CHELSEA v Newcastle: Preview

Date: Saturday 2nd December, 2017
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Kick-off: 12:30 GMT

After our frustrating game against Swansea on Wednesday night, today’s early kick-off sees us play host to Newcastle at Stamford Bridge. I say frustrating because aside from decisions being less than favourable, and Swansea setting themselves out to defend in numbers, it was another game where we just didn’t make the most of the chances we did have – and we’re not going to keep getting away with that.
Newcastle, on the other hand, got themselves a point against West Brom from a 2-goal deficit, so they might be buoyed coming into this one. Naturally I hope we put a stop to any sense of security that draw might have given them. In fact, I’d be delighted to see us batter them. We’re due a decent win, we need a decent win and quite frankly, we need to bestow as much misery on Benitez as he did on us.

MANAGER’S VIEWS
Going into today’s game, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte says “Newcastle played on Tuesday and we played on Wednesday, and now we play at 12.30pm on Saturday. It has happened again. I don’t want to complain, but OK once it can happen. Against Watford we should have played on Monday and then they changed to Saturday at 12.30pm after we played on Wednesday. OK, once it can happen. Twice it can happen. Against Man City, then you start to be perplexed and now against Newcastle. I don’t want advantages. I want the same rest as our opponents. Is it difficult to do this? I don’t think so. It is a strange coincidence.
I want to protect my club, my players, my fans, also the Premier League. We have 11 points less, but when we played Manchester City they had one day more rest than us. Against Liverpool, they rested one day more. Only 14 games and it has happened four times. It is very difficult to think this is a coincidence, honestly. I don’t want advantages, only the same rest. If we play every two days, I’m ready. I only want the same rest as our opponents, then we see what happens.
I spoke with my club and I hope they do something about the situation. I’m trying to protect my club and the fans, and maybe the league. Every team may have this situation, but from start of the season I see only Chelsea. I want respect for my job, for my club, for the players, for the fans. I’m not stupid, if someone wants to joke with me I’m not the right person to joke with.”

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez meanwhile, says “Chelsea will be there at the top of table, but hopefully we can do something there and get some points. The team will improve defensively, but they will need time. The only way is to work harder and better.”

SQUAD NEWS
For Chelsea, David Luiz, Michy Batshuayi, Charly Musonda and Kenedy are all injured but Eden Hazard and Cesar Azpilicueta should return to the starting line-up.
For Newcastle, Jamaal Lascelles, Christian Atsu and Paul Dummett are likely to remain out injured.

TEAMS
CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill; Moses, Bakayoko, Fabregas, Kante, Alonso; Hazard, Morata
NEWCASTLE (Possible line-up): Elliot; Yedlin, Clark, Lejeune, Manquillo; Merino, Shelvey; Ritchie, Perez, Murphy; Mitrovic

LAST SEASON
N/A

RECENT FORM
CHELSEA: WWWWDW
NEWCASTLE: WLLLLD

OTHER STUFF
~ Chelsea have only lost one of their last 22 top-flight home games against Newcastle
~ Newcastle’s only away victory against Chelsea in the Premier League came in May 2012
~ Chelsea have kept four clean sheets in their last five top-flight games, conceding just once
~ Chelsea have dropped eight points at home in the league this season
~ Chelsea have scored a league-high eight headed goals in the Premier League this term.
~ Newcastle have won just one of their last 18 Premier League away games
~ Newcastle have just one victory in nine top-flight matches
~ Defeat for Newcastle would be their 70th Premier League defeat in London

PREDICTIONS
BBC Sport: Chelsea 2-0 Newcastle
Sky Sports: Chelsea 3-0 Newcastle
SportsMole: Chelsea 3-0 Newcastle

2 Responses to “CHELSEA v Newcastle: Preview”

  1. Chelsea will win

  2. Chelsea will win 4-0

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