Facing Chelsea this season is a daunting prospect for any team, but Newcastle United could be making life harder for themselves if Steven Taylor is true about the tactics they plan to utilise in the fixture.
The centre-back insists that the Magpies will be positive with their intent and go out and attack Chelsea, but that could play right into their hands.
“We are not really set up to be defensive and pull a lot of players behind the ball, and I’m not sure we’d want to do that," Taylor said when asked how Newcastle would set-up for the fixture.
“We will be playing our natural game and looking to be positive because that’s the way we play.”
Only this week, Chelsea star Oscar was commenting on the strengths of his team and he says that they favour playing against teams that try and play on the front-foot.
The Brazilian attacking midfielder was talking ahead of their game against Tottenham Hotspur - which they won 3-0 - but the warning is still one which should be heeded by Pardew.
"We don't know how they [Tottenham] will set-up, but it suits us if they try to attack," he told the club's official site.
Chelsea are unbeaten across all competition so far this season and if Newcastle do not have an effective plan they could be on the end of a heavy reverse.
It may, therefore, be that a defence-first strategy could be the most effective that the side can operate with.
Although there is a requirement that Newcastle entertain their own fans at St. James' Park, trying to go toe-to-toe with Chelsea appears a naive tactic to try against a squad with so much quality.
Sunderland have proven that an approach which keeps men behind the ball can thwart Jose Mourinho's side's attacking talents, as they picked up a 0-0 draw against them, and Newcastle may be best off operating with a similar style against a side with so many weapons as Chelsea, if they are to get any points from the fixture.