Premier League Preview: Chelsea v. Newcastle

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  • Ruben Loftus-Cheek (back) is unavailable but Alvaro Morata (hamstring) is expected to be fit to face Newcastle.
  • Chelsea have only lost one of its 23 Premier League home matches against Newcastle
  • Salomon Rondon has scored Newcastle’s last three away goals in the Premier League.

The last in a full day of matches comes Saturday afternoon as Chelsea hosts former coach Rafa Benitez and Newcastle (12:30 p.m. ET live on NBC or live online at NBCSports.com).

The Blues are coming off a surprise scoreless draw with Southampton while Newcastle are winless in their last four. The winds are swirling at Chelsea as Cesc Fabregas departed and Callum Hudson-Odoi is a big transfer target of Bayern Munich, though Chelsea has so far refused to accept any bids for the talented 18-year-old.

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Alvaro Morata could be fit to play, but one wonders if Maurizio Sarri will go with Eden Hazard in the false nine role again. At the same time, Newcastle has plenty of injuries to deal with, and three players just coming back off the sidelines. It will be a big loss to replace Jonjo Shelvey and Yoshinori Muto.


What they’re saying

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri on his team’s scoring problems: “We need to score. We need to solve this problem. In the last match we played very well, with continuity and with a very good offensive and defensive phase, and with a great performance from a physical point of view – the best of the season – but we didn’t score. We have to work and try to solve it as soon as possible.”

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez on focusing his team against Chelsea: ”We have to realize where we are and we have to realize the only way forward is to stay united. We can’t waste too much energy. The idea last year when we were back in the Premier League was to be united. You have to realize that this is a big city and massive club.”


Prediction

Chelsea may be struggling to score goals, but Newcastle are in a relegation fight. Even without much of a striker, Chelsea should still have enough talent and firepower up top to win. Plus, with so many players out injured for Newcastle, the challenge grows even more for the visitors. Chelsea 2-0 Newcastle

Newcastle, Saints scorless at St. Mary’s

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  • Saints remain 16th
  • Long misses prime chance for winner
  • Winless Magpies move 19th

Chances were at a premium as Newcastle United and Southampton staged a proper relegation-style scrap at St. Mary’s on Saturday.

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Mohamed Elyounoussi was stifled on a fourth minute chance by Newcastle backstop Martin Dubravka, who would then concede a corner stopping a Charlie Austin strike.

The visitors, however, went on to hold plenty of the ball. Yoshinori Muto couldn’t turn a tough shot inside the near post, and Kenedy had a dangerous shot blocked inside the 18.

Danny Ings had two attempts in the 59th minute, with Federico Fernandez blocking the latter effort for a corner.

Noted Newcastle killer Shane Long missed a prime opportunity in the 90th, as Saints looked the better money to bag a winner but failed to find a way past Dubravka.

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Opportunistic Brighton nips sleepy Newcastle

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  • Moribund Magpies hit bottom
  • Brighton scores with only shot on target
  • Newcastle out attempts Seagulls 27-7

Newcastle United controlled the game but failed to manufacture much danger, as the woeful Magpies lost again, this time 1-0 to Brighton and Hove Albion at St. James’ Park on Saturday.

Beram Kayal scored for Brighton, who moves 12th with 11 points. Newcastle has two points, and sits dead last.

Glenn Murray was injured early after a scary head-to-head clash with Federico Fernandez and was stretchered off the pitch.

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Shelvey darted in to take the ball from Gaetan Bong, and Ayoze Perez’s low effort could’ve been a bit better but still forced a fine save out of Mathew Ryan.

Ryan was hurt trying to get around Perez for a loose ball moments later, favoring his shoulder.

There was a much scarier incident moments later, which caused a 10-minute delay in the match. Glenn Murray won an aerial challenge with Federico Fernandez, but they clashed heads and both hit the turf.

Murray appeared to be knocked cold, and players rushed to steady his neck and clear his pathway as trainers rushed to treat him. He was stretchered off the pitch.

