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Sat 08 Feb 2014 15:00 (Attendance: 41,387)

PRE-MATCH BRIEFING: CHELSEA V NEWCASTLE UNITED

Our first Saturday home game of 2014 brings visitors down from the north-east. Club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton look at the next leg of the title race…


TALKING POINTS
Chelsea's wizards lifted Manchester City's cloak of invincibility on Monday. This was a thrilling, statement victory. The Blues did not park the bus as Fleet Street's finest universally predicted. They joy-rode it through the Manchester midfield, slalomed it around their defence, did wheel-spins in their flower beds and left it, doors open and engine racing, on their front lawn.

When the manager brings on a substitute - Demba Ba - in the dying seconds solely to mark the opposition goalkeeper and defend a corner, and that sub heads the ball to safety, you know the alchemist still has his spells book.

Jose Mourinho said afterwards the title race comprised 'Two horses and a little horse, that still needs milk and to learn how to jump.' The Portuguese is nobody's foal and was simply being realistic. Man City will not come up against a team like Chelsea every week.

Some recent Blues sides might not have been able to sustain the energy and high press for as long. This one will now believe they can, and against a battered, belligerent Newcastle United they may well have to. The Magpies' home thrashing last week meant for the first time in 91 years they have lost three successive games to local rivals Sunderland.

Yet no matter how miserably Geordie McIntyre fared long ago on his trip to the Smoke (according to Alan Price's 'Jarrow Song', played at St James' Park in honour of every visiting Cockney side), Newcastle have won their last four away games in London.

KEY STAT
Fifty-six per cent of Newcastle's Barclays Premier League goals this term have come from Yohan Cabaye, now with PSG, and Loic Remy, who is suspended this weekend.

 

Our Etihad showdown was one of the last of this campaign to feature the yellow ball, used between November and February (although this season it started on 26 October). The 'Yellow Ball' tables below serve as a measure of competence over the winter period and this season's points total is already by far the best from the Blues in recent years.

In fact you have to go back to the introduction of the 'High-Vis' football in 2004/05 to find the best performance: 42 points gained from just 16 games in Mourinho's debut season. That sequence formed the bedrock for a successful assault on the title. A difference this time is that City and Arsenal matched or bettered us. (By the way, note Man Utd's figures.)

 

'Yellow Ball' Top 5
2013/14 2012/13 2011/12 2010/12
Pld Pts Pld Pts Pld Pts Pld Pts
Man City 16 37 Man Utd 17 44 Man Utd 14 32 Man Utd 16 37
Arsenal 16 36 Man City 17 35 Tottenham 15 31 Arsenal 16 33
Chelsea 16 36 Tottenham 17 31 Man City 14 29 Man City 17 32
Liverpool 16 30 Arsenal 17 29 Arsenal 14 24 Liverpool 17 29
Everton 16 30 Liverpool 17 27 Chelsea 14 24 Tottenham 16 29
Man Utd 16 29 Everton 17 27 Sunderland 14 23  Sunderland 17 25
Tottenham 16 28 Chelsea 17 24 Liverpool 14 21 Stoke 16 23
Newcastle 16 26 Swansea 17 23 Newcastle 14 20 Chelsea 16 22

 

The fifth successive clean sheet on the road is perhaps the juiciest fruit from the seeds of defensive organisation sown in the first half of the season, and the defence has repelled all shots at Old Trafford, the Emirates or the Etihad.


PREMIER LEAGUE CLEAN SHEETS
Arsenal 11
West Ham 11
Chelsea 10
Everton 9
Southampton 9
Tottenham 9


However, Alan Pardew will have alerted his side to Chelsea's two clean sheets in nine matches at home in the league. His team are faring better on their travels and have lost only once in five games.

Mourinho will have been quick to highlight the stunning level of performance his team achieved in the fortress of the title favourites earlier this week. A championship-winning season is usually peppered with such performances as opposed to the one that saw two points dropped at home to West Ham.

Chelsea are now protecting the last unbeaten home record in the top flight but must win to avoid another shortfall like the one against the Hammers, West Brom, Stoke away… and Newcastle at St James' Park.

The Novocastrians can be exposed by high-tempo play and that was sometimes in short supply during those Chelsea performances. However, Eden Hazard is becoming a dashing, shape-changing forward with increasing regularity.

