Chelsea team news: Hazard handed recall to starting XI against Newcastle

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The Blues will be looking to cement their standing inside the top four and remain in title contention when they take on former manager Rafa Benitez

Eden Hazard and Cesar Azpilicueta have returned to the Chelsea starting XI for their Premier League clash with Newcastle.

The duo were named on the bench for a narrow win over Swansea on Wednesday, but have been brought back into the fold by Antonio Conte against the Magpies.

Victor Moses also makes his first start since he was injured against Crystal Palace on October 14 after coming off the bench against Swansea. Davide Zappacosta drops to the bench. 

Danny Drinkwater makes only his second Premier League start too with Willian and Pedro dropping out of the side. Chelsea will line up in a 3-5-2 formation with Hazard partnering Alvaro Morata up front. 

Michy Batshuayi is also back but he only makes the bench. 

Chelsea XI vs Newcastle 02/12/17

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The two other changes for the visiting Magpies come as right-back DeAndre Yedlin and central midfielder Isaac Hayden are replaced in the starting line-up by Javier Manquillo and Mohamed Diame.

Chelsea XI: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger; Moses, Kante, Drinkwater, Fabregas, Alonso; Hazard, Morata. Subs: Caballero, Zappacosta, Cahill, Bakayoko, Willian, Pedro, Batshuayi.

Newcastle XI: Darlow, Mbemba, Clark, Lejeune, Manquillo, Murphy, Merino, Diame, Ritchie, Perez, Gayle. Subs: Eliott, Hayden, Shelvey, Yedlin, Aarons, Mitrovic.

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