CHELSEA v Newcastle: Preview

Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Saturday, 10 January
Kick-off: 15:00 GMT

It wasn’t that long ago we lost to Newcastle, yet with barely time to lick our wounds, we’re facing them again just a month later.
But whilst our trip to St James’ park signalled the continued run of away games at Newcastle Jose Mourinho has failed to get a win, the good news is he’s never lost to them at Stamford Bridge. Just as well really considering the six point lead we had last month has now dwindled to nothing more than the alphabet separating us and Manchester City.
We go into this game off the back of a horrible defeat to Spurs in the league and a win against Watford in the FA Cup, whilst Newcastle lost to Leicester in the cup and just two wins from their last ten – one of those came against us, so revenge had better be on our players’ minds.

MANAGER’S VIEWS
Following his FA charge for speaking his mind, ahead of today’s game Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has decided not to bother saying anything at all. Assistant manager Steve Holland explains “There is a frustration, small margins determine success or failure. Jose has been fine and focused on the game because it is an important game. We lost to Newcastle and we are determined to put that right.”
Newcastle caretaker boss John Carver meanwhile, says “I’ve got to use the victory at our place over Chelsea as a huge positive. We’re going up against one of the best sides in the Premier League, if not in Europe. Jose Mourinho is one of the best managers as well and it will be great standing in the technical area next to him – hopefully he won’t bully me.”

SQUAD NEWS
For Chelsea, there are no new injury concerns. Thibaut Courtois, John Terry, Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas are expected to return after being rested against Watford in the FA Cup.
For Newcastle, goalkeeper Tim Krul will replace Jak Alnwick in the starting line-up after proving his fitness in a practice match on Thursday. Papiss Cisse and Cheick Tiote are both on Africa Cup of Nations duty. Moussa Sissoko, Daryl Janmaat, Fabricio Coloccini and Jack Colback, should all return after their omission from last week’s FA Cup defeat at Leicester.

TEAMS
CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Fabregas, Matic; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Diego Costa
NEWCASTLE (Possible line-up): Krul; Janmaat, Coloccini, Williamson, Dummett; , Colback; Perez, Sissoko, Gouffran; Riviere

LAST MEETING
Newcastle 2-1 Chelsea (6 December 2014)

OTHER STUFF
•Newcastle have won 4 of their last 6 league games against Chelsea
•Both Newcastle defeats in their last 6 games against Chelsea came at Stamford Bridge.
•Chelsea have only lost once in 20 Premier League home games against Newcastle
•Chelsea have kept four clean sheets in a row at home
•Chelsea have conceded just three goals at Stamford Bridge this season.
•Newcastle have won just twice in their last eight league games.
•Newcastle have lost four successive matches away from home in all competitions.

PREDICTION
We know from our defeat at Newcastle last month, they won’t be coming to roll over although with more yellow cards than any other side in the premier league this season, they might hope to see our players do a bit of that. The only certainty from this game is that Mourinho’s vow of silence won’t be in place for long!

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