FT: Chelsea 2 Newcastle 0

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Full-time - It's all over at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea beat Newcastle 2-0 thanks to Hazard's penalty and Torres' first-half goal.

Ben Arfa floats a cross into the box as Newcastle try a last-ditch attack but Cahill is there to nod it clear.

The rain is really coming down as these final minutes play out. Cech hoofs a long ball upfield and it goes out for a Toon throw.

Luiz is back on his feet with a bandage wrapped around his head to finish the game. It doesn't look like this is going to be Newcastle's day.

We're into the final minute of regular time at the Bridge and Luiz is still receiving treatment after that knock to the head from Ba. Four additional minutes are added again this half.

Newcastle win a throw inside their own half which Gutierrez launches towards Ba. The winger charges upfield and is there to dig a cross in for the striker, and Luiz gets a bump on the head trying to get there first.

Lampard makes his entrance as Meireles goes off for Chelsea.

There's a mistimed challenge from Perch on Hazard and the Chelsea man goes to ground, earning the hosts a free-kick.

It looks like Chelsea are preparing another change, with Lampard looking ready to come on for these dying minutes.

There's a chance for Newcastle as Marveaux sets up Ba with a great cross. The striker blunders his first effort but gets his second away, with Cech diving to save.

Marveaux tries to slot a ball into the box, but Mikel, dropping deep to defend, has it covered and clears for the hosts.

Back on the ball, Newcastle look for a way through but Ryan Taylor overhits a cross from the right and Chelsea win a throw.

Hazard takes the corner but it's dealt with by the Magpies backline. Chelsea are the ones pushing now as the minutes trickle down.

Torres is involved again, playing in Hazard, and the Belgian darts past Coloccini into the box. Bertrand wins a corner for the hosts seconds later.

Torres does well, skipping towards goal, but chooses not to pull the trigger and instead looks for Ramires, who can't keep it in.

Ramires breaks for Chelsea after pouncing on a rogue ball and earns a free-kick after a foul by Gutierrez.

There's a final change for the Toon as Perch comes on for Cabaye.

It's Meireles, but rather like Luiz, he fails to make the most of the chance, blasting his effort over the bar.

Chelsea win another free-kick from 10 yards outside the box, with several potential takers lining up, but it could be Luiz again.

Torres chips in a cross, looking for Ramires in the penalty area, but the Chelsea man can't quite bring it down.

Another change for the Toon as Marveaux comes on for Santon.

Ben Arfa and Cabaye link up in midfield, seeking a way through, but the Chelsea defence are doing their job to keep them contained.

Newcastle win a throw in midfield, which Cabaye takes, and it rolls back to Coloccini in the Magpies half.

No luck for Luiz as he blasts his free-kick high and into the stands. Back to Krul it goes and Newcastle start to build from deep again.

There's a clumsy tackle from Gutierrez on Meireles and Chelsea win a free-kick from a very good position, central and fairly close.

R Taylor puts a great ball in as he takes a free-kick for Newcastle and Cisse rises but his header is off-target. Wasted chance for the Toon.

Chelsea make their first change as Juan Mata makes way for Ramires.

Mikel frees Torres after getting away from Ba but there's no support as Santon reclaims the ball. Cole fires a long cross in from the left but overshoots Torres.

Taylor's first kick of the game is Newcastle's corner but the Blues defence have it covered. Gutierrez slides in to rob Ivanovic of the ball in the Newcastle half.

Ryan Taylor comes on for Danny Simpson as the Toon make their first swap.

Newcastle are preparing to make their first change. Ben Arfa, looking bright this half, tries to dance his way into the Chelsea box and ends up winning a corner for the visitors.

Ba is caught by Torres inside the visitors' half and Newcastle take a quick free-kick, then are given another for a foul on Cabaye in midfield.

As before, it's not a great corner from Cabaye and goes out for a Newcastle throw, which Ben Arfa takes. Chelsea break again but Gutierrez keeps Torres at bay in front of goal.

