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  • August 25, 2012
  • • 12:30 PM
  • • Stamford Bridge, London
  • Referee: P. Dowd
  • • Attendance: 41718
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Premier League Preview: Chelsea - Newcastle

Premier League Preview: Chelsea - Newcastle

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The visitor has not lost at the west London ground in its last four matches and the Blues’ last defeat in front of their home fans was at the hands of Alan Pardew's men.

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  PROBABLE LINEUPS

CHELSEA

Cech
Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry, Cole
Lampard, Mikel, Ramires
Hazard, Torres, Mata
NEWCASTLE UNITED

Krul
Simpson, Coloccini, S Taylor, Santon
Ben Arfa, Tiote, Cabaye, Gutierrez
Ba, Cisse

Chelsea could choose to make just the one change if David Luiz (knee) recovers from the injury which kept him out of the 4-2 midweek win over Reading. If not, then Roberto Di Matteo will have no qualms in keeping Gary Cahill in the starting lineup.

Oscar and Daniel Sturridge will be pushing for a starting berth but the solid performances of Fernando Torres, Juan Mata and, especially, Eden Hazard mean they are unlikely to get their first start of the season this Saturday. Summer signing Marko Marin (hamstring) remains sidelined until September.

Newcastle will probably field the 4-4-2 formation which it started the Tottenham win with last weekend, although Alan Pardew has the option to switch it to a 4-3-3 as he did in the second half of the Premier League opener.

Shola Ameobi and his younger brother Sammy Ameobi (both hamstring) deplete the club’s striking options, but Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba are expected to be fit for the Chelsea clash.

Fabio Coloccini (thigh), however, has recovered and is likely to captain the Magpies at Stamford Bridge. Fullback Ryan Taylor scored in the club's Thursday night Europa League 1-1 draw with Atromitos but is unlikely to usurp Danny Simpson or Davide Santon's positions this weekend.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Chelsea tops the table heading into this Premier League clash because of its game in hand over 18 of the other 19 teams in the division. It has six points following a 2-0 away win at Wigan Athletic and a 4-2 home win on Wednesday over Reading.

  • Eden Hazard (pictured right) has five assists to his name in the first two matches of the season for the Blues. These include winning two penalties for Frank Lampard to clinically convert in consecutive games.

  • In its last four games (going into preseason friendlies), Roberto Di Matteo's side has conceded eight goals, including three against Brighton and Hove Albion and two at home to Reading.
  • Newcastle United is unbeaten in its last four visits to Stamford Bridge - two league draws, one league win and one League Cup victory (a 4-3 thriller).

  • The Tyneside club has won five of its last 11 away matches in the league. The other six matches were all defeats - its most recent league draw away from the Sports Direct Arena was Nov. 26 last year when it drew 1-1 with Manchester United.
  • The host on Saturday made two changes to its midweek lineup; the visitor this weekend made 10 changes, with only Cisse starting both the Tottenham win and the Atromitos draw.
  • Papiss Cisse scored one of the goals of the season in this fixture late last season when Newcastle conquered the soon-to-be-Champions-League-winner 2-0. In fact, Alan Pardew’s men were the last team to beat the Blues at their west London home.

  • Hatem Ben Arfa’s optimistic delusions aside, Newcastle United is not expected to challenge for the Premier League title. Chelsea is. However, the north-east club finished (fifth) ahead of the Blues (sixth) last season.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Chelsea

Newcastle United

Wins
3
1
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Chelsea FC CHE
Chelsea FC Chelsea
Draw
Newcastle United FC NEW
Newcastle United FC Newcastle United
81%

Top 3 Predictions

Chelsea FC CHE
3 - 1
Newcastle United FC NEW
Chelsea FC CHE
2 - 1
Newcastle United FC NEW
Chelsea FC CHE
2 - 0
Newcastle United FC NEW

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