He is the perfect illustration why Mourinho, with Willian, Nemanja Matic and Mohamed Salah brought in and Cesar Azpilicueta preferred, has invested time and money in pace. It also explains why Oscar, such a vital team member all season, was omitted from Monday's starters - he is not quite as explosive as the trio asked to kick off in Manchester.

Also key to Monday's success was the all-angles harassment of City's lynchpin Yaya Toure by Matic and Willian. Willian's high-tempo work exemplified that of all three attacking midfielders, countless times nicking the ball off the toe of Toure or his bewildered partner Martin Demichelis.

The interplay between Matic and co also ensured the influential Ivorian had to do the midfield dog job more than he likes.

Two moments where Chelsea's Serbian midfielder shuddered into, dispossessed and carried the ball away from his Mancunian counterpart indicated Mourinho knew exactly what he was doing buying him back from Benfica.

Matic's one-touch passing under pressure also compares with that of the club's current maestro in that department, John Terry.

Terry is the highest-scoring Premier League defender from open play since 2008 with 18 goals. After his City winner Branislav Ivanovic (pictured below) is third highest on 15, behind the 17 notched by Gary Cahill - another remarkable achievement by the trio.

Ivanovic

Cahill was one of three Blues players to see an effort rebound off the frame of Joe Hart's goal. Hitting woodwork three times in one game is less common than might appear. Only two other league sides - Liverpool and Hull City - have registered the same level of dashed hopes in one game this season.

A man who ran onto the pitch during last weekend's Tyne/Wear derby was widely applauded by fellow Newcastle fans when he tried to hand manager Pardew his season ticket. It seems harsh on Pardew and his staff when one considers Toon are just nine points off fourth place. However that 0-3 home derby defeat followed the sale of their best player, Yohan Cabaye, while no one has come into the squad on a permanent basis for two transfer windows.

The Toon manager warned that not replacing Cabaye - infamously dubbed 'Kebab' by Joe Kinnear, the club's technical director - with a footballer of similar quality 'would leave us vulnerable.' That did not happen and perhaps Kinnear skewered himself - he has recently left his post.

A Chelsea victory would be our 65th against Newcastle in all competitions and place them equal with Everton as the club against whom we have recorded the most wins.

Elsewhere it is London versus Merseyside this weekend. The new six-point gap between third and fourth heaps pressure on Liverpool to beat leaders Arsenal in the early Saturday game and retain the Champions League qualifying slot ahead of rivals Everton. Anfield has been the toughest place to visit recently but Arsenal have remained consistent on the road so far.

The Toffees face a tricky Sunday trip to Tottenham, who still harbour their own elite European ambitions. Man City travel to Norwich, who find goals hard to come by at the best of times.


Barclays Premier League fixtures
Saturday
Liverpool v Arsenal 12.45pm - BT Sport
Aston Villa v West Ham 3pm
Chelsea v Newcastle 3pm
Crystal Palace v West Brom 3pm
Norwich v Manchester City 3pm
Southampton v Stoke 3pm
Sunderland v Hull 3pm
Swansea v Cardiff 5.30pm - Sky Sports
Sunday
Tottenham v Everton 1.30pm - Sky Sports
Manchester United v Fulham 4pm - Sky Sports

 

Barclays Premier League table - top eight
Pld Gd Pts
1 Arsenal 24 +26 55
2 Man City 24 +41 53
3 Chelsea 24 +24 53
4 Liverpool 24 +29 47
5 Everton 24 +12 45
6 Tottenham 24 -1 44
7 Man United 24 +10 40
8 Newcastle 24 +1 37

 

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PRE-MATCH BRIEFING: CHELSEA V NEWCASTLE UNITED

TACTICAL BRIEF
Another tough Premier League fixture looms for Chelsea on Tuesday at West Bromwich Albion - who came so close to ending Jose Mourinho's long unbeaten home league run - and he is certain to take that into account in his weekend selection. Alan Pardew has the luxury of a day longer to prepare for the visit of Tottenham on Wednesday.

Centre-forward Fernando Torres, out of action since 29 December, resumed training on Wednesday but this game comes too soon for him. Pacy new boy Mo Salah remained on the bench at the Etihad but could remind us what he is made of for the first time this weekend; he scored every time he played at the Bridge with Basel.

