Three key players for Chelsea to collect three points at Newcastle - including Oscar and Pedro

Who will be the key players for Chelsea if they are to pick up three points at Newcastle on Saturday?

Chelsea picked up only their second Premier League win of the 2015-16 season in beating Arsenal 2-0 at Stamford Bridge last weekend.

Matched with Manchester City's loss at home to West Ham United later that day, Jose Mourinho's side head into matchday 7 this weekend eight points behind the leaders.

The defending champions travel to St James' Park without the suspended Diego Costa and with the Special One failing to win in his previous five league visits to Tyneside.

If there was ever a perfect opportunity for Mourinho to pick up a win at Newcastle, this weekend is it. Despite missing the banned Costa, the Blues are in a good position to beat Steve McClaren's - side who are only off the bottom of the table on goal difference.

Newcastle's four defeats in their six games is the joint-most in the league heading into the weekend, whilst they have conceded exactly two goals in two-thirds of their league games under the new manager. The three goals scored by the Magpies is a league low.

Here are three players key to Chelsea picking up three points at St James' Park on Saturday:


With Willian set to miss another weekend of action, Oscar is in line to play the number 10 role for Chelsea. The Brazilian has not been at his best too frequently over the past few months, but this is a great opportunity to find his form once again.

Last week, Troy Deeney had a good game in setting up one of Odion Ighalo's two goals from this role, whilst the week before Dimitri Payet scored both of West Ham's in their 2-0 victory over Newcastle, floating around that number 10 berth.

Oscar has contributed a couple of goals each season since joining Chelsea, possessing a moderate long-range shot. He can pull the strings in this game, even without Diego Costa to pick out up front. Both Eden Hazard and Pedro on the wings are goalscorers.

Jack Colback is a doubt for Newcastle in midfield. They have been susceptible to through balls from the middle of the park this season.

Eden Hazard

The Belgian superstar found some good form last weekend in what was his best performance of the season so far, albeit his goal came courtesy of a very fortunate deflection.

Newcastle have been opened up by skilful players such as Dimitri Payet, Alexis Sanchez and Dusan Tadic already this season. Eden Hazard is certainly capable of putting in a match-winning performance against this defence.

Daryl Janmaat wasn't too bad versus Hazard last season, but his penchant for getting forward does leave his teammates exposed at the back on occasions. The Dutch international needs to remain disciplined in this match if his side are to get anything from it.

The Magpies haven't figured out how to stop top wingers in the Premier League this season.


Pedro made an immediate impact with a goal and an assist in a 3-2 win at West Bromwich Albion on his Premier League debut and then set up Radamel Falcao's goal versus Crystal Palace the following weekend.

Since then, it's been two relatively quiet performances from the Spanish international, who has a good matchup on paper this weekend.

Massadio Haidara is Newcastle's left-back, and the 22-year-old has a tough task on his hands this weekend. The movement off the ball from Pedro is prime for slipping behind the Newcastle defence, whilst he is both a goalscorer and creator himself.

Chelsea have an overwhelming amount of attacking prowess versus this Newcastle defence, and whether it comes from Oscar, Hazard, Pedro or someone else – one can't but think that Newcastle will be on the end of their fifth defeat in seven matches under Steve McClaren this weekend.

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