Chelsea moved to the highest of the Premier League desk, if just for a number of hours, after a strong win at Newcastle United, their fifth straight victory in all competitions.
Federico Fernandez’s personal purpose set the Blues on their method, the Argentine defender poking the ball over his personal line whereas underneath stress from Ben Chilwell.
Chelsea oozed high quality, Newcastle keeper Karl Darlow producing wonderful saves to disclaim the superb Timo Werner in addition to a close-range header by Tammy Abraham.
However Abraham made certain of the factors with a sensible end following Werner’s go after Newcastle had threatened by way of Isaac Hayden and Joelinton. Sean Longstaff hit the bar for the house facet in the direction of the tip.
Chelsea, who began the day fifth, are high the desk on purpose distinction forward of Leicester, who’re at Liverpool on Sunday.
Aston Villa, who host Brighton at 15:00 GMT, may change Chelsea on the summit with a giant win, whereas Tottenham, who entertain Manchester Metropolis at 17:30, will transfer to the summit with a victory.
Six clear sheets in seven for Blues
Not solely do Chelsea lead their group within the Champions League, they’re now high of the Premier League for the primary time since Frank Lampard took cost in July 2019.
This was the primary of 9 video games within the subsequent 4 weeks for Lampard’s facet and the Chelsea boss needed to plan for it with out a number of key gamers who had been nonetheless away on worldwide responsibility 48 hours earlier than this match.
It had prompted Lampard to name for Saturday early kick-offs to be scrapped instantly after a global break however the Blues made a ferocious begin that caught Newcastle chilly.
Werner and Abraham had already been thwarted by Darlow when Chelsea swept into an early lead, Fernandez inadvertently turning Mason Mount’s cross previous his personal keeper after a brief nook.
That was Chelsea’s thirty fifth purpose in 14 league and cup video games nevertheless it ought to have been extra earlier than half-time.
Werner, who had a purpose disallowed for offside late on, was a inventive drive all through however the Germany ahead was additionally wasteful.
When Newcastle did mount a uncommon assault, Chelsea had been strong on the again.
Antonio Rudiger, beginning rather than 36-year-old Thiago Silva who had performed for Brazil in midweek, marked his first league begin of the season with an vital block to disclaim Allan Saint-Maximin because the Blues chalked up a sixth clear sheet in seven video games.
Abraham’s second purpose in as many league video games made certain of the factors earlier than Mount went near including a 3rd.
Wilson a giant miss for Magpies
With out main scorer Callum Wilson, Newcastle failed to attain for the second successive sport.
Wilson, lacking with a hamstring harm, has netted six of his facet’s 10 top-flight targets this season however Newcastle by no means recovered after a sluggish begin.
Darlow stored his facet within the match with some wonderful saves earlier than Abraham’s second-half end killed the sport off.
Newcastle’s trigger was not helped by the lack of Jamaal Lascelles to harm, the captain failing to look initially of the second half after taking place closely.
Steve Bruce despatched on Miguel Almiron, who solely arrived again from worldwide responsibility with Paraguay on Friday, and Andy Carroll to try to rescue a degree.
Carroll appeared set to attain his first purpose since returning to Newcastle for a second spell 15 months in the past, however his try in harm time was deflected huge for a nook.
House discomforts for Magpies – the stats
- Newcastle have misplaced 5 of their final seven house matches within the Premier League.
- For the reason that begin of 2019-20, Tammy Abraham has scored 23 targets in all competitions, 11 greater than some other Chelsea participant.
- Newcastle boss Steve Bruce has gained simply two of his 24 Premier League video games as supervisor in opposition to Chelsea.
- Chelsea keeper Edouard Mendy has seven clear sheets in 9 appearances for Chelsea in all competitions.
- Since his debut in September 2014, no Premier League participant has scored extra personal targets within the competitors than Federico Fernandez (5 – stage with Lewis Dunk).
Whereas Newcastle go to Crystal Palace within the Premier League subsequent Friday (20:00 GMT), Chelsea are in France on Tuesday to face Rennes in Group E of the Champions League (17:55). They then host Spurs on Sunday, 29 November (16:30).
Extra to observe.
- 19ManquilloSubstituted forAlmirónat 65′minutes
- 6LascellesSubstituted forSchärat 45′minutes
- 23MurphyBooked at 45mins
- 36S Longstaff
- 14HaydenBooked at 39mins
- 10Saint-MaximinSubstituted forCarrollat 74′minutes
- 21ChilwellSubstituted forEmersonat 82′minutes
- 22ZiyechSubstituted forGiroudat 87′minutes
- 11WernerSubstituted forHudson-Odoiat 76′minutes
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Match ends, Newcastle United 0, Chelsea 2.
Second Half ends, Newcastle United 0, Chelsea 2.
Try blocked. Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea) proper footed shot from outdoors the field is blocked. Assisted by Mason Mount.
Try blocked. Jacob Murphy (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outdoors the field is blocked.
Nook, Newcastle United. Conceded by Antonio Rüdiger.
Try blocked. Andy Carroll (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the centre of the field is blocked. Assisted by Isaac Hayden.
Tammy Abraham (Chelsea) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Foul by Jamal Lewis (Newcastle United).
Foul by Emerson (Chelsea).
Miguel Almirón (Newcastle United) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Offside, Chelsea. Reece James tries a by way of ball, however Olivier Giroud is caught offside.
Foul by Reece James (Chelsea).
Sean Longstaff (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Substitution, Chelsea. Olivier Giroud replaces Hakim Ziyech.
Nook, Newcastle United. Conceded by Kurt Zouma.
Nook, Chelsea. Conceded by Fabian Schär.
Substitution, Chelsea. Emerson replaces Ben Chilwell.
Try blocked. Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea) proper footed shot from outdoors the field is blocked. Assisted by Tammy Abraham.
Nook, Newcastle United. Conceded by Édouard Mendy.
Try saved. Miguel Almirón (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the left facet of the field is saved within the high left nook. Assisted by Joelinton.