Thomas Tuchel will hope to continue his unbeaten run as Blues boss tonight and make it five straight wins across all competitions.

While not at their best in the narrow FA Cup victory at Championship Barnsley on Thursday, Chelsea have already taken huge strides under Frank Lampard’s replacement.

Another triumph on Monday evening would see Tuchel’s men jump into the top four of the Premier League.

Looking to stop them taking that step at Stamford Bridge is a Newcastle team that languish in 17th place under Steve Bruce but have won two of their last three games – against Everton and Southampton – and have a seven-point buffer to the relegation zone.

Key Magpies trio Callum Wilson, Fabian Schar and Javier Manquillo are all facing up to two months out through injury, meanwhile.

Dan Kilpatrick is at Stamford Bridge tonight, so follow all the action with Standard Sport’s LIVE blog below…

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A very pleasing first half from Tuchel’s perspective, not least because it’s been another bright outing from Werner, who has finally ended his top-flight goal drought.

Injury-plagued Newcastle have been thoroughly second best and it looks as though West Ham’s stay in fourth place is going to be a very short one.


47 mins: Mount has a chance to put this game firmly to bed before the break, but he drags his low shot wide of Darlow’s far post.

Newcastle need that half-time whistle.


45 mins: Three minutes of added time signalled at the end of a very satisfying first half for Chelsea, who counter at speed again.

Werner is lurking at the front post as a corner deflects off the knee of Shelvey and behind.


Dan Kilpatrick at Stamford Bridge

This is turning into the perfect game for Chelsea’s players to build confidence.

Werner has his goal – ending a run of 14 League games without one – and Kepa hasn’t had a save to make.


42 mins: Newcastle are looking very vulnerable here as Mount spins just outside the box before powering a shot that drifts well wide of the post.


GOAL! Chelsea 2-0 Newcastle | Timo Werner 39′

39 mins: Finally Timo Werner’s Premier League goal drought is at an end!

Mount delivers a great corner from the right after a sweeping Chelsea move that ends with Lewis blocking an overlapping Azpilicueta’s cross.

The ball deflects off Ciaran Clark’s head – within a whisker of a raised arm from Giroud – and bounces off another defender before being scrambled in by Werner at the back post.

VAR want to check that didn’t hit Giroud’s arm. Nothing doing – the goal is given, much to Werner’s relief.


34 mins: Werner has a real chance to double the advantage after decent play from Mateo Kovacic, but a tough half-volley is scooped over the crossbar.


Dan Kilpatrick at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea’s deserved opening goal should be a confidence boost for both Werner and substitute Giroud, even if Darlow played a significant part in helping the ball fall into the Frenchman’s path.


GOAL! Chelsea 1-0 Newcastle | Olivier Giroud 31′

31 mins: The Blues break the deadlock – and it’s great work from Werner, who twice shows an impressive change of pace to fool two Newcastle defenders.

Darlow initially stops Mount from finishing from close range, but Giroud is on hand to fire home the rebound.

Werner may not be scoring the goals himself for Chelsea at the moment, but he’s having an undeniably positive impact in other areas.


30 mins: Werner’s lip is bleeding after that though, and he will need to go off to have it patched up.

It doesn’t take long and the German quickly returns.

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