Chelsea will look to continue their new-found Premier League form as they face struggling Newcastle in the evening kick off at St. James’ Park (17:30 GMT KO).
The Blues will wish to keep their title defence on track after seemingly finding their form in the 2-0 win over Arsenal last week, as well as the 1-4 win over League 1 side Walsall in midweek.
The Magpies however have had a more than disappointing start to the season and currently sit second from bottom. Steve McClaren’s side have just two points from six games, and were knocked out of the League Cup on Wednesday thanks to a 0-1 home defeat to Championship side Sheffield Wednesday. They have scored just three league goals all season.
Jose Mourinho’s side beat Newcastle once last season, with tomorrow’s host winning the home tie 2-1 last December, before Chelsea won 2-0 at Stamford Bridge in January with goals from Oscar and Diego Costa.
Last six games:
Newcastle: DWLLLL (includes two League Cup games)
Chelsea: WLLWWW (includes one Champions League game and one League Cup game)
– Aleksander Mitrovic returns for Newcastle after serving his three match ban following a red card against Arsenal.
– However, the Toon have a lengthy injury list – Papiss Cisse, Check Tiote and Steven Taylor are all out.
– Jack Colback and Rolando Aarons are also doubts.
– Chelsea are still without Diego Costa, who is serving the second game of his three match ban.
– Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Willian, Oscar and Pedro are all fit.
– Newcastle have won their last three home matches against Chelsea.
– The last six Premier League meetings have been won by the home team.
– The Magpies have earned just 15 points from a possible 75 in 2015 (W3, D6, L15).
– Chelsea have seven points, and a defeat at Newcastle would mean they equal the club’s lowest points tally after seven matches of a Premier League season.
– Jose Mourinho has never won a league game at St. James’ Park (D2, L3).
Starting XI last time out in the Premier League:
Newcastle (home vs Watford, lost 1-2): Krul; Janmaat, Mbemba, Coloccini, Haidara; Colback, Thauvin, Sissoko, Wijnaldum; Pérez, Cissé.
Chelsea (home vs. Arsenal, won 2-0): Begovic; Ivanovic, Zouma, Cahill, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Pedro, Oscar, Hazard; Diego Costa.