Chelsea, Graham Potter’s woes worsen in defeat to Newcastle who eye Champions League spot

NEWCASTLE, England — Newcastle continued their exceptional early-season type with a deserved 1-0 win over Chelsea at St James’ Park. Joe Willock acquired the one aim of a recreation which ended with gamers and coaches from either side pushing and shoving on the sting of the Newcastle penalty space.

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Eddie Howe’s facet did an impromptu lap of honour after the ultimate whistle and can re-start the Premier League season in third following a begin to the marketing campaign that has seen them lose simply as soon as. Chelsea, in the meantime, head into the World Cup break on the again of a dismal run of 4 defeats from their final 5 video games in all competitions.

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1. World Cup break comes on the fallacious time for Newcastle, proper time for Chelsea

Eddie Howe and Graham Potter could have very totally different emotions every time they look on the desk over the following six weeks. Newcastle are as much as third, simply two factors behind champions Manchester Metropolis, and have ensured they are going to be within the Premier League’s high 4 at Christmas for the primary time because the 2001-02 season.

Chelsea, in the meantime, have now misplaced three consecutive Premier League video games for simply the second time this century and might be outdoors the highest 4 at Christmas for simply the third time within the final 21 years. Newcastle have gained 5 league video games in a row and Howe could be forgiven for considering that the World Cup has come on the fallacious time. He can solely hope that the spectacular momentum his staff have constructed up continues to be there when home soccer resumes after the World Cup.

Within the different dug-out, Potter appears to be like like a person in want of a break. Parachuted into the job mid-season after Thomas Tuchel’s sacking, the previous Brighton boss has had valuable little time to breath since taking on at Stamford Bridge in September and after an excellent begin in his new job, Chelsea have limped to the break with simply two wins from their final eight video games.

2. Newcastle aiming for the Champions League

The controversy at first of the season was whether or not Newcastle may break into the highest six. The controversy through the World Cup break ought to be whether or not they can crack the highest 4 and qualify for subsequent season’s Champions League. On paper their 1-0 win over Chelsea appears to be like slender but it surely was much more complete than the scoreline recommended. The house facet have been properly on high for many of the recreation and deserved Willock’s positive aim when it arrived halfway by way of the second half.

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Whereas Arsenal, Manchester Metropolis, Tottenham, Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea will all play in Europe within the new yr, Newcastle have a bonus of enjoying only one recreation per week till the tip of the season. It’s going to give Howe extra time to arrange his squad and provides his gamers important relaxation in between video games they usually should not be discounted as Champions League hopefuls.

Towards Chelsea, Nick Pope made a positive save from Conor Gallagher, Sven Botman defended properly and Miguel Almiron labored as onerous as ever. Even with out key gamers like Alexander Isak and Allan Saint-Maximin, that is nonetheless an excellent facet and the remainder of the Premier League’s conventional high six have been warned.

3. Trippier and Pulisic ship preview of England vs. USA

England and the U.S. should wait till Nov. 25 for the Group B showdown in Qatar however the second half at St James’ Park become a small preview Christian Pulisic lined up towards Kieran Trippier. Pulisic was dropped to the bench after beginning the Carabao Cup tie with Manchester Metropolis in midweek however got here on at half-time on the expense of Cesar Azpilicueta and was nearly instantly clattered by Tripper — set to be England’s beginning right-back on the World Cup — on the midway line. Trippier was deservedly booked, however when the pair got here collectively moments later it was the Newcastle right-back who gained the twin.

Pulisic picked up the ball on the Chelsea left however simply as his dart into the penalty space started to look harmful, he was expertly nudged away by the England man. Pulisic had one run and cross that prompted enthusiastic applause from Potter, however aside from that Trippier was properly in management each time the 2 confronted off. The subsequent time Pulisic and Trippier see one another might be in Qatar with — probably — a spot within the second spherical of the World Cup at stake.

Participant scores

Newcastle: Pope 8, Trippier 8, Burn 7, Botman 7, Schar 7, Longstaff 7, Guimaraes 7, Joelinton 7, Willock 7, Almiron 7, Wooden 5.

Subs: Wilson 6, Murphy 6, Targett 6.

Chelsea: Mendy 6, Azpilicueta 6, Koulibaly 5, Chalobah 6, Corridor 7, Loftus-Cheek 5, Jorginho 6, Kovacic 5, Gallagher 6, Mount 5, Broja 6.

Subs: Silva 6, Pulisic 6, Cucurella 6, Havertz 6, Ziyech 6.

Finest and worst performers

BEST: Kieran Trippier

A mature efficiency from an skilled defender and he saved Pulisic very quiet.

WORST: Mason Mount

The England midfielder barely noticed the ball in his final look earlier than the World Cup and was substituted early.

Highlights and notable moments

Newcastle appeared the higher facet and acquired a well-deserved aim within the second half.

Almiron is within the type of his life this season.

After the match: What the gamers and managers stated

Quotes to return…

Key stats

– Chelsea have now failed to attain within the first half in every of their final 5 Premier League video games.

– That is Newcastle’s longest unbeaten run within the PL since a run of 14 video games between Might-Nov. 2011.

– Final time Chelsea went 5 or extra video games winless in PL was in 2012 once they went seven video games with out profitable.

Up subsequent

Newcastle: Eddie Howe’s facet go into the World Cup break on a excessive, and have a pleasant towards Rayo Vallecano on Dec. 17, earlier than a Carabao Cup match towards Bournemouth on Dec. 20, adopted by Premier League at Leicester Metropolis.

Chelsea: Potter’s males are in bother as they host Bournemouth on Dec. 27, adopted by a go to to Nottingham Forest on Jan. 1 after which a conflict towards Man Metropolis on Jan. 5.