Oscar, a late substitute on Monday, may be back in line for a start in the no.10 role. Newcastle have proved vulnerable to counter-attacks and Mourinho will select those best placed to ruffle the Magpies' feathers.

It is pretty certain the visitors will not attack Chelsea as Man City did on Monday. In the aftermath of last week's 0-3 derby debacle, manager Pardew has promised to go 'back to basics'. Perhaps he meant a century or two.

In our 0-2 loss at St James' back in December Newcastle, and especially midfielder Moussa Sissoko, were handled leniently considering the fouls committed when Chelsea were running at them. That may not be the case with 40,000 in the crowd at the Bridge pointing out their tactics.

Pardew will be without his top two marksmen this season, suspended Loic Remy and Yohan Cabaye, who has joined PSG. The defeat by Sunderland was the first time brothers Shola and Sammy Ameobi have started a Premier League game together.

New striker signing Luuk de Jong (pictured below) came on at half-time against the Mackems and stated his intent by cracking off four shots. Willingness to have a go at goal from distance is a trait of all United's more offensive players and they are efficient at carving out chances from relatively little possession.

Luuk de Jong


They are equally keen to work the ball down the flanks for crosses or play a testing ball through the middle where Hatem Ben Arfa or Sylvain Marveaux can be a threat.

De Jong is comfortable playing with his back to goal, allowing them to push defences back, whereas Remy prefers to face play and run behind the backline.

Newcastle's starting 11 in the Tyne/Wear derby had a combined goals tally this season of just five. Gabriel Obertan may return on Saturday while Pardew all but ruled out Yoan Gouffran. Cabaye set up Gouffran's second-half opener against Chelsea earlier this season.

As well as their best midfielder and attacker, the Magpies are having to make do without first-choice central defender Fabricio Coloccini and De Jong's former teammate at Twente, the Toon captain and ball-winning midfielder Cheick Tiote, who picked up a hamstring injury in training.

In Coloccini's absence the Magpies' central defence is likely to comprise Steven Taylor and Mike Williamson, with attacking full-backs Davide Santon and Mathieu Debuchy, neither of whom was taken on enough in the match at St James' Park.

The loss of Tioté will be a particular headache for Pardew, with diminutive Vurnon Anita the only other specialist deep-lying midfielder available. This is always a significant area of battle for any side facing Chelsea's buzzing attacking quartet.

A brisk, intense start for the Blues against the reeling Geordies would be in order: they have lost eight of the nine games in which they have conceded first.

A final point for stealthy Sammy Eto'o, should he feature: goalie Tim Krul is fond of charging to the edge of his area at the slightest danger.

- Chelsea TV's 'Pre-match at the Bridge' starts at 2pm and is free to view on Sky Channel 421

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WE HAVE HISTORY
This fixture has been played at the Bridge since September 1907, when second-half goals from Jimmy Windridge and Billy Bridgeman earned the west Londoners a 2-0 win in Division One.

The same month 51 years later there was a remarkable 6-5 scoreline - a dream for newspaper sub-editors as there was a hit TV music show at the time called 'Six-Five Special.'

Desmond Hackett described it as 'a gorgeous, gurgling bit of football fun', which started on 19 minutes when brilliant 18-year-old Jimmy Greaves ghosted through the Geordie rearguard and crossed for Peter Brabrook (pictured below) to score. Thirteen minutes later reserve inside-left Bill Wright equalised after a John Mortimore error. Soon Newcastle were ahead through a Len White diving header.

Brabrook


Greaves hit back just before the break, weaving through three defenders to make it 2-2, and straight after the restart it was 3-2 to Chelsea, Mortimore's header hitting the bar, Greaves mopping up.

Wright's second and Newcastle's third rebounded off two Chelsea defenders and a post but counted all the same and the game turned yet again with Albert Franks' 25-yard shot after a corner: 3-4.

Amazingly, the visitors made it 3-5 when Reg Davies slipped his shot through Bill Robertson's legs. Ten minutes remained for the Blues' to salvage something when Tony Nicholas missed a golden chance. A second one presented itself to the same player almost immediately and this time he made no mistake.

