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Date: Saturday 25th November 2023

Venue: St James’ Park

Kick-off: 15:00 GMT

Our first game back after the international break sees us travel to St James’ Park to face Newcastle.

Newcastle’s seven game unbeaten run came to an end before the break, with defeat against Bournemouth, leaving them seventh in the table as injuries started to bite. They’ll have been glad of the break, to give players time to recover, whilst for us, it was a break we could probably have done without. With a win against Sp*rs and a draw against City, it felt like we might just have been gathering some sort of momentum – or at least we’d managed to string some pretty convincing performances together to lift ourselves up to the dizzy heights of 10th place.

The Magpies are a tough side to face at home, winning the last four there, whilst we definitely haven’t found St James’ Park a happy hunting ground, losing 13 times there in the Premier League. We’ve lost just one of our last eight in all competitions, scoring 20 goals in the process but goals are hard to come by in this particular fixture, so I wouldn’t be expecting us to pick up where we left off before the break.


Going into today’s game, Newcastle manager Eddi Howe, says Our home form has been very strong; we have had some good results against some top sides. You look back at our last league game here against Arsenal, and it was a very strong performance, full of discipline and quality. Another performance and atmosphere like that would be more than welcome. There is a determination to put the Bournemouth result to bed.

They [Chelsea] have a great manager, someone who has been in the Premier League before and he can develop young players – full credit to him and the job he has been doing. I think he is a really good fit for Chelsea, and they are improving every week. We know it is going to be a real test. I think as much as you can look at that, they’ve scored eight goals in two games. OK, against Tottenham, it was well documented what happened in that game. But (they have scored) eight goals against Tottenham and Manchester City. I think we’re seeing a team with outstanding players and an outstanding manager now beginning to gel and find their form. For us, of course we’ll look at them, analyse their strengths and any areas where we could potentially hurt them, as we will with every opposition.”

Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino, meanwhile, says “We were not consistent in the first period of this competition, I tried to think why.  We are good against teams like Arsenal and Liverpool and struggle to compete with teams with less quality than us that play in a different way.  That is all part of the process, we are a young team that started working four months ago.

We have a team [Newcastle United] that is going to be really strong and tough. It is a team that has built for the Champions League, which is our aim for next season. Which is why it is going to be tough.”


For Newcastle, Sven Botman (knee), Callum Wilson, Matt Targett (both hamstring), Harvey Barnes (foot), Javi Manquillo (groin), Dan Burn, Elliot Anderson (both back), and Jacob Murphy (shoulder) are injured. Alexander Isak (groin) and Sean Longstaff (ankle) remain doubts and Lewis Hall is unable to play, whilst Sandro Tonali is suspended. Miguel Almiron (thigh), Fabian Schar (hamstring) and Kieran Trippier are all available for selection, and Bruno Guimaraes returns after serving a one-match ban.

For Chelsea, Wesley Fofana (knee), Christopher Nkunku (knee), Romeo Lavia (ankle), Ben Chilwell (Hamstring), Trevoh Chalobah (hamstring), and Carney Chukwuemeka (knee) all remain unavailable. Levi Colwill (shoulder) and Malo Gusto (knee) have both recovered from injury, whilst Conor Gallagher (ankle) should also be available.


NEWCASTLE (Possible line-up): Pope; Trippier, Lascelles, Schar, Livramento; Longstaff, Guimaraes, Willock; Almiron, Gordon, Joelinton

CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Sanchez; James, Disasi, Silva,Cucurella; Fernandez, Caicedo, Gallagher; Palmer, Jackson, Sterling


Newcastle 1-0 Chelsea (12 November 2022)





  • Newcastle took 4 points off Chelsea last season, after losing seven of their previous eight against us.
  • Chelsea have lost 13 Premier League games at St. James’ Park.
  • Newcastle could win five successive top-flight home games without conceding a goal.
  • Chelsea have won three consecutive Premier League away games.
  • Newcastle have lost four of their 12 top-flight fixtures this season.
  • Chelsea have scored four times in three of their past five league fixtures, including both of their last two away.
  • Newcastle are yet to lose a Saturday Premier League game at 3pm under Howe.
  • Chelsea’s six Premier League matches since the start of October have produced the most goals of any club in that period, with 16 scored and 10 conceded.


Sportsmole: Newcastle 1-1 Chelsea



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