Chelsea travel to St. James’ Park to play Newcastle United this weekend as the Premier League returns after a two week international break. The game is an early kick off so a victory for the Blues could see them go top of the table for a few hours.

The blues were in the middle of a rich vain of form before the break loosing only one of their first eight league games,  defeat coming against reigning Premier League champions Liverpool on match day two. In the last two Premier League games against Sheffield United and Burnley saw the blues win with relative ease, something manager Frank Lampard will be hoping for tomorrow.

Team News

Predicted Lineups

Chelsea: Mendy, James, Rudiger, Zouma, Chilwell. Kante, Kovacic, Mount. Ziyech, Werner, Abraham.

Unavailable: Pulisic (Injured), Thiago Silva (Fatigue)

Newcastle: Darlow; Murphy, Schar, Lascelles, Fernandez, Lewis; Longstaff, Hendrick, Almiron; Saint-Maximin, Joelinton

Unavailable:Gayle (Injured), Ritchie (Injured), Dummett (Injured), Fraser (Injured), Dubravka (Injured), Shelvey (Injured), Wilson (Injured)

Lampard’s Thoughts

Recent Form

Newcastle United: W-L-D-W-L

Chelsea: D-W-W-W-W

Newcastle

Southampton 2-0 Newcastle (6/11)
Newcastle 2-1 Everton (1/11)
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-1 Newcastle (25/10)
Newcastle 1-4 Manchester United (17/10)
Newcastle 3-1 Burnley (3/10)

Chelsea

Chelsea 4-1 Sheffield United (7/11)
Chelsea 3-0 Rennes (4/11)
Burnley 0-3 Chelsea (31/10)
Krasnodar 0-4 Chelsea (28/10)
Manchester United 0-0 Chelsea (24/10)

Chelsea Stats

    • The Blues are the Premier League’s top scorers with 20 goals, closely followed by Tottenham 19 and Aston Villa, Leicester and Liverpool on 18.
    • Frank Lampard’s side are looking to extend their unbeaten run to nine games since they were eliminated on penalties to Tottenham in the Carabao Cup.
    • Their only defeat in 90 minutes this season (13 games) was against Liverpool when they played the last 50 minutes with 10 men.
    • Timo Werner has scored seven goals in his last six appearances (four Chelsea, two Germany). The last Chelsea player to score in five consecutive Chelsea appearances in all competitions was Didier Drogba in November 2009.
Timo Werner

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    • Since the Liverpool game, Chelsea are unbeaten in six Premier League matches (three wins, three draws), with only Tottenham on a longer current run in the competition (seven)
    • The Blues have netted at least three goals in five of those six games.
    • The Blues are hoping to keep three consecutive away clean sheets in the Premier League for the first time since September/October 2018.
    • Chelsea will be aiming to start a Premier League season undefeated in their opening five away games for the first time since 2018/19 (also five).

Head to head history and results

Premier League meetings: 50

Chelsea wins: 25

Newcastle wins: 13

Last meeting

Newcastle 1-0 Chelsea, January 18, 2020.

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What TV channel is the game on?

BT Sport 1 (UK), Peacock (US)

Prediction

Newcastle United 1-3 Chelsea