Chelsea head to Newcastle on Sunday seeking to record a third successive Premier League victory under new boss Maurizio Sarri.
Alvaro Morata was among the goals in that contest, providing a welcome boost to his confidence, while talismanic playmaker Eden Hazard has been impressing off the bench.
Rafa Benitez is now charged with the task of trying to contain the Belgian, with the Magpies returning to St James’ Park having taken one point from meetings with Tottenham and Cardiff.
|Game||Newcastle vs Chelsea|
|Date||Sunday, August 26|
|Time||4:00pm BST / 11:00am ET|
TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch
In the United States (US), the game will be shown on NBC Sports and streamed on the NBC Sports app.
|US TV channel||Online stream|
|NBC Sports||NBC Sports app|
In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on Sky Sports Main Event and streamed through the Sky Go App.
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
|Sky Sports Main Event||Sky Go|
Squads & Team News
|Goalkeepers||Dubravka, Elliot, Darlow|
|Defenders||Clark, Dummett, Lascelles, Manquillo, Yedlin, Sterry, Schar, Fernandez|
|Midfielders||Murphy, Shelvey, Diame, Ritchie, Atsu, Ki, Longstaff, Roberts|
|Forwards||Perez, Joselu, Muto, Rondon|
Kenedy has avoided retrospective action for his kick on Victor Camarasa in the 0-0 draw with Cardiff last weekend, but is still out of the match against Chelsea due to the terms of his loan deal.
Jamaal Lascelles and Jonjo Shelvey are missing for the hosts, while Isaac Hayden is suspended.
Newcastle XI: Dubravka; Yedlin, Schar, Fernandez, Clark, Dummett; Ritchie, Ki, Diame, Murphy; Rondon.
|Goalkeepers||Kepa, Caballero, Green|
|Defenders||Rudiger, Alonso, Moses, Zappacosta, Cahill, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Emerson, Ampadu|
|Midfielders||Kante, Drinkwater, Barkley, Loftus-Cheek, Jorginho, Kovacic|
|Forwards||Morata, Hazard, Pedro, Giroud, Willian, Hudson-Odoi, Abraham|
Eden Hazard takes his place in the starting XI for the first time this season after substitute appearances against Huddersfield and Arsenal as Willian drops to the bench. The Belgian will take his place in a front three that also includes Pedro and Alvaro Morata.
Cesc Fabregas is still out of action as he recovers from what Sarri describes as an "unusual injury" just below his knee and the Blues boss has opted for Mateo Kovacic, instead of Ross Barkley, in midfield alongside N'Golo Kante and Jorginho. The back five remains unchanged, with Kepa in goal and David Luiz partnering Antonio Rudiger in the heart of defence. Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso are at full-back.
Chelsea XI: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Rudiger, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic; Pedro, Hazard; Morata.
Betting & Match Odds
Chelsea are considered to be firm favourites to emerge victorious, with bet365 pricing them at 7/10 to take all three points. Hosts Newcastle are considered to be 17/4 shots, with a draw available at 3/1.
Chelsea have grown accustomed to welcoming in new eras over recent years, with Sarri the latest manager to have been charged with the task of delivering success to the west London outfit.
The Italian has made a positive start to that challenge and will feel that there is still more to come from his side as they adapt to his methods.
Big-money summer signings Jorginho and Kepa Arrizabalaga should be starting to feel more at home in Premier League surroundings, while Hazard is straining at the leash on the back of his World Cup efforts with Belgium.
At Newcastle, Benitez was able to enjoy a busy end to the summer transfer window, but he is still piecing together plans with a new-look squad.
The Magpies were reduced to 10 men in their last outing, as they were held to a goalless draw by Cardiff, while Spurs edged them out on the opening weekend in front of an expectant home support.
With just one goal to their name so far, the Tyneside outfit will be aware that they need to find an attacking spark from somewhere if they are to push for another top-half finish in 2018-19.