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Premier League

  • December 3, 2011
  • • 12:45
  • • St. James' Park, Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Referee: M. Dean
  • • Attendance: 52305

Premier League Preview: Newcastle United v Chelsea

The hosts have not lost a single game in the Premier League in their own backyard, as they welcome the Londoners, who have struggled to find consistency of late



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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.


  • Newcastle United have 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 half-time 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 they are now.
  • Demba Ba (pictured right) is currently in the Premier League top 10 scorers' list, with nine goals to his name.
  • Chelsea are unbeaten in their last eight Premier League games against Newcastle United.
  • But their recent form has been poor, as they have lost three of their last four matches in all competitions.
  • Villas-Boas' men have also been below-par in defence 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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Players to watch

D. Ba

Position: Attacker

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The former West Ham man has been fantastic for the Toon this season, and he will fancy his chances against a Chelsea side looking to right their wrongs in recent weeks.

The forward already has nine league goals to his name this campaign, and will relish taking on the Blues' much-maligned defensive line.

P. Čech

Position: Goalkeeper

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The goalkeeper will likely have to keep a clean sheet to prove the club's naysayers wrong, as displays in recent weeks have been far from ideal from a defensive perspective.

The Blues have lost three of their last four matches in all competitions, and it will be up to the Czech Republic international to steady the ship by putting in a solid performance.

Editor's Prediction

Newcastle have the form whereas Chelsea have the squad, and the way both sides play should make this an entertaining contest. Pardew's men are undefeated in the league at home this season, and that should continue, but their proud defensive record might take a battering from an attack-minded away team.

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