Chelsea are set to take on Newcastle United in the FA Cup fourth round tie on Sunday, 28th January 2018 at Stamford Bridge. Its a huge game for Antonio Conte who has been under increasing pressure after winning just one of the last 7 matches drawing five and losing one against Arsenal in the League Cup. Anything but a win will surely put Conte under more pressure as rumours of his departure start to go in haywire. Chelsea however are still a decent side and playing at home against Newcastle they will be favourites to win and make it to the next round. We will have live links and match highlights right here.
Chelsea 2-1 Newcastle United Highlights
[ Premier League 2017-18 Match ]
12′ 0 – 1 Dwight Gayle scored early in first half to silence the home crowd at Stamford Bridge. But the lead was short lived with Chelsea roaring back into the game.
21′ 1 – 1 Eden Hazard scored in 21st minute to put Chelsea back on level terms and looked a threat every time he had the ball in final third.
33′ 2 – 1 Alvaro Morata headed home from close range to make it 2-1 for Chelsea and complete the turnaround.
Chelsea currently have 29 points on the table just three behind second place United and 11 behind Manchester City. They have a chance to go level on points with United and reduce City’s lead to 8 points who play later in the weekend on Sunday against West Ham United. Chelsea had to dig deep to get the better of struggling Swansea City side in midweek and another dire performance will surely put them in trouble against a very resilient Newcastle side who are managed by former Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez.
Chelsea will start upfront with Alvaro Morata who has been struggling for goals but with Willian, Hazard playing in attacking roles Chelsea might just have enough to see off this Chelsea side on Saturday.
Last meeting: Chelsea looked like on their way to lose fourth league game when they trail Newcastle 2-0 in 60th minute of the game but a late comeback with two quick goals in last 10 minutes turned things around and Chelsea got a point.
Ayoze gave Newcastle United 1-0 lead just before the break and it came somewhat against the run of play. Mourinho was furious at his defense as Chelsea went into the break 1-0 down against Newcastle. After the break Chelesa upped the tempo but again conceded when Wijnaldum put the ball in the back of the net but a goal from Ramirez in 80th minute made last 10 minutes quite uneasy for home fans and under pressure Newcastle conceded again with from an indirect freekick.
Jose Mourinho labeled his sides first half performance as the worst in his 7 years in charge of the club but was hopeful that his side will turn things around and will be fighting for the title come end of the season.