• By Paul Lagan

Chelsea 2 Newcastle 1 - HALF-TIME

Chelsea recovered from a sleepy start from this 12.30-pm kick-off to overcome a deficient to tale a 2-1 half-timer lead against Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge.

The Geordies took the lead on 12 minutes from a simple slot home by Dwight Gayle after a double mistake by Chelsea defenders Andreas Christensen and Marcos Alonso let the hitman a free strike on goal.

But Eden Hazard thumped home on 21 minutes before Alvaro Morata gave the west Londoners the lead on 33 minutes.