All ok, kind of, as Chelsea v Newcastle 0-0 at half-time

Chelsea v Newcastle is goalless at the break.

One of those first 45 minutes where if you are still drawing it is largely a positive but if Newcastle had gone in behind, it would be a pretty depressing first half.

The usual very negative formation and tactics from Steve Bruce, nothing wrong with that of course on this occasion when away at Chelsea.

The half-time stats show Newcastle with only 30% possession and not a single corner or effort on target.

Newcastle playing very deep with five defenders and four midfielders sitting just in front of them, Joelinton an isolated figure.

The first 15-20 minutes did see a few decent moments for NUFC, mainly thanks to the pace of Allan Saint-Maximin. Chelsea defenders looking anything but comfortable when actually pressed, you can see why they have conceded 14 goals already in their first eight Premier League games.

After that though it became pretty much all Chelsea, pressing and probing the defensive lines of Newcastle.

Hudson-Odoi charged down Dubravka kick outside the box and the keeper was lucky to see it fall safe.

Then Mason Mount found himself unmarked on the turn in the box and not realising how much time he had, hit an instant shot straight at Dubravka, anywhere else and it would have been a goal.

Apart from that though, no real scares for Newcastle in the first half, although Hudson-Odoi looks good down Newcastle’s right.

Can Newcastle hold out and/or find a goal from somewhere in this second half?

Half-time Stats from BBC Sport:

Chelsea 0 Newcastle 0  – Saturday 19 October 3pm



Newcastle United:

Possession was Chelsea 70% Newcastle 31%

Total shots were Chelsea 5 Newcastle 3

Shots on target were Chelsea 2 Newcastle 0

Corners were Chelsea 3 Newcastle 0

Referee: Andre Marriner

Newcastle team v Leicester:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Schar, Lascelles, Clark, Willems, M Longstaff, S Longstaff, Saint-Maximin, Almiron, Joelinton

Unused Subs

Darlow, Dummett, Shelvey, Gayle, Krafth, Atsu, Carroll

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