Chelsea rose to the top of the Premier League table, if only for a few hours, after a solid win at Newcastle United, their fifth consecutive victory in all competitions

Federico Fernandez’s self-defeating goal put the Blues in their way, the Argentine defender passing the ball over his own line under pressure from Ben Chilwell

Chelsea overflowed with quality, with Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow making excellent saves to deny excellent Timo Werner as well as a close-range header from Tammy Abraham

But Abraham secured points with a smart finish after Werner’s pass after Newcastle threatened by Isaac Hayden and Joelinton Sean Longstaff hit the bar for the home side towards the end

Chelsea, who started Matchday 5, lead the table on goal difference ahead of Leicester, who are at Liverpool on Sunday

Aston Villa, which will host Brighton at 3:00 p.m. GMT, could replace Chelsea at the top with a big win, while Tottenham, who entertain Manchester City at 5:30 p.m., go to the top with a win

Not only are Chelsea leading their group in the Champions League, but they are now leading the Premier League for the first time since Frank Lampard took the helm in July 2019

It was the first of nine games over the next four weeks for Lampard’s side and the Chelsea boss had to prepare without several key players who were still on international duty 48 hours before that game

This had prompted Lampard to demand that Saturday’s early departures be canceled immediately after an international break, but the Blues got off to a fierce start that surprised Newcastle

Werner and Abraham had already been upset by Darlow when Chelsea quickly took the lead with Fernandez inadvertently pushing Mason Mount’s cross past his own keeper after a short turn

It was Chelsea’s 35th goal in 14 league and cup games, but it should have been more before half-time

Werner, who had a goal disallowed for late offside, has been a creative force throughout, but the German striker wasted too

Antonio Rudiger, starting in place of Thiago Silva, 36, who had played for Brazil in midweek, marked his first start to the league season with a big block to deny Allan Saint-Maximin as the Blues scored a sixth clean sheet in seven games

Abraham’s second goal in as many league games helped secure points before Mount was close to adding a third

Wilson, missing with a hamstring injury, has scored six of his side’s 10 goals this season, but Newcastle have never recovered from a slow start

Darlow kept his side in the game with excellent saves before Abraham’s arrival in the second half killed the game

Newcastle’s cause was not helped by the loss of Jamaal Lascelles to injury as the captain failed to appear early in the second half after a heavy fall

Steve Bruce sent Miguel Almiron, who only returned from international duty with Paraguay on Friday, and Andy Carroll to try to save a point

Carroll looked set to score his first goal since returning to Newcastle for a second half 15 months ago, but his added time attempt was ruled out for a corner kick

As Newcastle visit Crystal Palace in the Premier League next Friday (8:00 p.m. GMT), Chelsea are in France on Tuesday to face Rennes in Group E of the Champions League (5:55 p.m.) They then host Spurs on Sunday November 29 (4:30 p.m. )

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Attempt blocked Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea) with right foot shot from outside the box is blocked Assisted by Mason Mount

Attempt blocked Andy Carroll (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the center of the box is blocked Assisted by Isaac Hayden

Attempt blocked Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea) with right foot shot from outside the box is blocked Assisted by Tammy Abraham

Recorded attempt Miguel Almirón (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is recorded in the upper left corner Assisted by Joelinton

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