Crucially two Magpies defenders then succumbed to injury and their defending collapsed in farce. Goalkeeper Stewart Mitchell attempted a throw-out to teammate Bob Stokoe, but the later Sunderland legend had his back turned and the ball simply rebounded for Ron Tindall to finish.

The Chelsea youth product then put the cap on proceedings with a brave header at full stretch to produce a final score of six goals to five.

Newcastle have won just three of their last 47 league matches at Stamford Bridge over 60 years. Their most recent success at the Bridge was in May 2012 when a Papiss Cisse brace secured the points for the Magpies.

Chelsea's win last season was our first at Stamford Bridge in the league since 2007.


Our last 10 league meetings at Stamford Bridge
2002/03 - Chelsea won 3-0
2003/04 - Chelsea won 5-0
2004/05 - Chelsea won 4-0
2005/06 - Chelsea won 3-0
2006/07 - Chelsea won 1-0
2007/08 - Chelsea won 2-1
2008/09 - Drew 0-0
2010/11 - Drew 2-2
2011/12 - Newcastle won 2-0
2012/13 - Chelsea won 2-0


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The reverse fixture this season
2 November 2013 Barclays Premier League
Newcastle.……..….…2 Chelsea………..……0
Gouffran 68 88
Att: 51,674


Chelsea v Newcastle in all competitions
Games played 154
Chelsea wins 64
Newcastle wins 51
Draws 39

Head to head in the League at Stamford Bridge
Games played 68
Chelsea wins 38
Newcastle wins 11
Draws 19

Biggest league win at Stamford Bridge for each team
25/10/1980 - Chelsea 6-0 Newcastle
12/09/1914 - Chelsea 0-3 Newcastle

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CHELSEA STATS
Since the November international break, the Blues have won 32 points from a possible 39. Only Man City with 34 have won more in the same period.

Chelsea have gained 14 points from losing positions this season, still the best record in the Barclays Premier League.

The Blues have won 12 of the 14 league games we have opened the scoring.

Chelsea are nine points up compared to the corresponding 24 fixtures last season.

We have kept eight clean sheets and conceded just two goals in our last 10 league and cup matches.

Chelsea have the tightest defence in the Premier League, conceding only 20 goals in 24 games including 10 clean sheets.

Chelsea have won 17 and drawn four of our last 21 home Premier League games, since QPR won at Stamford Bridge on 2 January last year.

Jose Mourinho is unbeaten at Stamford Bridge in all 88 domestic games in open play.


Last six results
Jan 5 Derby (FA Cup a) W 2-0
Jan 11 Hull (a) W 2-0
Jan 19 Manchester United (h) W 3-1
Jan 26 Stoke (FA Cup h) W 1-0
Jan 29 West Ham (h) D 0-0
Feb 3 Manchester City (a) W 1-0



Premier League scorers (44)
Hazard 9 (1 pen), Eto'o 6, Oscar 6, Lampard 4 (1 pen), Torres 4, Schurrle 3, Ivanovic 2, Terry 2, Willian 2, own goals 2, Ba 1, Cahill 1, Mikel 1, Ramires 1.


League games since
A home win: 1
A home draw: 0
A home defeat: 21

Chelsea's next three games
Tue 11 Feb West Brom away 7.45pm
Sat 15 Feb Man City (FA Cup 5th round) away 5.15pm
Sat 22 Feb Everton home 12.45pm

MILESTONES
If selected, Branislav Ivanovic will make his 250th appearance for the club as well as his 150th Premier League start.

Frank Lampard's next converted penalty will be his 50th for the Blues. His next goal will be his 250th in his club career (Chelsea 209, West Ham 39, Swansea 1).

If fit and selected, Fernando Torres will make his 100th Premier League appearance for Chelsea.

MAGPIES STATS
Formed
1881

Major trophies
4 League championships, last in 1927
6 FA Cups, last in 1955
1 Inter Cities Fairs Cup in 1969
1 FA Charity Shield in 1909


Newcastle have been Premier League runners-up twice, in 1995/96 and 1996/97. Their last major piece of silverware was the Inter Cities Fairs Cup in 1969 when they beat Hungarian side Ujpest Dozsa 6-2 over two legs.

