Hello and welcome to Monday Night Football with CM9798. Unfortunately Monday night’s have migrated to Fridays so we’ll take a look at a key fixture from the weeks Premier League action and, using the latest database kindly update by the chaps at www.cm97-98.eu we’ll see how things might pan out.
First stop we’ll take a look at how Dave’s Steve Bruce lead Newcastle might get on against a Frank Lampard inspired Chelsea. So far Steve Bruce has defied the odds and, despite some horrific statistics around possession etc. they sit cautiously optimistic in mid-table. Meanwhile Frank Lampard’s Chelsea sit in the Champions League spaces but are some way off the pace of the title challengers and appear to struggle against lower-table sides.
Newcastle expected to setup as cautiously as ever under Bruce in a 5-3-2.
Lampard’s Chelsea expected to come out in a typical 4-2-3-1 attempting to play football ‘the right way’.
Here we are at St. James’ Park and we’re out the blocks at pace as Muto switches play to Almiron who fires an unstoppable rocket into Kepa’s top corner to give the Toon an unexpected lead.
Chelsea are quick to reply as Pulisic feeds Abraham to slot comfortably beyond Dubravka; but only 1 minute later Hayden launches a long ball to Muto who gets the second ball from Kepa’s initial save and its in off the bar.
Another 5 minutes later and Abraham pulls a shot out of nowhere to catch Dubravka speechless. 2-2. Dubravka denies Abraham on 44 minutes what would have been a hattrick.
At half-time the Toon have spent more time in defence but have been surprisingly efficient in-front of goal.
Meanwhile Chelsea have been more creative with Abraham the driving force up-front.
The second period is largely uneventful with Joelinton having four terrible wayward chances when it felt certain any of them could have been in the net. Dubravka again denied Abraham one further chance for his hattrick.
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And with that both teams take a point, Newcastle will be more grateful of the two sides if this is the outcome on Saturday evening. That’s all for this episode of Monday Night Football, do join us next week for another preview of a game from the latest weeks Premier League.