailable for Newcastle because of injuries.

Prediction: Chelsea 3-1 Newcastle


Match Stats:

  • Chelsea 3-1 Newcastle
  • Shots: 23-8
  • Possession: 66%-34%
  • Corner kicks: 11-4

Eden Hazard struck twice as Chelsea came from behind to beat Newcastle United 3-1.

Newcastle took the lead on 12 minutes when Dwight Gayle pounced on a loose ball after Thibaut Courtois had dived at the feet of Jacob Murphy.

Andreas Christensen hit the post on 20 minutes, but 31 seconds later Chelsea levelled, Hazard firing past Karl Darlow.

Chelsea edged ahead on 33 minutes when Victor Moses crossed for Morata's fifth, and his side's ninth, headed goal of the season.

Hazard sealed the win with a penalty after Moses has been felled by Matt Ritchie.

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