The Magpies have a better away record than at home this term. They have picked up 19 points on the road from a possible 36 compared to 18 points from 12 games at St James' Park.

Only Arsenal and Tottenham, with eight, have won more away than Newcastle's six.

Maximum points have come at Aston Villa, Cardiff, Tottenham, Man Utd, Crystal Palace and West Ham, their one draw came in their last away game at Norwich, and five defeats to Man City, Everton, Sunderland, Swansea and West Brom.

Newcastle have failed to score in five of their last six Premier League games.

The Magpies have lost the last 15 Premier League games when they have been losing at half time.

Alan Pardew is the second longest serving manager in the Premier League.

Days in charge: 1,157
Played 148
Won 57
Drawn 36
Lost 55

Newcastle last 10 year league history
Pts Pos Division Level
2002/03 69 3rd Premier League 1
2003/04 56 5th Premier League 1
2004/05 44 14th Premier League 1
2005/06 58 7th Premier League 1
2006/07 43 13th Premier League 1
2007/08 43 12th Premier League 1
2008/09 34 18th Premier League 1
2009/10 102 1st Championship 2
2010/11 46 12th Premier League 1
2012/13 41 16th Premier League 1

Last six results
Jan 1 West Brom (a) L 0-1
Jan 4 Cardiff (h) L 1-2
Jan 12 Man City (h) L 0-2
Jan 18 West Ham (a) W 3-1
Jan 28 Norwich (a) D 0-0
Feb 1 Sunderland (h) L 0-3



Premier League scorers (32)
Remy 11, Cabaye 7, Gouffran 6, Ben Arfa 3 (1 pen), Cisse 1 (pen), Debuchy 1, Dummett 1, Sissoko 1, own goal 1.

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League games since
An away win: 1
An away draw: 0
An away defeat: 2


WINDOW WATCH
Completed January transfers
Chelsea

Ins Bertrand Traore (Bobo-Dioulasso, undisclosed), Nemanja Matic (Benfica, undisclosed), Mohamed Salah (Basel, undisclosed), Kurt Zouma (Saint-Etienne, undisclosed)
Outs Juan Mata (Man Utd, undisclosed), Kevin De Bruyne (Wolfsburg, undisclosed), Sam Walker (Colchester, undisclosed), Ryan Bertrand (Aston Villa, loan), Bertrand Traore (Vitesse Arnhem, loan), Patrick Bamford (Derby, loan), Kenneth Omeruo (Middlesbrough, loan), Nathaniel Chalobah (Middlesbrough, loan), Josh McEachran (Wigan, loan), Michael Essien (AC Milan, free), Jon Muleba (Bournemouth, undisclosed), Matej Delac, FK Sarajevo, loan), Billy Clifford (Royal Antwerp, loan), Kurt Zouma (Saint-Etienne, loan), Lamisha Musonda (released), Gael Kakuta (Lazio, loan), George Saville (Brentford, loan extension), Milan Lalkovic (Walsall, loan extension)
Newcastle
Ins Luuk De Jong (Borussia Monchengladbach, loan)
Outs James Tavernier (Rotherham United, loan), Harris Vuckic (Rotherham United, loan), Jonas Gutierrez (Norwich, loan), Yohan Cabaye (Paris St Germain, undisclosed), Curtis Good (Dundee United, loan)


THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE
Howard Webb is the referee for his fourth Chelsea match this term. He was the official for our defeat at Everton and home victories over Man City and Liverpool.


OTHERWISE ENGAGED
Newcastle's Loic Remy is suspended.


 

 

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Chelsea v Newcastle United

 

Chelsea

  • 1
    Petr Cech
  • 2
    Branislav Ivanovic
  • 24
    Gary Cahill
  • 4
    David Luiz
  • 28
    Cesar Azpilicueta
  • 21
    Nemanja Matic
  • 8
    Frank Lampard
  • 22
    da Silva Willian Substitution
  • 11
    Emboaba Oscar
  • 17
    Eden Hazard Substitution
  • 29
    Samuel Eto'o Substitution

Substitutions

  • 7
    Nascimento Ramires
  • 19
    Demba Ba Substitution
  • 12
    John Mikel
  • 15
    Mohamed Salah Substitution
  • 3
    Ashley Cole
  • 14
    Andre Schurrle Substitution
  • 23
    Mark Schwarzer
Shots on Target
7
6
Shots off Target
10
6
Corners
6
5
Fouls
7
10
Most fouls
Matic
Ameobi
2
3
Yellow Cards
3
Red Cards

