Newcastle v Chelsea - Match Preview, Stats & Team News

St James Park Two

To be played on Saturday 2nd November 2013 at 12:45 at St James' Park

Newcastle 5/1, Draw 31/10, Chelsea 4/6

Newcastle and Chelsea meet in the weekend’s early kickoff with both teams coming into the game looking to improve their league position; Chelsea could go top while Newcastle could move into the top half of the table.

Last time out for Newcastle saw them defeated by their fierce local rivals Sunderland and Chelsea took advantage of a Man City defensive mishap to grab all three points at Stamford Bridge.

Jose Mourinho has never managed to get a victory at St James’ Park and you would expect him to end that streak on Saturday. Newcastle are not playing with much confidence and Chelsea are on a good run of form so I would expect to be seeing the Blues come away with all three points.

Team news

Newcastle have fitness worries over Fabricio Coloccini and Paul Dummett which will mean they are very weakened in defence. The return of Steven Taylor who may make his return to the team this weekend, depending on his fitness levels, could be a boost to their squad.

Meanwhile Chelsea only have Marko van Ginkel, who is out with a knee injury, unavailable for this match.

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Statistics

Newcastle’s home record: Played 4, Won 1, Drawn 2, Lost 1, Goals For 5, Goals Against 5

Chelsea’s away record: Played 4, Won 1, Drawn 2, Lost 1, Goals For 4, Goals Against 3

Newcastle had 52% of the possession in their last match. A 2-1 defeat at Sunderland

Chelsea had 46% of the possession in their last match. A 2-1 win at home to Manchester City

Newcastle’s last six games: 2 wins, 1 draw, 3 losses

Chelsea’s last six games: 4 wins, 1 draw, 1 loss

Five players to watch:

Fernando Torres

Last week was described as his best performance in a Chelsea shirt when he scored the winner against Manchester City. Despite missing a one-on-one chance during the first half he was a constant nuisance to the City defence and his good play set up the first goal for Andre Schurrle. He will no doubt have plans to cause the same problems against the injury-ravaged Newcastle back line.

Juan Mata

The little Spanish playmaker has finally forced his way into Jose Mourinho’s first team plans and he has managed to continue his good form from last season. Expect him to cause Newcastle lots of problems and create lots of chances.

Tim Krul

Krul hasn’t found the form he has had for the last two campaigns yet but this would be a great time to start. He will need to be on top form on Saturday as he can expect Chelsea to have lots of the ball and lots of chances.

Loic Remy

Remy will have a big job on his hands if Newcastle want to have any success against Chelsea on Saturday. He will likely have to work hard and any chances that come his way will have to be taken as it will be unlikely that he will have too many.

Eden Hazard

Big things were expected at the start of the season for Eden Hazard but he hasn’t so far lived up to the billing. It is his second season in the league and he was expected to take the Premier League by storm. This would be a good time to start his good form.

Last time they met:

Newcastle 3-2 Chelsea – Saturday 2nd February 2013, St James’ Park

A thrilling game was decided in stoppage time when Moussa Sissoko hit the winner that gave the Magpies all three points.

Goals from Juan Mata and Frank Lampard initially gave Chelsea a 2-1 lead midway through the second half but Newcastle struck back with two goals from Sissoko.

It was the French midfielders first start in front of his home fans and he certainly impressed.

What is your prediction for the game?

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