After finally getting a relatively straightforward win at home last time out against Burnley, today’s late game sees us back on our travels, as we face Newcastle.
Steve Bruce has had to deal with a string of injuries, the number changes from day to day, depending on which source you get it from, but they are still in a slightly better position than they were this time last year so it is not all bad. Football fans can purchase Premier League Football Tickets online to enjoy its stunning performances.
Similar to us I suppose, we had to manage with our share of injury woes from the start of the season, on top of a transfer ban, and we must be doing so well the club has decided they do not need a transfer window after all.
Ok, I’m kidding, whilst the football is easier to watch, we are slightly worse off than this time last season, but there’s still clearly no panic buying despite our ups and downs this campaign.
We seem to be favorites for this one, which seems reasonable enough from Newcastle’s form but I agree with Frank, we would be mad to write them off.
They will be looking to Joelinton to upset us but I would be more inclined to think if Andy Carroll makes even part of this game, the fact he is gone 28 Premier League appearances without a goal would almost guarantee he would get on the score sheet today.
Going into today’s game, Newcastle manager Steve Bruce says “We have been down to the bare bones. We have had something like 12, 13 players injured all at once, out of a squad of 23 with three goalkeepers. That tells you that you are in a little bit of trouble.”
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard meanwhile, says: Every game in the Premier League remains vital and this is the same as all the others.
Even though we have good away form in general, every game brings new challenges. Going to Newcastle, I know it as a player and I know it now.
The emotion of the crowd they are a very organized team with the manager that they have. Also, the threats they have got some good results this season.
We will be taking nothing lightly or expecting anything because of our away record. We have to take this game head-on, as we have to do in these games coming up now because it is massively important we keep or focus game in game out. We certainly do not underestimate Newcastle.
For Newcastle Paul Dummett and Dwight Gayle are nursing hamstring injuries and Andy Carroll is a doubt but Jonjo Shelvey and Fabian Schar are back in training and Allan Saint-Maximin returns.
For Chelsea, Ruben Loftus Cheek Achilles, van Ginkel (ACL), Christian Pulisic adductor is out and N’Golo Kante hamstring continues to be assessed. Marcos Alonso could be in contention.
Newcastle Possible line-up: Dubravka; Hayden, Fernandez, Lascelles, Lejeune, Willems; Ritchie, Shelvey, S.Longstaff, Almiron, and Joelinton
Chelsea Possible line-up: Kepa, James, Rudiger, Zouma, Azpilicueta, Barkley, Jorginho, Kovacic, Willian, Abraham, Hudson Odoi
Newcastle has taken just four points from their last eight Premier League games against Chelsea, losing the last three.
Chelsea’s 25 victories in this Premier League fixture are bettered only by 29 wins against Tottenham. Newcastle has won just once in six league matches.
Newcastle could lose three successive Premier League games at St James’ Park for the first time since October 2018. Newcastle’s average ball possession of 34% is the lowest in the Premier League.
Chelsea has taken 22 points away from home in the Premier League, compared to 17 points at Stamford Bridge. Twenty-five of Chelsea’s 39 league goals have come on the road.
Chelsea has kept just one away clean sheet, conceding 19 goals in their 11 games.
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