Newcastle

  • 1
    Tim Krul
  • 26
    Substitution Mathieu Debuchy
  • 6
    Mike Williamson
  • 27
    Steven Taylor
  • 36
    Paul Dummett
  • 8
    Substitution Vurnon Anita
  • 3
    Davide Santon
  • 10
    Substitution Hatem Ben Arfa
  • 7
    Moussa Sissoko
  • 28
    Sammy Ameobi
  • 18
    Luuk De Jong

Substitutions

  • 13
    Substitution Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa
  • 15
    Substitution Dan Gosling
  • 21
    Rob Elliot
  • 23
    Shola Ameobi
  • 19
    Massadio Haidara
  • 43
    Adam Armstrong
  • 22
    Substitution Sylvain Marveaux

CHELSEA v NEWCASTLE - 08/02/14

Chelsea vs Newcastle United Highlights

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MATCH REPORT: CHELSEA 3 NEWCASTLE UNITED 0

Summary
Eden Hazard's first Chelsea hat-trick took the Blues back to the top of the league table.

The flying Belgian netted twice in open play in the first half, with the second of those strikes an especially fine move, and he completed the scoring from the penalty spot in the second half as the momentum built up by beating Manchester City was maintained by another invigorating team performance.

Newcastle started fairly brightly but were limited to a couple of chances each half, while Jose Mourinho's side improved during the first period and were a threat from the first goal onwards. With Arsenal heavily beaten at Anfield and Man City drawing at Norwich and again failing to find the net, we lead the pack by a point with 25 of the 38 games played.

Team News
John Terry missed his first Premier League minutes of the season as a precaution due to a minor muscle problem so David Luiz dropped back into defence.

Frank Lampard returned to midfield alongside Nemanja Matic and took the captain's armband, and Oscar was restored in the no.10 role with Ramires dropping to the bench. Willian and Hazard were the flank attackers with Samuel Eto'o again the spearhead.

Newcastle selected new loan signing Luuk de Jong as their centre-forward with Shola Ameobi dropped. Davide Santon moved forward from left-back to fill the midfield hole made by injury to Chieck Tiote, with Paul Dummett coming into the Magpies defence.

First half
Newcastle arrived in London off the back of a horror show against local rivals Sunderland in their last game, but also with the knowledge they had produced one of the best displays against Chelsea this season when these sides met back in November.

That day Jose Mourinho lamented a lack of urgency by his players when enjoying plenty of possession in the first half. There was to be no repeat of that failing in this return match at the Bridge.

Very soon after the start the man in red-hot form, Eden Hazard, was given the chance to move outside of centre-back Mike Williamson and shoot by Azpilicueta's pass, but Tim Krul saved on the floor. Lampard drilled a low free-kick a few yards wide as the early pressure was maintained.

Eto'o, in possession out wide, then found Lampard who doesn't need a second invitation to shoot, but Newcastle had plenty of men back to block.

Hatem Ben Arfa produced Newcastle's best moment of the opening spell when he wriggled away from Oscar but his shot was fielded by Cech before on 10 minutes, Lampard did manage to fire an effort through the defence but again Krul saved comfortably.

Just past the quarter-of-an-hour mark Chelsea began picking away at the Newcastle lock with some eye-catching passing and moving inside the penalty area, but weren't quite accurate enough with the final passes. Small margins were holding us back.

When Mourinho's men broke up a Newcastle attack on halfway, they counter-attacked in a flash through Willian and Hazard but Krul reached a low centre just ahead of the pouncing Eto'o. The Blues were looking good though, and Matic forced the ball on towards the visitors' area before Oscar's low, well-struck effort went wide. It was the closest attempt yet.

The opening goal was very much on the cards and it was the craft and accuracy of Hazard that led to the breakthrough. Having passed out wide to Ivanovic, the Belgian continued his run and when a return pass came into the middle, Hazard swept it first-time beyond the reach of Krul and into the far side of the net.

