Chelsea vs. Newcastle Utd – PREVIEW

Chelsea vs. Newcastle Utd – PREVIEW

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Chelsea are looking to avoid their third consecutive draw as they face Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge on Saturday (17:30 GMT KO).

The Blues have drawn 0-0 with Watford and 1-1 with Manchester United in their past two games, with a stoppage time equaliser from Diego Costa ensuring Guus Hiddink remained unbeaten in his second spell as Chelsea boss.

Newcastle have had a particularly turbulent season, currently sitting just one point and one place above the relegation zone, and have won just six out of their 25 games this season, although Chelsea have won only seven.

Last September in the reverse fixture at St James’ Park, the Blues, then managed by Jose Mourinho, drew 2-2 with the Magpies in a thrilling game in which two goals in the last 11 minutes from Willian and Ramires denied Steve McClaren his first win as Newcastle boss.

 

Last six games:

Chelsea: DDWWDD (includes one FA Cup game).

Newcastle United: LDWLLW (includes one FA Cup game).

 

Team News:

– Kurt Zouma is out for the rest of the season after suffering a knee injury last weekend.

– Loic Remy and Radamel Falcao are still both injured.

– Alexandre Pato and Matt Miazga are still working on their match fitness,

– Newcastle midfielder Jack Colback returns after a hamstring injury

– Paul Dummett and Massadio Haidara both remain out.

– Jamaal Lascelles and Emmanuel Riviere are both available for selection.

 

Statistics:

– Newcastle have only won once away to Chelsea in 21 attempts in the Premier League.

– Chelsea have gone nine league games without defeat, although six of those matches have been draws.

– Diego Costa has scored six goals in his last seven Premier League appearances.

– Newcastle have lost 15 of their last 18 league games away from home (W2, D1).

– They have managed just six goals away from home this season – the fewest of any side in the top four divisions in English football.

 

Starting XI last time out in the Premier League:

Chelsea (home vs. Man Utd, drew 1-1): Courtois, Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Azpilicueta, Matic, Willian, Mikel, Fabregas, Oscar, Costa.

Newcastle United (home vs. West Brom, won 1-0): Elliot, Janmaat, Taylor, Coloccini, Aarons, Shelvey, Tiote, Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Townsend, Mitrovic.