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  • December 3, 2011
  • • 7:45 AM
  • • St. James' Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  • Referee: M. Dean
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Premier League Preview: Newcastle United - Chelsea

The home side has not lost a single game in the Premier League in its own backyard, as it welcomes the Londoners, who have struggled to find consistency of late.


PROBABLE LINEUPS

NEWCASTLE UNITED

Krul
Simpson, Taylor, Coloccini, Taylor
Obertan, Cabaye, Guthrie, Lovenkrands
Ben Arfa
Ba

CHELSEA
 
Cech
Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry, Cole
Ramires, Meireles, Lampard
Sturridge, Drogba, Mata

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew will be without injury-hit Sylvain Marveaux (groin), Cheick Tiote (knee) and Michael Williamson (ankle). Jonas Gutierrez is unavailable for this fixture as he will serve a one-match suspension for being sent off - following a second booking - in the previous game against Manchester United.

Meanwhile, Leon Best remains a doubt as he is recovering from a groin problem.

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas does not have too many injury concerns to deal with, with long-term absentee Michael Essien (anterior cruciate ligament) and Josh McEachran (ankle) the only players who will miss the encounter at the Sports Direct Arena. Goalkeeper Henrique Hilario is a doubt due to an illness.


DID YOU KNOW?

  • Newcastle United has locked horns with Chelsea 66 times at home, winning 34, losing 15 and drawing 17 matches in the process.
  • Pardew's men are placed seventh in the halftime table. This means that if all matches ended after the first period, then the Tyneside outfit would not be sitting on a European spot, as it is now.
  • Demba Ba (pictured right) is currently in the Premier League top 10 scorers' list, with nine goals to his name.
  • Chelsea is unbeaten in its last eight Premier League games against Newcastle United.
  • But the team's recent form has been poor, as it has lost three of its last four matches in all competitions.
  • Villas-Boas' men have also been below par in defense this season, particularly on their travels. Prior to the recent 1-0 victory over Blackburn Rovers, the Blues had been unable to keep a clean sheet in their previous eight away games in the league.

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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
1Tim KrulGoalkeeper
25Danny SimpsonDefender
27Steven TaylorDefender
2Fabricio ColocciniDefender
16Ryan TaylorDefender
35Danny GuthrieMidfielder
6Yohan CabayeMidfielder
10Hatem Ben ArfaMidfielder
-Peter LovenkrandsStriker
25Gabriel ObertanStriker
9Demba BaStriker
22Stephen HarperGoalkeeper
3Davide SantonDefender
14James PerchMidfielder
15Dan GoslingMidfielder
20Leon BestStriker
23Shola AmeobiStriker
28Sammy AmeobiStriker
1Petr CechGoalkeeper
2Branislav IvanovicDefender
23David LuizDefender
26John TerryDefender
3Ashley ColeDefender
7RamiresMidfielder
-Oriol RomeuMidfielder
8Frank LampardMidfielder
15Daniel SturridgeStriker
11Didier DrogbaStriker
8Juan MataStriker
21Ross TurnbullGoalkeeper
3José BosingwaDefender
-Ryan BertrandDefender
15Florent MaloudaMidfielder
14Raúl MeirelesMidfielder
9Fernando TorresStriker
8Salomon KalouStriker
Players to Watch
Demba Ba
Demba Ba
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Petr Cech
Petr Cech
Position: Goalkeeper
Squad Number: 1
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0

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