Preview - Newcastle United vs Chelsea 19 January 20

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Match Day 23
Newcastle United vs. Chelsea
Sunday, January 19th 2020
01:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: St. James' Park

Newcastle United:
Last five matches form: W L L L D
Average goals per match: 0.95
Average goals against per match: 1.55
Top Scorer: Jonjo Shelvey (5)

Last five matches form: W L W D W
Average goals per match: 1.77
Average goals against per match: 1.32
Top Scorer: Tammy Abraham (13)

It hasn't been plain sailing for Frank Lampard in the Chelsea hot-seat, but overall he ought to be pretty pleased with his work headed into the second half of the season. Currently holding on to that all-important fourth spot with a five point gap back to fifth, they are favourites for Champion's League qualification as things stand. Next up for the Blues is a trip to the North East to take on a Newcastle United outfit for whom survival remains the number one objective.

Chelsea have been pretty dominant in this fixture of late in winning six of the past seven meetings between the sides - including a 2-1 success in the game here last year and a 1-0 victory in the reverse fixture in the current campaign.

Newcastle have been very injury hit of late, although their problems may be easing off just a little now. Dwight Gayle, Javier Manquillo, Paul Dummett and Jack Colback are all still confirmed absentees from this one though. Chelsea must make do without Marco van Ginkel, Christian Pulisic and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Having gone unbeaten in eight at home, Newcastle have now lost their last two in front of their own fans, at the hands of Everton and Leicester City. Having conceded one or fewer in eight of their first nine here, defensive errors have been slipping in a little of late both at home and away.

Chelsea have been largely excellent on their travels in winning seven of eleven - hitting two or more goals in all seven of those wins. They were held in their most recent away fixture at Brighton though.

Newcastle are likely to be pushed back here, but that may actually suit as it minimises their chances of being caught on the counter. That said, the home side aren't looking as solid as they did earlier in the season and are likely to still come up short.

Prediction: Newcastle United 1 - 2 Chelsea


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 1 - 0
Shots: 7 - 19
Shots on target: 2 - 4
Corner Kicks: 1 - 10
Possession: 30% - 70%

Just the one booking for each side in this one, with referee Chris Kavanagh taking the names of Isaac Hayden of the home side and Emerson of Chelsea.

Wow! What a conclusion at St. James' Park. Having had their backs against the wall for just about the duration of this one, and with the majority of the home crowd no doubt happy to see their side holding out for a point, Steve Bruce's Magpies went one better than that to take all three points late in the piece.

Chelsea will no doubt feel hard done by, and its pretty tough to argue with that in all honesty. Whilst they didn't deserve to lose the game though, they weren't exactly piling up the chances, with Newcastle's typically determined defending resulting in the Blues becoming increasingly frustrated.

It was actually Newcastle who had the first big chance of the game. Joelinton getting up to meet a cross in from the right and doing well to direct a header at goal. Unfortunately for the Brazilian though his effort was kept out by the crossbar.

Chelsea's best chance of the opening period came when N'Golo Kanté was slipped in in the right of the area. He fired low and towards the near post but was denied by the legs of Martin Dubravka. Goalless at the interval.

Chelsea were particularly dominant in the second half as Newcastle struggled to keep hold of the ball. The best chance falling to Tammy Abraham who's stabbed effort took a touch off Dubravka before being cleared by Matt Ritchie from close to the line.

And then in the fourth and final minute of stoppage time, and completely against the run of play, Newcastle won it. A corner from the left being blocked to Allan Saint-Maximin whose wicked cross was headed home into the bottom right from six yards by Isaac Hayden. Kepa Arrizabalaga getting a hand to it but being unable to keep it out. 1-0 final score.

Chelsea stay fourth and five points clear of Manchester United ahead of the weekends big clash at Anfield. Newcastle move up to twelfth and are now seven points clear of the relegation zone.

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