Ross Barkley On Bench - Chelsea Team vs Newcastle United Confirmed

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Willian will miss the game after picking up an injury against Arsenal in midweek, while Alvaro Morata is still struggling with a back injury.

A lot of credit must go to Pedro, whose fine defence-splitting pass found Hazard on the right wing and led to the goal.

Batshuayi's goals had put the Blues well in control after an unconvincing opening 45 minutes, but Alonso curled home a third in the latter stages of a much-improved second half to make it 3-0.

Michy Batshuayis' first-half double and Marcos Alonso's stunning free-kick ensured Chelsea's place in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Willy Caballero continues in goal for the competition due to Thibaut Courtois' ankle complaint, while there is also room for Davide Zappacosta in the line-up.

Chelsea had barely threatened but the Premier League champions broke the deadlock in the 31st minute.


Hazard waited and teed up the on-rushing Alonso, who had the presence of mind to play the ball on for Batshuayi to tuck in.

Batshuayi, enjoyed further good fortune moments later as he made it 2-0 in the stroke of half-time - Pedro and Hazard combined to find the striker, whose shot ballooned up off the leg of Jamaal Lascelles, over the goalkeeper and into the net.

Caballero then saved from Shelvey and Chancel Mbemba in quick succession before Chelsea resumed on the attack as Pedro fired just over and Alonso had a volley saved by Karl Darlow.

Alonso has carved out a reputation as one of the Premier League's finest set-piece takers and his seventh goal of the season in all competitions was a beauty, a 25-yard curler that bent out of Darlow's reach.

Chelsea FC have already been busy in the January transfer window after having signed midfielder Ross Barkley from Everton at the turn of the year.

Elsewhere, Alvaro Morata has been given time off after the death of a close friend in a vehicle accident, with Michy Batshuayi given another chance to show he still has a future at Chelsea in the Spaniard's absence.

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