Santon launches a cross into the box but it's headed clear. Newcastle come back again as Cabaye finds Ba and Cech is called into action. Toon corner.

Anita fouls Mikel inside the Chelsea half and the Blues win a free-kick, which Luiz takes, but Ivanovic can't keep it in.

Mikel charges up the pitch on the break and tries to slot the ball through for Torres but the Newcastle defence intervene.

The Blues give the ball away in midfield and Cabaye lifts it upfield for Ba, but he loses it to Cahill and Chelsea are back in possession.

Torres and Santon rise to meet a long ball upfield and the Chelsea man wins the battle but nods it out for a Newcastle throw.

Simpson floats a ball into the box from the right and Cisse gets his head to it but can't keep his effort down.

Gutierrez tries a long-range shot, which was never troubling Cech, but it's positive stuff from Newcastle in the early minutes of this half, with Santon pushing forward more.

Ben Arfa tries a shot on the edge of the box but scuffs his shot wide. Better from Newcastle though.

Santon tries a run but is closed down by the Blues defence. Ben Arfa and Ba pair up in the middle of the park.

Hazard weaves his way around the box and Gutierrez is forced to put the ball out for a Chelsea throw on the right.

Cabaye looks for Ba with a long diagonal ball towards the right-hand corner but he's covered by Cole. The rain is pouring down in West London.

Bertrand overhits a ball in the Blues box but it's picked up by Torres. Ivanovic and Mata link up well down the right, exchanges passes.

Newcastle win a throw inside their own half, which Santon takes. Cabaye, who has stayed on after that late knock in the last half, searches for a way through in midfield.

It's the Magpies that get things started this half and they're trying to build from deep, but a long ball rolls back to Cech, helped on by Luiz.

Time to get back underway - enjoy the second half!

Neil from London wrote in - "As an avid Chelsea fan I must say we have made a promising start to both this game and the season. Hazard already looks settled and if he continues playing like this in the second half I cannot see a way back for Newcastle. They are a strong side and don't expect them to roll over. Not with Cisse and Ba anyway, but I think Chelsea have got this in the bag now. Hazard to add another and maybe Cisse to pull one back. 3-1."

@Ants34 tweeted - "I expect Chelsea to see the game out and sit back in the 2nd half. Final score: 2-1, with HBA getting one for the Toon. COYB."

Liza O'Conor, writing in all the way from Mauritius, says - "I'm a Chelsea fan and am delighted that Chelsea are in from by a score of 2. I think that this game will end by 3."

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Thoughts on that half? It's been frustrating for Newcastle, with Ba and Cisse not getting much service, while Chelsea's attacking force are looking stronger and stronger.

Hazard really isn't wasting any time making a name for himself on the Premier League stage - the Belgian has notched up 1 goal and 6 assists in 3 games.

Half-time - The whistle blows and Newcastle end the half on a low note after that late Chelsea goal and Cabaye's injury. Hazard was the star of the show once again in that opening half, with Torres also looking dangerous.

Cabaye looks in some discomfort, with his leg appearing to be the problem, but he's helped to his feet by the Newcastle physio.

Chelsea will be happy with that just before the break. The seconds trickle down this half and Cabaye is down for Newcastle after a collision.

Sheer quality from Chelsea as Torres and Hazard indulge in some wonderful build-up play before the striker pokes it home from in front of goal and Krul can't reach to push it out.


Chelsea are pressing in the aftermath of the corner. They've had the attacking advantage in this half, with seven attempts to Newcastle's three.

Luiz rises to head a long Cabaye ball clear and Torres makes a break. The striker goes down off a Coloccini challenge and appeals for a free-kick, but has to settle with a corner won by Mata.

We're into the final minute of regular time this half and it's Chelsea on the ball until Simpson gets away from Bertrand. Four additional minutes are added.

Simpson floats a cross into the box and Cahill's clearance isn't the best as Newcastle keep coming. The ball falls to Cisse who swivels on it but fires straight at the keeper.

It's a powerful delivery from Cabaye but Mikel is there to head it straight back out. Chelsea break through Torres but the flag goes up as he tries to find Meireles with a searching ball.

