Stamford Bridge has often been a fortress for Chelsea in the last decade, but Newcastle United have been one of the few teams who have had a lot of success here in recent times. It would not be strange to call them a bogey team, as Chelsea have won against Newcastle only once in the last five meetings (all competitions) at Stamford Bridge.
Monday’s 1-0 win over Manchester City has given us a huge boost in the title race, but it is vital to build on it.
Newcastle are one of the teams to have defeated Chelsea this campaign. Incredibly, the conditions that precede this encounter and the one back in November 2013 are extremely similar. Chelsea lost the match 2-0 back then. We came on the back of a win over City, while Newcastle were defeated by Sunderland. Alan Pardew’s men also had a similar poor run of form winning just one of the five matches.
However, they raised their game to such an extent that Chelsea were simply not able to cope with it.
Newcastle will be up against a much better Chelsea this time around; one that is looking more like a team than before.
Since the 3-2 defeat against Stoke City, Mourinho has organised the team in such a way that we are extremely hard to beat. We have conceded just three goals in the last nine matches.
Fernando Torres recently returned to training, but this match should come too soon for him. Mourinho said that he could be part of the squad against West Brom on Tuesday night. Apart from Torres and Marco van Ginkel, the manager has a fully fit squad.
Loic Remy – one of Newcastle’s major attacking threats – is suspended. Yoan Gouffran is also doubtful. Both these players scored against us in that 2-0 defeat. Papiss Cisse, Fabricio Coloccini, and Gabriel Obertan are some of the other injury doubts for Newcastle.
Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Ramires, Lampard, Schurrle, Oscar, Hazard, Eto’o
Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Krul, Santon, Taylor, Williamson, Debuchy, Anita, Tiote, Ameobi, Sissoko, Ben Arfa, De Jong
Chelsea 3-0 Newcastle United is also the popular score from bookmakers and its odds are at 6/1.
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Chelsea 3-0 Newcastle United