FA Cup: Depleted Chelsea host Newcastle

FA Cup: Depleted Chelsea host Newcastle

David Luiz has been left out of the Chelsea squad for Sunday's FA Cup fourth-round tie against fellow Premier League outfit Newcastle United.

The FA Cup fixture presented Haidara with a good opportunity to showcase his athleticism and pace, however, he had an uneventful afternoon.

Chelsea took the lead in the 31st minute after a sublime pass from the Pedro to Hazard who unselfishly laid it down for Batshuayi, who finished cool, calmed and collected. Ross Barkley is on the bench again, with Kante and Drinkwater the pairing in central midfield.

"First of all, I'm very happy for him", he said.

In fact, Newcastle has been eliminated in each of their last four FA Cup fourth round ties. I'm really pleased here and I love the city, the fans, the potential, everything.

Tenacious and bright and got through a great deal of defensive work, but he was overshadowed by Eden Hazard.

Newcastle are running out of time to get additions done, but there are expected to be active before the end of the month.

Willy Caballero - who replaced Thibaut Courtois in goal - was inspired form, pulling off a couple of decent saves to deny Jonjo Shelvey, and Newcastle's lack of proficiency in attack was punished when Batshuayi grabbed his brace in fortuitous fashion on the stroke of half-time.

Chelsea beat Stoke 5-0 on his most recent visit to Stamford Bridge.

Neither Joselu nor Dwight Gayle have done enough to cement a place in the first team regularly under Rafa this season.

The second half brought no response from the visitors, whose priorities are clearly focussed on Premier League survival.

Meanwhile, Man City will meet the Gunners in the Carabao final after advancing a day prior.

Chelsea have won their last five at home against the Toon, with a 15-2 aggregate scoreline. Was unlucky that two sharp saves from Darlow denied him a hat trick. A centre-forward who loves to have the ball at his feet, the Danish international is adept at hold up play and is a lethal finisher.

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