Date: Saturday 30th October 2021
Venue: St. James’ Park
Kick-off: 15:00 BST
This afternoon’s game sees us take on a revitalised Newcastle at St James’ Park. They’ve got money behind them they can’t wait to spend, and they’ve seen the back of Mike Ashley and Steve Bruce, no doubt they’ll be wanting to dispense with us as well. So far this season, the Magpies have played all the teams from 13th to 18th in the Premier League and not beaten any of them, so we just know we’ll see peak Barcelona today.
We come into this game after a 7-0 win against Norwich in the Premier League last Saturday and another successful penalty shootout dispatched Southampton midweek to send us into the Carabao Cup quarterfinals. After parting ways with Steve Bruce, Newcastle meanwhile, took a point against Palace last weekend. They’ve lacked discipline in defence though, so they’ll be delighted we’re still missing Werner and Lukaku. We struggled for goals in open play against Southampton and whilst we’ve taken 10 from 12 points away so far this season, with Liverpool and City on our tails and both looking bang in form, we can’t afford to drop any clangers this afternoon.
Going into today’s game, Newcastle stand-in Graeme Jones, says “What happens between now and January 1 is going to define our season and it would be remiss of me if I didn’t concentrate on the Chelsea game. We’ve got the Champions League winners coming here, so I’ve not thought about anything else. If we beat Chelsea I’ll probably open a bottle of red wine with my wife and celebrate. It would be a huge moment, but I’m sorry to be boring, I’m not looking past that. My remit is just for Chelsea and I want to help my football club be in the best position we can be in.”
Thomas Tuchel, meanwhile, says “Things have changed for them [Newcastle], maybe in the dressing room and in the club and belief in the city and in the belief of the supporters with what’s coming. Maybe that affects the atmosphere in the stadium for them and for us. Listen, we experience right now the huge value to play against us. We come off these matches where we played as so-called favourites and if you look again at the table, it is the same constellation. I liked a lot how we approached these matches with the kind of intensity and effort we put into these matches. It was a nice approach and the effort we absolutely want from our team. To prove the point during the 90 minutes, we know very well that you can turn things around and close gaps in 90 minutes. That’s football, that is the game. Newcastle will try their best performance, the spectators will try to help. We are responsible for us, for our limits, to set new standards and meet our standards in what we demand. We expect a tough game and this cannot be a surprise because we play in the Premier League and coming to a very emotional and big club. That’s what we are looking for, we need to be on our best level tomorrow to catch the three points. We are up for the three points.”
For Newcastle, Martin Dubravka (foot), Freddie Woodman and Paul Dummett are all out but Jonjo Shelvey is available after serving a one-match ban.
For Chelsea, Mateo Kovacic (hamstring), Christian Pulisic, Timo Werner (hamstring) and Romelu Lukaku (ankle) will all miss out, whilst Cesar Azpilicueta (shoulder), N’Golo Kante (muscle) and Ruben Loftus-Cheek (hip) and Andreas Christensen (dental) should all be available.
NEWCASTLE (Possible line-up): Darlow; Krafth, Lascelles, Clark; Manquillo, Hayden, Willock, Almiron, Ritchie; Wilson, Saint-Maximin
CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Mendy; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Silva; James, Jorginho, Kante, Chilwell; Mount, Hudson-Odoi; Havertz
CURRENT FORM (PL)
Newcastle 0-2 Chelsea (21st November 2020)
- Newcastle have lost five of the past six Premier League meetings.
- Chelsea did the double over Newcastle last season.
- Newcastle can equal their longest winless run of 10 games from the beginning of a top-flight season.
- Chelsea have lost just two of their last 18 away fixtures in all competitions
- Newcastle have won only three of their past 17 Premier League home fixtures.
- Chelsea have won five of their past six league matches.
- Newcastle are yet to keep a clean sheet in the league this season.
- Chelsea are the first team to have as many as 14 different goalscorers in the first nine games of a Premier League campaign.
BBC Sport: Newcastle 0-2 Chelsea
Sportsmole: Newcastle 0-2 Chelsea