19 min: Azpilicueta pulls a long ball along the right hand side for Kante, who can not circumnavigate Clarke. If Kante had arrived there for a second before, he was at the door. Newcastle needs to stop here.
17 min: Kovacic almost touches Lejeune on the left, but just as it seems to be free in Newcastle's box, the defender protrudes a leg. Angle.
14 min: Hazard wins a corner on the bottom left, even if it does not get much, Rudiger pushes Dubravka into the back. Free kick, and the pressure is out Newcastle. So much for Sarri, among others, that he made it clear that Pedro was his solution to Chelsea's recent problems. Pedro did not take long to solve the puzzle.
13 min: Chelsea is making him run around in a very nice style right now. Luiz goes a long way, Hazard runs with threat, Jorginho keeps everything in place.
11 min: Lascelles sends a glorious crossfield from left to right ball towards Yedlin, who almost unleashes into acres on the left. But he is stopped at his tracks by Alonso. On the touchline, Benitez is currently producing a volume of smoke that Sarri can only dream of, even if everything is coming out of his ears. He was not happy with Clark or Ritchie, who were both surprised by Luiz's long pass for the goal.
OBJECTIVE! Chelsea 1-0 Newcastle United (Pedro 9)
Well, they will have to do more than defend now. Luiz, to the left of the central circle in his own half, raises a nice walk towards Pedro, who gets a channel on Clark along the right inner channel. He takes the ball down, lets Dubravka come out of his line, and raises a precise finish on the keeper and in the net! This is a really nice path, only one goal.
8 min: Rondon chases Luiz, who was peeing on Chelsea's left. This forces Luiz to return to Kepa. Rudiger is then blocked by Atsu on the other side, causing a brief panic. A sign that Newcastle is not just here to defend?
6 min: There is still much to do. Chelsea are master of possession, but Newcastle seems happy enough to sit down, and the hosts have not managed to move a packaged defense around for any effect. First days of course.
4 mins: Kante slips from the right and slides the ball towards Hazard, who almost turns Lascelles into a lot of space. But the Newcastle defender manages to remain loyal to his man and Hazard eventually loses control.
2 min: The traveling Toon support expresses its feelings for Mike Ashley known, through the medium of song "n" swearies. You do not need to explain it further.
1 min: It is a kind of false departure, since Willian almost immediately falls under a lot of pressure from Lejeune. Wrong an ankle in an embarrassing fall? He limps cautiously, but it seems to be okay.
And we're out! A wonderful post-Saturday afternoon atmosphere in the public bar at Stamford Bridge. The hosts start the party.
The teams are out! Chelsea are in their famous blue, while Newcastle wears his classic black and white. A quick explosion of The Liquidator, and we'll be out in a minute!
Rafa speaks! But only in a pre-registered segment, where he directs all questions about the transfer window and his contract. Instead he preaches unity with a virtuous zeal. In these difficult times, he would become a great prime minister, president, general of the army or leader of the sect. Oil on stirred waters.
Maurizio Sarri speaks! "We know the situation very well, we have some problems, we are playing well, I think, but we have a problem right now, we are trying to solve it, it is not easy, but we have to do it. he's good at spaces, we're trying to solve a problem, and we're trying to do it with Pedro. "
So the kick from this afternoon at 3 pm, Newcastle United did not do any favors. Burnley beat Fulham 2-1 in Turf Moor. Southampton won 2-1 in Leicester City. And Cardiff City drew 0-0 with the city of Huddersfield. All of this means that Newcastle falls down three before this match. I'm in 18th place with the same number of points, one drifting from Cardiff and Saints, three behind Burnley. Newcastle is in a relegation battle.
A peek behind the scenes. Shirts, towels, shin pads, programs and flip-flops in the home dressing room. Some tasteful wood panels offset by the sponge-covered bench. Or is it a fustian finish? In any case, 100 percent not sure it's practical.
Chelsea made two changes to the side called for their last Premier League game, the goalless draw here with Southampton. Mateo Kovacic and Pedro take the place of Ross Barkley and Alvaro Morata.
Newcastle made three changes to the team sheet delivered for the home defeat at Manchester United. Fabian Schar, Mohamed Diame and Paul Dummett give way to Florian Lejeune, Ciaran Clark and 21-year-old midfielder Sean Longstaff, who makes his first championship success with the Magpies.
Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso, Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic, Pedro, Hazard , Willian.
Subs: Barkley, Caballero, Giroud, Hudson-Odoi, Christensen, Emerson Palmieri, Ampadu.
Newcastle United: Dubravka, Yedlin, Lejeune, Lascelles, Clark, Ritchie, Perez, Longstaff, Hayden, Atsu, Rondon.  Subtitles: Schar, Murphy, Fernandez, Manquillo, Joselu, Sterry, Woodman.
Referee: Chris Kavanagh (Lancashire).
The last home games of the Chelsea Premier League did not go exactly as planned: 0-0 against Southampton and 0-1 against Leicester. So they will welcome Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge this evening with open arms. Here's how this particular game ended recently: 3-0, 3-1, 5-1, 2-0, 3-0, 2-0.
The arrival of the fighting Magpies will be a spectacle for irritated eyes. Especially because Rafa Benitez's men have won only one of their last nine games. Chelsea may not bet on all cylinders at the moment, but they have been the best team against Spurs during the semifinals of the League Cup semi-final despite the result, and they hope their overall performance at Wembley is a promise of better things. to come.
But while Newcastle may be laborious, it does not mean they are super easy to drive away. They lost only three of their ten away games this season. They won at Huddersfield and Burnley. Another day, with a little more luck, they could get something at Manchester City and Manchester United. Rafa knows how to deploy his team in Resolved mode. So nothing is certain.
Chelsea are desperate for the win that will keep them in the running for a place in the first four. Newcastle is desperate for the points that will keep their heads out of the water. It's set well … and it's on!
Kick off: 17.30 GMT.