Chelsea v Newcastle

It had taken 27 minutes to take the lead but we were called upon to defend it five minutes later when Moussa Sissoko escaped in behind having been played onside by David Luiz. A combination of a poor touch by the winger and Cech swiftly racing to meet the danger denied the Geordies an equaliser.

A second goal for the Blues before half-time was highly desirable and it came just a minute after that scare. It was also brilliant.

David Luiz set the move on its way and his compatriot Willian carried the ball on. Hazard took over out on the left and charged goalwards before executing a sublime one-two with Eto'o, the Camroonian back-heeling into Hazard's path for a close-range finish. Krul was left helpess and the defence would have been chasing shadows had they existed on this gloomy, windy day.

Hazard could have had a first-half hat-trick but momentarily lacked composure and shot over as Chelsea broke again past Newcastle's pressing midfielders. Alan Pardew's team were chasing the game and that meant gaps to exploit.

Second half
Attacking the Matthew Harding End this half, Ivanovic, who was playing his 250th Chelsea game, was tripped not far from the Newcastle area by Ameobi who became the first player booked by Howard Webb.

Lampard's free-kick came to nothing but Chelsea almost added a third goal just six minutes after the restart thanks to a moment of slapstick from the Newcastle keeper. David Luiz had lofted a ball forward and as it bounced, Krul, who had raced to meet it, realised he had come too far and was outside his area. As he slammed on the brakes he slipped and the ball cleared him. Unfortunately it also rolled wide of the goal just too far ahead of the chasing Oscar.

Chelsea v Newcastle

Krul needed treatment on his ankle soon after but played on and was able to pouch the ball as an Eto'o shot was half-blocked by Williamson.

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, who had come on at right-back for injured Mathieu Debuchy shortly before half-time, was booked for a crude tackle on Hazard and this time Lampard from out wide extended Krul with the free-kick.

A corner followed, miss-struck by Lampard but Newcastle hadn't escaped. Yanga-Mbiwa was again the villain, pulling down Eto'o at the far post as the ball was delivered and a penalty was awarded.

Lampard generously passed up the chance of his 50th Chelsea penalty goal to allow Hazard the chance of a hat-trick. The invitation was taken as Krul was wrong-footed by the 23-year-old for his 14th goal of the season.

Chelsea v Newcastle

There were 27 minutes left on the clock to add to the 3-0 lead. Newcastle went close with a good move but Ameobi shot wide.

On 77 minutes came a Chelsea debut, Mohamed Salah brought on for Willian who had again played his part.

Salah had one half-chance to score after two other subs - Ba and Schurrle - sprung a counter-attack but the Egyptian screwed his shot wide, and then he had a very good opportunity made by Oscar but shot too close to Krul. He was also lunged at by Sissoko who was punished with a yellow card.

Chelsea v Newcastle

Newcastle missed a sitter that fell to substitute Sylvain Marveaux before the end but further Chelsea goals would have come but for wayward shooting by Schurrle and Ba.

As the whistle blew Chelsea were able to celebrate three goals, three points and a seventh clean sheet in the last eight games. Before the game Petr Cech was presented by the club with a commemorative trophy to mark his new clean sheet record set last month. It was handed over by the man he surpassed, Peter Bonetti.

Next up for Chelsea's stars of today is an away league trip to West Brom on Tuesday night.

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, D Luiz, Azpilicueta; Lampard (c), Matic; Willian (Salah 77), Oscar, Hazard (Schurrle 84); Eto'o (Ba 71).
Unused subs Schwarzer, Cole, Mikel, Ramires.
Scorer Hazard 27, 34, 63 pen.

Newcastle (4-5-1): Krul; Debuchy (Yanga-Mbiwa 40), Williamson, S Taylor, Dummett; Ben Arfa (Gosling 64), Anita (Marveaux 84), Santon, Sissoko (c), Sammy Ameobi; De Jong.
Unused subs Elliot, Haidara, Shola Ameobi, Armstrong.
Booked Sammy Ameobi 48, Yanga-Mbiwa 60, Sissoko 89. 

Referee Howard Webb
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  • You can buy a digital version of either the programme or the magazine to download to your tablet and mobile devices.
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  • Registered users can also read extracts from the matchday programme right here on chelseafc.com for free in the form of the manager and captain's programme notes written for every home game.