Cabaye drifts a long diagonal ball over into the left-hand corner, which Santon picks up. There's a good chance for Newcastle as they win a free-kick from far out on the left.

Ben Arfa picks out Cisse after a great run but he can't quite find strike partner Ba with the cross from the right.

It's Torres that gets the booking for simulation. Not necessarily the right decision from Dowd but it was a tough one to call on first viewing.

Torres goes down after being caught by Coloccini's right foot and the home crowd are not happy. Referee Phil Dowd is taking action...

There's some patient passing play from Chelsea but Ba and Cisse drive them backwards into their own end. The ball eventually rolls back to Krul, who sprays it out to Simpson.

Torres takes a while to dust himself down after a challenge but play carries on. Hazard drops deep to trade passes with Luiz.

Taylor heads a Meireles ball onto Hazard with a poor clearance and the Chelsea man lashes at it but can't get his shot on target.

Mata and Hazard link up again, looking dangerous with some wonderful play, but Coloccini is there to block the shot.

Ben Arfa and Simpson link up down the right but the Toon retreat back into their own end.

Meireles gives away a foul in midfield and Newcastle are handed a free-kick, which Cabaye steps up to take, but Luiz gets his head to it.

Torres causes problems for Coloccini as he charges towards goal but doesn't manage to shrug off the Toon man in the box and the chance goes begging.

After some lovely build-up play, Cole fires a cross into the box and Ivanovic arrives with a good header, but Krul holds firm.

The defender is back on his feet again after receiving some assistance. Simpson hoofs a long ball upfield and out to get it away from Bertrand.

Luiz goes to the floor now after a collision with Cisse, which looked accidental. It's an awkward fall for the Blues man.

Chelsea win a throw-in down the left of the Toon half which Cole takes, finding Bertrand, but Newcastle manage to break.

Some great play from Cisse sees him get past Luiz far too easily. He turns and delivers a long ball meant for Ba but overhits his target.

Meireles was involved in a challenge with Gutierrez before he went down but it didn't look much of anything. After a lull in play, the Chelsea man gets to his feet.

Chelsea are in the driving seat and back on the ball, exchanging passes deep inside their own half. Meireles goes down with a leg problem and receives some treatment, with Lampard warming up on the touchline.

Hazard makes no mistake with his conversion, having a little run up before blasting it confidently past Krul, who dives the right way but can't keep it out. The first of many Premier League goals for the Belgian?


PENALTY TO CHELSEA! Anita lashes out with a silly kick at Torres in the box and the ref points to the spot.

Ba flicks a nice ball onto Cabaye in the box but the Toon man can't quite keep it from going behind.

Ba keeps a long ball in with a well-timed run and earns a corner for Newcastle. Meireles is there to head Cabaye's weak effort clear.

Torres and Coloccini collide down the right and it's the Magpies man that comes off better, winning the ball.

Big chance for Chelsea but Bertrand can't apply the finish. Meireles finds Torres with a great ball and the striker pokes the onrushing Bertrand through but he's put off by Coloccini and Krul makes an easy save.

Gutierrez finds Ba just outside the Chelsea penalty area but the striker gives away a free-kick as he loses his feet.

The visiting fans are in good voice this afternoon, I wonder if that can fire up the Toon? Coloccini slots a ball through for Ba and Cahill concedes a free-kick.

Ivanovic takes a throw for the Blues inside their own half as they try to build from deep but the Toon snatch back possession.

Anita loses the ball in the Newcastle half and it falls to Hazard, who gets a good first touch, but his shot is a weak one and rolls straight to Krul.

A delightful ball from Ben Arfa, who has wandered into the middle, finds Ba but the striker is closed down by the Blues defence.

Hazard does brilliantly down the right, accelerating to leave Santon behind, but the youngster just overshoots his pass to Torres in the box.

Ba battles with Cahill inside the Chelsea box and the Blues man manages to earn a goal-kick for the hosts, but Coloccini wins it straight back.