Brighton went ahead in the 29th minute off a corner kick which should not have been given, as Jose Izquierdo’s long shot through traffic took a turn off Kayal and into the goal.

Newcastle reclaimed the driver’s seat, and Matt Ritchie headed wide in the 39th minute.

Shane Duffy then blocked a dangerous low drive from Jonjo Shelvey, and moments later Yoshinori Muto nodded a bouncing, rising Shelvey rebound over the bar.

Kenedy then came close with a laser from 25 yards, skimming the top of the bar.

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Ryan made a fine save on Shelvey just after halftime as Newcastle went right back on the front foot.

He’d later push a deflected Shelvey free kick over the bar before saving from Kenedy off the ensuing corner.

But Newcastle had no ideas and not enough desperation, handing a result to the Seagulls.

Jose’s heroes: Man Utd produces huge comeback win

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  • Kenedy, Muto score in first 10 mins
  • Mata scores free kick
  • Martial makes it 2-2 in 76′
  • Alexis scores 90th minute winner

Anthony Martial and Juan Mata scored second half goals, and Alexis Sanchez scored in the 90th minute as Manchester United came back from a 2-0 deficit to beat Newcastle United 3-2 at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Kenedy and Yoshinori Muto put the visitors ahead 2-0 within 10 minutes, but the Red Devils struck back with vigor under embattled manager Jose Mourinho. Friday reports said Mourinho would be fired regardless of result. Well, that would sure be something.

Manchester United moves 8th with 13 points, while Newcastle is 19th with two points.

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Newcastle had a lead inside of seven minutes, a throw-in finding Ayoze Perez for an inch-perfect through ball to Kenedy. The Brazilian loanee from Chelsea, cut around Ashley Young and curled his shot past David De Gea.

A wake-up call it wasn’t, as new Magpies forward Muto then danced past Young inside the 18 to make it 2-0 in the 10th minute.

De Gea made a terrific save on Jonjo Shelvey in the 18th minute to keep the deficit at two.

Jose Mourinho gave a long hug to Eric Bailly in bringing Juan Mata on for the center back in the 20th minute.

Romelu Lukaku‘s pinpoint cross was headed wide by Marcus Rashford in the 23rd minute, and it really should’ve been 2-1.

Muto nodded a shot on target that De Gea stopped short of the goal line in the 36th.

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Pogba was moved into a back three for the second half with Chris Smalling and Nemanja Matic.

Martin Dubravka made an inspiring save on Paul Pogba‘s deflected 51st minute effort, and Nemanja Matic skied the rebound over the gaping goal.

Young crossed into the fray and Rashford missed the mark with a 56th minute header.

Newcastle wasn’t simply sitting back, and Kenedy flashed over the goal in the 59th.

Mourinho made his final sub with 24 minutes to play, bringing on Alexis Sanchez for Marcus Rashford.

Mata pulled one back for the Red Devils in the 70th minute with a tremendous free kick.

Dubravka made three saves in a 2-minute span as the match edged toward the final quarter hour, including a brilliant stop on Smalling from point blank range.

That’s when Martial leveled the score to set the stage for this from much maligned attacker Alexis.

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Manchester United and embattled manager Jose Mourinho are paid a visit from old nemesis Rafa Benitez and his Newcastle United at Old Trafford on Saturday (Watch live at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via NBCSports.com).

Alexis Sanchez, Juan Mata, and Marouane Fellaini are on the bench for United, while Japanese striker Yoshinori Muto gets a first featuring role for Newcastle.

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LINEUPS

Manchester United: De Gea; Young, Bailly, Smalling, Shaw; Matic, McTominay, Pogba; Rashford, Lukaku, Martial. Subs: Romero, Lindelof, Pereira, Fellaini, Fred, Mata, Alexis.

Newcastle United: Dubravka; Yedlin, Lascelles, Fernandez, Manquillo; Shelvey, Diame; Ritchie, Perez, Kenedy, Muto. Subs: Darlow, Schar, Clark, Hayden, Murphy, Atsu, Joselu