Digital Programme

DIGITAL MATCHDAY PROGRAMME

Chelsea's official matchday programme will be available to download in digital format for Android and iOS tablets as well as Android mobile devices for the first time during the 2013/14 season. Our award-winning publication is released for every home game and is packed full of exclusive content, making it a must read for Blues fans of all ages.

Regular features in the programme for 2013/14 season include:

  • Read Jose Mourinho's thoughts in his exclusive manager's notes
  • Exclusive player features and regular Q&As with first-teamers
  • All the latest behind-the-scenes images and gossip from Cobham in The Insider
  • Captain's column
  • Detailed coverage of our opponents
  • In-depth look at the history of Chelsea FC and regular interviews with club legends
  • Column with different celebrity fan in each issue
  • Match analysis
  • All the latest Blues news
  • Under-21s, Academy and ladies pages

Single Issues = £2.99
Annual subscription = £39.99 (only available on iOS)


>> Android: click here to download or search "CFC Programme" in Google Play

>> iOS: click here to download or seach "CFC Programme" in the Newsstand


*Please note matchday programmes are available to download on the day of a home fixture

 

Digital Magazine

DIGITAL MAGAZINE

Chelsea magazine, the official monthly publication of Chelsea Football Club, is now available to download digitally for Android and iOS tablets, as well as Android mobile devices. Packed full of exclusive features, it is a must read for any discerning Blues fan. You can buy the latest issue of the magazine now for just £2.99.

Regular features in the magazine for 2013/14 include:

  • Jose Mourinho answering a selection of fans' question in every issue
  • Exclusive players feature with stunning behind-the-scenes images courtesy of the club's official photographer
  • The Games That Made Me Q&A with first-team squad members
  • Celebrity fan interviews
  • Bespoke historical features, catching up with former favourites and reminiscing on classic matches
  • Guest columnist Sebastian Coe
  • Detailed round-up of all the month's matches and full news summary
  • Academy player profile and summary of all the youth-team, reserve and Chelsea Ladies action
  • Shed End section devoted to the fans

Single Issues = £2.99
Annual subscription = £29.99 (only available on iOS)

Android >> click here to download this month's magazine  or search "CFC Magazine" in Google Play

iOS  >> click here to download this month's magazine or search "CFC Magazine" in the Newsstand

*Offer ends 28 February 2014.

Matchday Programme

PSG - 8/4/14 - MOURINHO

We begin this second leg knowing exactly what we need to do to progress...

PSG - 8/4/14 - JT

These are the big games, the big nights we all dreamed of as kids growing up, and we need big performances all round tonight if we are to go through...

ARSENAL - 22/3/14 - MOURINHO

We have another big derby game today...

ARSENAL - 22/3/14 - JT

What a great night Tuesday was...

GALATASARAY- 18/3/14 - JT

Before we talk about Galatasaray and Didier's return, I want to say how gutted we were to lose three points at Villa on Saturday evening...

GALATASARAY - 18/3/14 - MOURINHO

Tonight, we return to the Champions League and we, like Manchester United, find ourselves in a difficult position, where we are left to defend English football in Europe...

EVERTON - 22/2/14 - MOURINHO

At the moment, we are top of the league with three points more than Manchester City - or the same points if they win their game in hand...

EVERTON - 22/2/14 - JT

We go into this game top of the league and, with our match being the early kick-off this weekend, a win here against Everton is vital...

NEWCASTLE UNITED - 8/2/14 - MOURINHO

Are you happy with our players' performance at Manchester City? If so, show them today!

NEWCASTLE UNITED - 8/2/14 - JT

Monday night was a brilliant performance and a great result for us...

WEST HAM UNITED - 29/01/14 - MOURINHO

Tonight we go into a difficult game against West Ham understanding the importance of ensuring we take three points from this London derby...

WEST HAM UNITED- 29/01/14 - JT

After a good win over Stoke in the FA Cup, we come back to the league today with a London derby and we are determined to keep our winning streak going now...

MAN UNITED - 19/01/14 - MOURINHO

Today, we play against the champions. We don't play against a team that is 11 points away from the leaders, we play versus Manchester United...

MAN UNITED - 19/01/14 - JT

We are back at Stamford Bridge today after three away games on the spin, from which we've picked up three important wins...

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