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Hudson-Odoi scores first Premier League goal in Chelsea cruise

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Three different Chelsea players scored in a comfortable 3-0 defeat of Burnley at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

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Jorginho, Callum Hudson-Odoi, and Tammy Abraham scored for Chelsea, who was without injured Christian Pulisic.

The Blues stay fourth in moving onto 39 points, while Burnley’s 24 are just four clear of the Bottom Three.


Three things we learned

1. Abraham’s baker dozen just the tip of the iceberg: Tammy Abraham has a nose for goal, and the 22-year-old now has 13 league goals this season despite not regularly impressing in other areas of the field. He may still dip in and out of play, sometimes for entire halves, but watch out if Frank Lampard is able to harness his knack for goal into a complete product.

2. Burnley tempting fate: We’re not here to doubt Sean Dyche, but the statistics are quite ready to ask whether the Clarets can defy logic again to remain in the Premier League. Over-simplified: Burnley readily concedes possession and doesn’t pass the ball well, depending on hustle and pressure to produce chances (as well as long balls lumped to the forwards). Its 68 percent passing will finish last in the top flight, and we’re able to project that in January. Still Dyche will probably just beat up everyone and finish 15th. His teams get it done.

3. James staking his claim: Chelsea’s 20-year-old right back Reece James was very good again on Saturday, providing an assist and forcing Nick Pope into a big save in the first half. Already an excellent passer with a willingness to tackle, the future is very much his for the taking.

Man of the Match: Willian had his nose in everything his side of the pitch, and just gets the nod over James.


Burnley thought it was ahead when Jeff Hendrick headed Ben Mee‘s flick home, but the midfielder was offside.

Chelsea then found its way to the spot when Matthew Lowton‘s short slide caught Willian inside the box.

Jorginho calmly wrong-footed Nick Pope for 1-0 in the 28th.

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The Blues made it 2-0 when Reece James crossed for Abraham to nod past a baffled Pope.

The Burnley keeper would make a point-blank save on James in the 41st for a measure of redemption.

Hudson-Odoi broke his Premier League duck in the 49th minute, the first to Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross as Burnley’s defenders were nowhere.

Rodriguez double leads Burnley, Newcastle needs replay in early FA Cup results

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Burnley and Newcastle both progressed as the early Saturday slate of FA Cup third round games provided plenty of morning action.

Jay Rodriguez struck a brace as Burnley pounded League One side Peterborough United 4-2. The lead was never really in question, only conceding via a bad mistake at the back by defender Matthew Lowton in the first half and a messy set-piece chance in the second half. Otherwise, it was all Sean Dyche‘s side who also got goals from Erik Pieters and Jeff Hendrick, the latter coming via a massive deflection.

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Newcastle United was often put under pressure by League One side Rochdale, Miguel Almiron’s early goal was not enough as the hosts equalized with 11 minutes to go to force a replay. Rochdale was the better side in the second half, but Ian Henderson hit the post with a tight-angle shot from point-blank range, and Martin Dubravka made a stunning save on Oliver Rathbone in the 74th minute. 40-year-old Aaron Wilbraham took advantage of some hideous Newcastle defending to level the scoreline late. Rathbone should have won it for Rochdale in the 90th minute but stunningly scuffed his chance with the goal gaping. There was good news for U.S. National Team fans, as DeAndre Yedlin surprisingly proved fit despite a hand injury and played well throughout.

Rotherham fell a man down just 24 minutes in after an ugly high challenge by Adam Thompson, and they blew a 2-1 second-half lead, falling late to Hull City 3-2. Tom Eaves was the man of the hour, with his 66th minute equalizer providing the stepping stone, and he picked up his hat-trick to win it in the 92nd minute. Hull nearly blew it moments later, with Rotherham hitting the post, but it was Eaves’ day at the final whistle.

Millwall hammered Newport County 3-0, going ahead inside the opening 10 minutes through former Fulham striker Matt Smith, before Connor Mahoney and Tom Bradshaw put the game away in the second half. Millwall, sitting seventh in the Championship table, was an attacking threat throughout and dominated play against their League Two opposition.

Birmingham City survived to force a replay despite falling a man down with a half-hour to play, finishing level at 1-1 with Blackburn Rovers. Bristol City and Shrewsbury Town will also need a replay after finishing level 1-1, with goals by Famara Diedhiou and Sean Goss cancelling each other out.

Coming up in the next set of games, Brighton & Hove Albion hosts Sheffield Wednesday,

Watch Live: Brighton v. Chelsea; Burnley v. Aston Villa

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Two Premier League games take center stage early on New Year’s Day as Brighton host Chelsea and Aston Villa travel to Burnley.

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In team news Brighton make two changes from their win against Bournemouth with Steven Alzate and Adam Webster coming in.

Chelsea revert to a 4-3-3 formation after their win at Arsenal with Reece James, Christian Pulisic and Jorginho back in the starting lineup.

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Aston Villa make five changes from the team which lost at Watford last time out as Neil Taylor, Marvelous Nakamba, Trezeguet, Frederic Guilbert and Tyrone Mings all come in.

Burnley make one change to their starting lineup following their loss against Man United with Robbie Brady coming in for Jeff Hendrick.

Burnley batter sorry West Ham

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Burnley beat West Ham United 3-0 at Turf Moor on Saturday, as the Clarets battered the Hammers to move above them in the table.

