Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech, Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Ramires, Matic, Willian, Oscar, Hazard, Eto’o
Buoyed from their 1-0 win over Manchester City at the Etihad, Chelsea will be extremely confident of bagging the three points against a struggling Newcastle side. Jose’ Mourinho left out Oscar and played a more defensive midfield consisting of David Luiz and Namanja Matic, but he will surely opt for the Brazilian in this tie. Fernando Torres is also nearing a return from injury, but ‘The Special One’ will field Samuel Eto’o up front.
Newcastle United (4-4-1-1): Krul, Debuchy, S Taylor, Williamson, Santon, Ben Arfa, Tiote’, Anita, Sam Amoebi, Sissoko, Shola Ameobi
The loss of Yohan Cabaye coinciding with the injury to top-scorer Loic Remy has caused the Toon Army to lose their cutting edge in attack. Failing to sign a replacement has seen the side unable to score a goal in their last two games, so expect a dogged approach similar to West Ham’s draw at the Bridge last week.
Will SALAH be making his debut for CHELSEA on saturday against NEWCASTLE UNITED???
— hariharan n akash (@akash_frankie) February 5, 2014
l would be extremly happy if chelsea would take the three maximum points come saturday against newcastle.
— asigbee frankforson (@asigbeefrank) February 5, 2014
Newcastle fans are so pessimistic atm. They forget its the season we have beaten united, chelsea and spurs
— Bruce Jones (@UsainZeus88) February 5, 2014
A fan’s view of Tiote’s amazing strike to put Newcastle 3-2 up against Chelsea last year.
He may not have received bursts of points lately, but the Belgian showed his class against Manchester City and will be expected to produce at the Bridge.
Chelsea vs Newcastle: An Alternative Preview
Chelsea are unbeaten in 72 Barclays Premier League home games with Jose Mourinho as boss (W56 D16 L0).
Newcastle have won three of their last four Barclays Premier League games against Chelsea (W3 D0 L1).
The Magpies have lost just one of their last four Premier League trips to Stamford Bridge (W1 D2 L1).
Alan Pardew’s side have failed to score in five of their last six Premier League games, losing four and winning just one in this run.
Samuel Eto’o has scored seven goals in his last seven games in all competitions at Stamford Bridge.
Newcastle have won three and lost just one of their last five Premier League games away from home.
Chelsea have won six of their last seven Premier League games.
Eden Hazard has embarked on 162 dribbles in the Premier League this season, more than any other player.
Since losing 3-2 at Stoke, Chelsea have conceded only three goals in nine games.
Newcastle have lost four of their six Premier League games since beating Stoke 5-1 on Boxing Day.