Torres makes a good run towards the box but is kept at bay and passes back to Mikel, whose optimistic shot is wildly off-target.

It's been all Chelsea in attack in these early minutes but Ben Arfa and Cabaye pair up, seeking a way through. A rogue Cisse ball falls dangerously to Torres.

Mata floats another ball into the box but it's dealt with by the head of Ben Arfa. Meireles and Ivanovic team up down the right for the Blues.

There's a tough tackle on Mata by Anita and he takes a while to pick himself up. Cole finds Ivanovic down the right with a long diagonal ball.

Simpson concedes a Chelsea free-kick from range, which Hazard takes shortly. Mata's long ball into the box is dealt with by the Newcastle backline.

Meireles, starting his first match this season, tries his luck with a shot from distance in midfield but it's off target and sails over the bar.

Mata does well to win the ball in midfield and links up with Bertrand down the left in some nice build-up play, but the latter's cross is lacking.

Chelsea reclaim the ball in their own half and Hazard sets off on a run but leaves it behind him. The Belgian soon snatches back possession though.

Vurnon Anita, on a his full Premier League debut, intercepts an Ashley Cole ball to cool a Chelsea attack.

We're underway in West London and it's Chelsea that get things started this half. Meireles chips a long ball towards the box, looking for Torres, but Coloccini clears.

The teams are out at Stamford Bridge to a raucous reception and it's almost time to kick off. Enjoy the first-half and keep the feedback coming at the break.

@KidBrods feels it was a smart call by Di Matteo to bring on Bertrand - "I can see why Ramires is dropped, Bertrand give more cover for Cole against HBA than Mata, Ramires or Hazard would."

Tony Palmer thinks Pardew will have the Blues all figured out - "Pardew will have done his homework. Contain Hazard and let Cisse and the Sheep(Ba) do the work. 1-2 Newcastle. Toon Toon!!"

The same fixture last season saw Newcastle triumph 2-0, with Papiss Cisse grabbing a brilliant brace, and Pardew has already said he's targeting a repeat.

New Chelsea signings Cesar Azpilicueta, a right-back from Marseille, and Victor Moses from Wigan won't feature today but have been introduced to the Stamford Bridge crowd by the Blues.

Matty Bayfield has high hopes for the Blues this evening. He tweeted - "it will be a different story this time, chelsea winning 3-1 hazard scoring his first goal, torres and mata C'mon You Blues!!"

Andrew Brown isn't impressed with Di Matteo's selection - "Dodgy line up choice again from do matteo! There's more quality on the bench then in the starting lineup..."

Fifteen minutes to go until kick-off - let's hear some of your thoughts on what has the makings of an entertaining clash at the Bridge.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew makes nine changes from the 11 that drew the Europa League qualifier at Atromitos, with skipper Fabricio Coloccini recovering from a thigh problem to make his first appearance of the season, while Demba Ba returns in attack.

Frank Lampard and Ramires are dropped to the bench, with Petr Cech taking the captain's armband, while Raul Meireles and Ryan Bertrand come into the side.

Chelsea skipper John Terry misses out after failing to recover from a neck injury, with David Luiz stepping in beside Gary Cahill at centre-back and Branislav Ivanovic taking the right-back berth.

Newcastle (4-4-2): Krul; Simpson, S Taylor, Coloccini, Santon; Ben Arfa, Cabaye, Anita, Gutierrez; Cisse, Ba. Subs: Harper, Williamson, Perch, R Taylor, Obertan, Marveaux, Amalfitano.

Chelsea: (4-2-3-1) Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Luiz, Cole, Mikel, Meireles, Mata, Hazard, Bertrand, Torres. Subs: Turnbull, Essien, Romeu, Ramires, Lampard, Oscar, Sturridge.

Here are the teams for you then...

The line-ups will be coming your way very shortly but in the meantime why not get in touch with your thoughts ahead of kick-off at 5.30pm? You can email rachel.griffiths@bskyb.com or tweet me @SkySportsRachG.

Good afternoon all and welcome to our live commentary as Chelsea take on Newcastle at Stamford Bridge.

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