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Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood set them on their way in the first half, while an own goal from West Ham goalkeeper Roberto summed up an awful defensive display from the Hammers.

With the win Burnley now have 15 points, while West Ham remain on 13.


3 things we learned

1. Roberto continues to struggle: Lukasz Fabianski was the best goalkeeper in the PL early in the season. His injury have hit the Hammers hard. Roberto, in his debut PL season, is struggling and he was at fault for two of Burnley’s three goals.

2. Burnley show best version of themselves: This display was peak Burnley, as they whipped in dangerous crosses and Barnes and Wood bullied the West Ham defense. Burnley have quietly gone about their business this season and this was another example of them keeping the game simple. They sit in ninth place and when Barnes and Wood.

3. Pellegrini under pressure: West Ham have now lost five of their last seven games in all competitions and they are without a win since they beat Man United 2-0 on Sept. 22. It’s not just the defeats for the Hammers, but the nature of them as they’ve conceded six goals in their last two games. After another summer of big spending, the pressure is on Pellegrini.

Man of the Match: Dwight McNeil – His deliveries caused West Ham problems all game long, and he should have had three assists if Wood didn’t have a goal ruled out via VAR. The England U21 winger has matured superbly and is much more consistent in the final third.


Robert Snodgrass headed just wide as West Ham started well on the road.

But Roberto then punched a harmless effort out, via a deflection from Barnes which should have been a goal kick, but it was given as a corner and that’s how West Ham fell behind.

From the resulting corner Burnley went 1-0 up, Dwight McNeil’s cross found James Tarkowski who nodded it to Barnes who celebrated his new contract with a goal.

Andriy Yarmolenko had to replace the injured Mark Noble as West Ham tried to get back in the game.

Burnley thought they had gone 2-0 up as McNeil’s fine cross found Wood who headed home, but VAR ruled out the goal due the Burnley striker being just offside.

Wood did make it 2-0 just before half time, as Valbuena gave the ball away and McNeil crossed for Wood to smash home. The New Zealand striker then celebrated by putting his finger to his ear and mimicking a VAR check…

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Yarmolenko curled a shot on target at the start of the second half as the Hammers improved, but then they shot themselves in the foot. Again.

A corner from McNeil was punched into his own net by Roberto as Burnley sealed the win.

Aaron Cresswell should have scored but Nick Pope denied him, while at the other end Roberto did save well to keep out Phil Bardsley‘s long-range effort, then to deny Wood and Jeff Hendrick.

Overall, the Hammers put in a poor display and Burnley ran out deserved winners and it got even worse for the away side late on as substitute Manuel Lanzini suffered a serious looking shoulder injury.

Pulisic Watch: American makes Chelsea history

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Well, that was something, wasn’t it?

USMNT star Christian Pulisic ended his Chelsea goal drought in style, scoring the first three goals of Chelsea’s 4-2 win over Burnley in “perfect hat trick” fashion on Saturday at Turf Moor.

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The 21-year-old used his left foot, right foot, and head to score the goals and was nearly as dangerous as a playmaker.

Here are his match stats, and all of his influential moments.

Touches: 50
Passing: 80 percent
Key passes: 3
Crosses: 3
Shots on target: 4
Possession lost: 1
Interceptions: 1
Tackles: 1
Duels: 3 of 9

Match moments

5th minute: Holds up play, carrying the water then zipping to the front of the attack in hopes of a rebound as Willian blazes high and wide of the frame.

14th minute: Dribbles through a tight alley and then takes a moment to allow Mason Mount room on the right, but the Englishman can’t get a good shot away.

20th minute: Makes a clever run into the left corner, but his cross is a bit wayward and sails to Burnley.

21st minute: Here’s the bell ringer, as the Yanks’ 21-year-old scores his first Premier League goal in a matching minute. Pulisic seizes on a bad touch and dribbles James Tarkowski before rolling a low shot across goal past Nick Pope. A quality strike to beat two quality players. Pulisic lets out a primal scream of relief.

28th minute: Collects a big cross with his chest and forces a low save from Pope which earns Chelsea a corner kick.

38th minute: Dribbles up a left-wing alley before finding Abraham for a shot that was curled wide of the far post.

43rd minute: Floats a far post cross to Willian, who volleys to Pope.

52nd minute: Wins a 50-50 with Jeff Hendrick, then gets the ball back and works the midfielder again to get the ball to his team in the attacking third.

54th minute: Again dribbles through the center in acres of space this time after a Mount pass, playing a through ball for Abraham that the interfered with Englishman can’t reach.

56th minute: FLAWLESS HAT TRICK! Or perfect hat trick, or natural hat trick. Whatever. The Pulisic Party continues with a header to join his right- and left-footed goals as Mason Mount reserves a corner back into the fray.

67th minute: Lofts a ball toward the back post but Willian cannot reach the ball.

72nd minute: Callum Hudson-Odoi comes on for Willian, and Olivier Giroud and Reece James had already subbed on. Pulisic will go 90.

80th minute: Pulisic chips a cross toward Giroud, but it hangs in the air and the Frenchman has understandable trouble getting his head on the ball.

86th minute: The American isn’t perfect, and gives away possession leading to an audacious, wonderful, Goal of the Month contending shot from Jay Rodriguez.