While the Magpies head into the sport having did not win any of their last four games within the top flight, a 4-1 victory over Rochdale within the FA Cup has helped boost morale at St James’ Park.
Appearances are often deceptive. Newcastle United might look safe in mid-table,
with fans even having begun to chant Steve Bruce’s name but they’re only five points above the relegation zone,
on a poor run and their sole fit striker is that the but prolific £40m Brazilian Joelinton.
With Chelsea anxious about qualifying for next season’s Champions League it might be a surprisingly tense evening on Tyneside
where the drama seems set to be enriched appreciably by the expected return of Newcastle’s Allan Saint-Maximin following injury.
Frank Lampard’s Blues have a five-point cushion before fifth-placed Manchester United, and face Steve Bruce’s Magpies in Saturday’s late kick-off.
Newcastle had taken on Wolves the last match-day, and in spite of racing to a 0-1 lead by the 7th minute, that they had to accept a 1-1 draw.
Meanwhile, Chelsea had played hosts to Burnley the previous game week,
and that they dominantly delivered a 3-0 win to nil, to take a seat comfortably within the fourth spot of the table.
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Newcastle United vs Chelsea Team News
Mateo Kovacic might be handed a recall to the Chelsea midfield,
potentially at the expense of Mason Mount with Barkley having performed well since the turn of the year.
However, should N’Golo Kante get over a hamstring injury, the Frenchman is in line to feature before the Englishman.
Due to the physicality of Joelinton, Kurt Zouma may replace Christensen,
while Reece James and Cesar Azpilicueta are expected to occupy the full-back positions.
Having come through unscathed against Rochdale in midweek, Jamaal Lascelles should line up within the middle of the backline.
Isaac Hayden may still deputise for DeAndre Yedlin at right-back, although the squad is predicted to be boosted by the return of Jonjo Shelvey.
Newcastle United’s injury crisis is starting to ease, with forward Allan Saint-Maximin returning after a month out with a hamstring injury.
Seven players are still sidelined and Andy Carroll may be a doubt, but Joelinton and Fabian Schar are available.
Chelsea haven’t any new fitness concerns, although N’Golo Kante continues to be assessed for a hamstring problem.
Marcos Alonso might be in contention following a thigh injury but Christian Pulisic remains out.
Newcastle United vs Chelsea Line Up
Newcastle United possible starting lineup:
Dubravka; Hayden, Fernandez, Lascelles, Lejeune, Willems; Ritchie, Shelvey, S.Longstaff, Almiron; Joelinton
Chelsea possible starting lineup:
Arrizabalaga; James, Rudiger, Zouma, Azpilicueta; Barkley, Jorginho, Kovacic; Willian, Hudson-Odoi, Abraham
Newcastle United vs Chelsea Head to head
Saturday’s encounter will represent the 166th competitive meeting between the 2 clubs,
with Chelsea registering 73 wins as compared to 53 victories for Newcastle.
The Magpies hold a comparatively strong record against Chelsea within the North-East over recent years,
claiming four triumphs from the last half-a-dozen matches.
However, Chelsea have prevailed in six of their last seven games altogether competitions,
which incorporates a 2-1 success on their last visit to the present ground in August 2018.
How to watch Newcastle vs Chelsea
TV channel: The match will be shown live on Sky Sports’ Premier League and Main Event channels,
and is available via Now TV with a day pass for £9.99.
Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via SkyGo and the SkyGo app, with a mobile month pass available for £5.99.