Last Updated: 02/11/13 3:57pm
Chelsea's six-match unbeaten run is brought to an end after an impressive Newcastle display. The Blues dominated the first-half and might have led with John Terry hitting the bar with a header and having another cleared off the line. But the hosts were a different side after the break and well-worked goals from Yoan Gouffran and Loic Remy gave them a deserved three points to leave the home fans singing in the North East rain.
Eto'o has a shot from the edge of the box blocked by Mbiwa before he blasts the follow up over the bar to the delight of the home fans.
GOAL! Newcastle won the ball back with Obertan playing in Anita whose cross is pulled back for Remy and he curls the ball in from virtually on the penalty spot with keeper Cech rooted to the spot.
Ivanovic holds the ball up on the edge of the box and lays it off to Oscar who picks out Hazard who screws a shot wide from the edge of the box.
Sissoko whips in a superb cross that Luiz does well to get over his own bar under pressure from Remy.
Ivanovic is penalised for a foul on Mbiwa and Newcastle will take their time over the resulting free kick.
Newcastle are defending superbly and are also winning the midfield battle which was not the case in the first half.
Wonder save by Krul sees him keep a point-blank volley from Willian who was no more than eight-yards-out, before Debuchy throws himself in the way of Eto'o's follow up.
Cisse wins the ball just inside the Chelsea half and releases Remy down the left, but his shot from 20 yards lacks power and Cech makes the save.
Debuchy puts in a deep cross aimed for Cisse whose control lets him down and Chelsea have a goalkick.
Oscar tries to get in a cross but Mbiaw makes a superb block although the ball is adjudged to have gone out for a goalkick anyway.
Eto's gets on the end of a Hazard cross and his cross is half blocked Mbiwa before looping just wide, while penalty appeals from Chelsea for handball are waved away.
Interestingly Cabaye had gone across to the touchline to speak with Alan Pardew just before he took it so whatever was said it was inspirational!
GOAL! The home side have a free kick midway inside the Chealse half and Cabaye's delivery is superb with Gouffran stooping to head into the corner from eight yards.
Chelsea are not as confident as they were 10 minutes ago and it looks as though we really have a game on our hands now.
Chelsea look to clear their lines and Willian is almost found by Hazard in acres of space but Krul is able to collect.
More pressure from Newcastle with Cabaye's deep cross headed down by Ameobi for Remy whose first-time shot is well held by Cech.
Superb ball from Debucky releases Sissoko down the right and he gets in behind Cole before side-footing an angled shot just wide of the far post.
Ameobi wriggles clear on the edge of the box and appears to get caught in two minds about going for the chip or finding Remy at the far post - he does neither.
Chelsea look as though they are about to make a change with Samuel Eto'o being given some last-minute instructions.
The Spanish striker is now caught offside but you get the feeling he will beat the offside trap eventually.
Torres chases a lomng ball from Mata, but it goes out for a goalkick. It's been slim pickings for Torres so far.
He limps off after treatment and again we had confusion about whether the ball should have been knocked out of play with a player down. My understanding is that unless it's a head injury then it's play on.
Delay in play as Newcastle were going forward, with Hazard down after appearing to go over on his ankle.
Chelsea straight on the front foot once more - maybe after some harsh words from Mourinho at half-time?
Sam says: "Who knows what Alan Pardew holds in his locker? He may surprise Chelsea in the second half as the Blues don't have a good record at St James's Park."
Chelsea have held the upperhand in terms of possession and chances but both sets of strikers are finding the going tough. John Terry has gone closest with a header that hit the bar and another that was cleared off the line. Hopefully the second period will be an improvement on the opening 45 minutes.
We will have a minimum of one minute added time and the whistle goes to bring to an end a half that has failed to catch fire so far.
Same goes for Alan Pardew, althoygh I'm sure he will have liked to have soon his side more competitive in the last third.
Mourinho is cutting a disgruntled, and damp, figure on the touchline but I can't believe he can be too angry at what he has seen so far.
Sissoko is booked for a foul on Ivanovic - no surprise as he'd already committed two dangerous fouls earlier in the game.
"The Mags are woeful - no passion, no tactical nous and only capable of lucky goals by speculative shots from well outside the box. Their defence will collapse soon and Chelsea will get two or three," says William Hunter.
Torres chases a ball near the halfway line and appears to pull up and limp, but he quickly looks OK.
Oscar wins another corner for Chelsea down the right and this time Lampard takes it. Terry meets it and Santon heads off the line with Krul beaten.
Good defending by Debuchy thwarts Torres but Chelsea win it back and once more are content to play it across their back four.
Cheick Tiote and Oscar are both left on the ground after a crunching collision in the centre circle.
The rain continues to fall in the North East and it's a chilly, grey day - winter is on the way if it hasn't already arrived.
