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Chelsea v Newcastle LIVE: Carabao Cup score and updates after Christopher Nkunku on for debut as Blues hunt equaliser

‘We will succeed, you will see’ – Pochettino relishing Chelsea challenge

Chelsea host Newcastle United in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals tonight as both Premier League teams look to secure their place in the final four.

Mauricio Pochettino, Chelsea’s manager, will be keen to succeed after a slow start to the season has left his side 10th in the table. Winning a trophy, such as the league cup, would ease some of the pressure on the manager and show that he is taking the Blues in a positive direction. Chelsea reached the last eight after wins over Brighton and Blackburn Rovers yet this match will be their most difficult test.

Like Pochettino, the next step for Eddie Howe and Newcastle’s development is to win some silverware. The Magpies came close last season but were defeated in the Carabao Cup final by Manchester United. This year, the North East team have dumped both Manchester clubs, City and United, out of the competition and look in decent form to, at least, repeat their feat of reaching the final.

Follow all the action from tonight’s clash below plus get the latest odds and tips right here:


Chelsea 0-1 Newcastle

75 mins: Chelsea break away on the counter with Sterling surging through the middle. Nkunku supporting on the right and Sterling tries to lay it into his path on the edge of the box but overhits the pass slightly and it’s just beyond the Frenchman’s stretch.

Sterling looks baffled but that was a chance for the Blues.

Luke Baker19 December 2023 21:37


Chelsea 0-1 Newcastle

72 mins: Nkunku immediately involved as he tries a neat flick on the edge of the area to free Broja. Doesn’t quite come off though.

Sterling gets yellow carded for simulation as he throws himself to the floor looking for a free-kick.

Luke Baker19 December 2023 21:34


Chelsea 0-1 Newcastle

69 mins: The moment is here! The Chelsea debut of Christopher Nkunku! The man who scored 58 goals over the past two seasons for RB Leipzig but suffered a knee injury in pre-season after joining Chelsea is not thrown into the fray.

An equaliser wouldn’t be a bad way to introduce himself to Blues supporters… He’s got 20 minutes to find one. On for Nicolas Jackson.

Luke Baker19 December 2023 21:31


Carabao Cup latest scores

Beto has snatched an 82nd-minute equaliser for Everton at home to Fulham! That’s now 1-1 and currently headed for penalties.

Meanwhile, Middlesbrough will be in the hat as they lead Port Vale 3-0 in the dying stages of that quarter-final.

Luke Baker19 December 2023 21:29


Chelsea 0-1 Newcastle

65 mins: This is all Chelsea now. Basically attack vs defence. Sterling whips a good cross in that Gallagher attacks but it’s blocked. Newcastle hoof the ball clear but they’re not leaving any players up the pitch. Happy to sit back and soak up the pressure.

Can Chelsea break down the structured defence?

Luke Baker19 December 2023 21:26


Chelsea 0-1 Newcastle

62 mins: Chelsea again get around the Newcastle box but are just crowded out before they can get a shot away. Disasi then gets a bouncing cross in but Dubravka holds it.

Luke Baker19 December 2023 21:23


Chelsea 0-1 Newcastle

60 mins: Newcastle are starting to look a bit out on their feet here. Chelsea will fancy nicking an equaliser.

Luke Baker19 December 2023 21:22


SAVE! Chelsea 0-1 Newcastle

56 mins: Nice stop Martin Dubravka! Jackson rides a challenge and lays the ball into Sterling’s path towards the right of the box. A good shot away low across goal but Dubravka down smartly and pushes the ball away. Keeps it at 1-0.

Luke Baker19 December 2023 21:18


Chelsea 0-1 Newcastle

54 mins: The longer this goes, surely the closer we get to Nkunku-time for Chelsea?

Maybe the former RB Leipzig man would have scored this? Good work by Gusto down the left, he pulls it back for Jackson who takes a nice touch and gets a shot off on the turn but drags it just wide.

Luke Baker19 December 2023 21:17


Chelsea 0-1 Newcastle

52 mins: Gordon then goes down and I think that’s the end of his game. Chelsea build an attack but eventually Caicedo puts the ball out. He didn’t have to do that there – it wasn’t a head injury and his own teammates (and the crowd) don’t look delighted with his decision. Maybe a bit of guilt for that nasty rake down Gordon’s calf in the early going..

Anyway, Gordon comes off and Matt Ritchie is on. The Magpies will be desperately hoping it’s not a serious issue for the impressive winger.

Luke Baker19 December 2023 21:14


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