LIVE: Chelsea vs Newcastle

SUBS: Fabian Schar, Freddy Woodman, Javier Manquillo, Federico Fernandez, Jacob Murphy, Joselu, Jamie Sterry.

NEWCASTLE UNITED (5-4-1): Martin Dubravka; DeAndre Yedlin, Jamaal Lascelles (c), Florian Lejeune, Ciaran Clark, Matt Ritchie; Ayoze Perez, Sean Longstaff, Isaac Hayden, Christian Atsu; Salomon Rondon.

SUBS: Willy Caballero, Andreas Christensen, Ethan Ampadu, Emerson, Ross Barkley, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Olivier Giroud.

CHELSEA (4-3-3): Kepa Arrizabalaga; Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Antonio Rudiger, Marcos Alonso; N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic; Willian, Eden Hazard, Pedro.

On paper, Newcastle United look like the ideal opponents for Chelsea today. Rafa Benitez’s men have won only one of their eight league games since the start of December and have sunk back into the relegation zone. Another defeat here wouldn’t be terminal, but the Magpies need to break their slide, and fast.

Chelsea have started 2019 with a miniature wobble. After losing to Tottenham midweek in the League Cup and being held 0-0 by Southampton in the Premier League last time out, suddenly the Blues are potentially facing three games without a victory. Maurizio Sarri will be keen for his team to get back to winning ways and keep distance from the teams below them.

Hello and welcome to our live commentary of this Premier League match between Chelsea and Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge.

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