TEAM NEWS: Fernando Torres Dropped After League Cup Defeat As Struggling Chelsea Visit Newcastle

Oriel Romeu is handed his first ever Premier League start after impressing in cup games while Peter Lovenkrands is handed a rare start for the Magpies
Team news from Chelsea's visit to St. James Park and Newcastle have decided to go with the lone striker in the mould of Demba Ba.

The Ameobi brothers and Leon Best will have to be content with a place on the bench as Pardew decides to hand a rare start to Peter Lovenkrands, who will play just behind Ba.

Newcastle have been the surprise package in the Premier League this season and will prove tough opposition for Chelsea and Andre Villas-Boas who are yet to find their best form this season.

Chelsea have handed a start top Didier Drogba in attack as Torres once again has been reduced to a place on the substitutes bench. Daniel Sturridge and Juan Mata have been Chelsea's most consistent attackers this season and will be burdended with the task of breaking down an impressive Newcastle defence.

Oriel Romeu has been handed his first Premier League start this afternoon after impressing in cup competitions and league cameos. The midfielder was signed from Barcelona in the summer and will be asked to play the holding role in Villas-Boas midfield.

Newcastle: Krul; Simpson, S Taylor, Coloccini, R Taylor; Obertan, Cabaye, Guthrie, Lovenkrands; Ben Arfa; Demba Ba

Substitutes: Harper, Santon, Perch, Gosling, Sammy Ameobi, Best, Shola Ameobi.

Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, D Luiz, Terry, Cole; Ramirez, Romeu, Lampard; Sturridge, Drogba, Mata.

Substitues: Turnbull, Bosingwa, Bertrand, Meireles, Malouda, Kalou, Torres.

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