Carlo Ancelotti's side look to maintain their exemplary home form in what could be the Italian's final game in charge at the Bridge, with Toon captain Kevin Nolan set to miss out
|Chelsea (4-3-3): Cech; Ivanovic, Terry, Alex, Cole; Lampard, Ramires, Essien; Torres, Drogba, Malouda.|
The apparent infallibility of David Luiz has demised in recent weeks, with the defender looking a little too eager to come forward and intercept at times, and he may be replaced by fellow Brazilian Alex in the centre of defence.
Ramires looks set to take the place of John Obi Mikel, whilst Carlo Ancelotti may take advantage of what could be an end of season meander to give Fernando Torres a further opportunity to bed in at Stamford Bridge.
|Newcastle United (4-4-2): Krul; Simpson, S Taylor, Coloccini, Enrique; Gutierrez, Tiote, Smith, Barton; Ameobi, Lovendkrands.|
Alan Smith could take his place in central midfield in an otherwise unchanged starting XI, although expect youngsters Nile Ranger and Shane Ferguson to feature from the bench.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Chelsea have won their last six games at home in the Premier League, while Newcastle have only managed one victory on the road in their last eight away games.
- The visitors’ short and long-term records at Stamford Bridge do not bode well. Newcastle have failed to score in six of their last seven visits to the west London club, while they have only won two of their previous 44 league matches at the Bridge.
- The last time the Blues were defeated at home by Saturday’s opponents in a top-flight clash was November 22 1986, with the Magpies winning 3-1. Since then they have lost 11 and drawn six of their 17 league games there.
- Alan Pardew (pictured right) - and Chris Hughton previously - has named an unchanged side on 11 occasions this season, more than any other team in the Premier League. Don’t expect the Magpies to add to that total, with Kevin Nolan joining a host of players including Hatem Ben Arfa, Stephen Ireland and Dan Gosling on the sidelines.
- If Newcastle are to upset the odds on Saturday they will need to be quick off the mark, having only scored two goals in the second half of their last nine games.