Some overdue encouragement for the home fans there after watching their side put on the back foot so far.
Newcastle enjoy a decent spell of possession with Cabaye trying his luck from 25 yards but it's a comfortable save for Cech.
Ivanovic tries to play in Hazerd down the Chelsea right but it's overhit and Newcastle have a goalkick.
The home keeper is again called into action as he saves at the feet of Ivanovic after a good reverse pass from Torres.
Hazard and Mata combine superbly on the edge of the Newcastle box before Cole drives in a low cross that is held at his near post by Krul.
Hazard is chopped down by Moussa Sissoko but Frank Lampard's free-kick is poor and Newcastle have a goalkick.
Newcastle are stuggling to keep the ball for any length of time and as a result they are being put under constant pressure at the moment.
Newcastle clear their lines and Chelsea win it back. Eden Hazard and Mata try an audacious one-two, with Hazard getting in a cross but home keeper Tim Krul gathers.
Torres does well to twists past twom tackles in the box and lays it off to Ivanovic who forces a corner off Cabaye.
"Anyone who thinks Newcastle played well and were unlucky against Sunderland is wearing serious black and white blinkers. There was no passion (I believe gutless would be appropriate) from them, barring one or two, and the team that wanted it more won! I'd be very worried if I was a Toon fan!" says Dave.
The Newcastle defence gets in a muddle on the edge of their own box but manage to block shots from Torres and Mata and Chelsea look to turn the screw.
Newcastle scramble it behind for another corner and this time they clear it but a let off for the hosts there.
"Completely agree with Joe there, just because Newcastle lost their last two games dosent mean they played badly. Chelsea to win 2-1, but it'll be hard fought I'd say!" says Peter, Chelsea fan.
Chelsea are again content to play it patiently from the back before Luis tries to release Mata but he is caught offside.
It's been a low-key start as the two sides look to settle and even the crowd is subdued - although I don't think early kick-offs help the atmosphere.
Joe Lewis says: "Jakob dosen't have a clue! The Toon played well against Sunderland and were unlucky to lose - 4-0 to Chelsea is absurd!"
Mata is fouled and Chelsea have a free kick 25-yards out which Luis fires over, but a free kick goes to Newcastle for some pushing by Branislav Ivanovic in the defensive wall.
"Newcastle held their own against City the other night, but ran out of steam in extra time. Hopefully they'll put in a good shift today and repeat the 3-2 result when we played them earlier this year. Howay The Lads!" says Gordon Cosgrave.
Ashley Cole tries to get free down the left but loses out in a 50-50 tackle with Mathieu Debuchy and it's a goal kick to the home side.
The Blues play the ball across their back four before it goes back to Petr Cech. David Luiz plays it long to Oscar down the right but he loses possession.
Chelsea get us under way attacking the Gallowgate End (whcih used to be an uncovered terrace for those of us old enough to remember that!!).
A minute's silence impeccably observed for remembrance Sunday from what looks like a near-capacity crowd.
"I was watching Sunderland v Newcastle and the Mags where just terrible!!! 4-0 Chelsea, Torres brace, Oscar and Eto'o," says Jakob Pedersen.
Guy Edwards, Chelsea fan No 3 of the day, says: "Always a tough game up there for us, well pleased Mata is starting. A goal from the Spanish magician would be nice!"
Obaid Hussain, another Chelsea fan, says: "Chelsea's form at Newcastle is not great - but looking at the result during midweek I am very confident that we can come away with all three points so I'm going for a 3-0 win today - Torres to get all three!"
Stephan Tubby, a Chelsea fan from Monchengladbach in Germany, is predicting a hard game for Chelsea and says: "Pleased with the team selection Tipping 2-1 to the Blues.. Mata. Torres. Remy for Newcastle. Auf wiedersehen!"
The teams are in and are as follows - Newcastle: Krul, Debuchy, Williamson, Yanga-Mbiwa, Santon, Tiote, Cabaye, Remy, Sissoko, Gouffran, Shola Ameobi. Subs: Anita, Cisse, Ben Arfa, Elliot, Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Tavernier. Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry, Cole, Ramires, Lampard, Mata, Oscar, Hazard, Torres. Subs: Mikel, Schurrle, Willian, Schwarzer, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Eto'o. Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho turns to his big guns once again at Newcastle as he looks to pile the pressure on Barclays Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mourinho, who made 10 changes for the Capital One Cup victory over the Gunners in midweek, makes nine more as Petr Cech, Ashley Cole, Branislav Ivanovic, John Terry, Ramires, Frank Lampard, Oscar, Eden Hazard and Fernando Torres return to the starting line-up. Newcastle counterpart Alan Pardew leaves Hatem Ben Arfa sitting on the bench as Shola Ameobi retains his place, with Davide Santon, Yohan Cabaye and Loic Remy resuming after Wednesday night's cup defeat by Manchester City.