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DeAndre Yedlin's late own goal ensured Maurizio Sarri's perfect start to life in the Premier League continued as Chelsea beat Newcastle United 2-1 in a frantic and controversial finish.
Chelsea had appeared to have adapted quickly to Sarri's famously expansive style of play, winning their opening two league games after being well beaten by Manchester City in the Community Shield.
However, they came up against a stubborn and well-organised defence at St James' Park and struggled to break Newcastle down despite a dominance of possesion that bordered on the ridiculous.
The visitors were handed a huge boost 14 minutes from time as referee Paul Tierney ruled Fabian Schar had fouled Marcos Alonso in the box, despite replays suggesting the Switzerland international had got his foot to the ball.
Eden Hazard, making his first start for Chelsea since helping Belgium to the semi-finals of the World Cup, dispatched a confident penalty, although Martin Dubravka got a fingertip to the ball.
It was Chelsea's turn to feel aggrieved when Yedlin appeared to elbow Olivier Giroud in the build-up to Joselu heading a near-post equaliser, but the American handed Chelsea three points by inadvertently turning in Marcos Alonso' first-time effort.
Minutes later! Chelsea go ahead! It's an own goal from DeAndre Yedlin.
Joselu levels up for Newcastle! 1-1! Game on!
Goal! Hazard gives Chelsea the lead from the penalty spot!
Will Rafa Benitez shut up shop against Chelsea? Andy Gray seems to think so!
Chelsea team news! Eden Hazard starts for the first time this season, as does Mateo Kovacic! Willian & Ross Barkley drops to the bench.
Team News! No Jonjo Shelvey or Jamaal Lascelles for Newcastle. A raft of debuts for the side Federico Fernandez, Fabian Schär, Ki Sung-yueng & Salomon Rondon all make debuts.
Hello! Welcome to the Live Updates of Newcastle Vs Chelsea. Toon fans have been vocal in recent weeks about the way their club has been run under Mike Ashley, will Rafa Benitez be able to get the better of his former side Chelsea. As ever, we will have all the latest updates, including the goals as they come in!
Newcastle United will be targeting their first home win of the 2018/2019 Premier League season but will face an uphill task against a Chelsea side who have picked up maximum points so far this season. You can watch the match stream of Newcastle Vs Chelsea via beIN SPORTS CONNECT.
The Magpies will be frustrated last time out following their 1-1 draw with Cardiff. Rafa Benitez’s side had the perfect opportunity to come away from the Welsh capital with all three points, however, Kenedy’s tame effort was easily saved by Cardiff stopper Neil Etheridge.
Jonjo Shelvey will have a crucial role in midfield for the Magpies against Chelsea. The English midfielder has a fantastic range of passing that could get this side out of trouble if being pressed back for large portions of the contest. The former Liverpool midfielder is feisty in the tackle and is likely to start In central midfield.
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TV Channel- HD 11
Stadium- St James' Park, Newcastle
Chelsea showed their class last weekend defeating Arsenal 3-2 in the London derby. The Blues raced into a 2-0 lead before Arsenal came back into the contest, scoring two goals in four first-half minutes to level the score at 2-2. Maurizio Sarri’s men upped the pressure throughout the second half before Marcos Alonso scored a late winner with ten minutes to spare.
In team news, Sarri is likely to keep with summer signing Jorginho anchoring midfield, whilst Álvaro Morata is also likely to lead the line. Eden Hazard, Olivier Giroud & Gary Cahill are fitness concerns for the side.
Pedro has scored in his last two Premier League games and will be a threat against Newcastle. The Spanish winger is fresh from committing his long-term future at Chelsea and has been playing some of his best football in recent weeks.
Chelsea does not have a good recent record at St James' Park and Pedro could be the player to unlock a typically stubborn to break down Newcastle backline.
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