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CHELSEA v Newcastle: EFL Cup Preview

Date: Tuesday 19th December 2023

Venue: Stamford Bridge

Kick-off: 20:00 GMT

Tonight’s game sees us play host to Newcastle United in the EFL quarter final. It didn’t end well the last time we played them, albeit at St James’ Park, where they sent us home with tails firmly between legs.

We managed a result against bottom-place Sheffield United at the weekend but not until we’d endured a bit of a dull first-half. Palmer found his mojo again second half and it sprung us into enough life to get a comfortable 2-0 win. In this competition meanwhile, we also beat Blackburn Rovers 2-0 to set up tonight’s last-eight fixture, after home wins over AFC Wimbledon and Brighton.

Newcastle also had a win at the weekend, beating Fulham 3-0, and beat Manchester United by the same scoreline to reach the EFL quarter-finals. Similarly to our last meeting, we’ve heard much of their injury woes, with 7 confirmed at last count. So clearly the 11 absentees we have simply aren’t newsworthy anymore.

Newcastle are unbeaten against us in our last 3 meetings and whatever the tales of woe told, they have some key players returning to the starting XI. They were also beaten in seven successive quarter-final ties before progressing to runners-up last year, so they’ll be looking to improve on that.


Going into tonight’s game, Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino, says “We need to fight, we need to be aggressive, to follow our last game in the way we behave and improve in the way we play – and to have the capacity to fight for every single ball. It’s an important competition and for us, it was one of our objectives and it still is. It’s going to be an important game tomorrow and we have to face a very good team. Of course I want to win a trophy here in England, and win one with Chelsea if we have the opportunity. My wish and desire is to win and it’s possible. We need to respect our opponents, Newcastle are going to be tough so we will need to deserve to go through.”

Newcastle manager, Eddie Howe, meanwhile, says “We want the games, we want the competition. We want the excitement of challenging for trophies. That’s where we have to be – not just now but in the future. January sounds a good month, it sounds a lot of fun – I’m looking forward to that. It’s no fun if it’s easy is it? We will pick a team that gives us the best chance of winning at Chelsea.”


For Chelsea, Wesley Fofana (knee), Ben Chilwell (Hamstring), Trevoh Chalobah (thigh), Carney Chukwuemeka (knee), Robert Sanchez (knee), Reece James (broken), Marc Cucurella (ankle), Lesley Ugochukwu (unspecified), Noni Madueke (unspecified) and Romeo Lavia (ankle). Malo Gusto (knee) is available and we were teased with Christopher Nkunku warming up at the weekend, so we might actually see him get 5 minutes tonight.

For Newcastle, Nick Pope (shoulder), Jacob Murphy (shoulder), Matt Targett (thigh), Javi Manquillo (groin), Elliot Anderson (back), Joe Willock (calf) and Harvey Barnes (ankle) are injured. Sandro Tonali is suspended, Kieran Trippier (unspecified) and Alexander Isak (groin) will face assessment, and whilst Joelinton and Fabian Schar were substituted at the weekend, they are not considered to be serious issues.


CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Petrovic; Gusto, Disasi, Badiashile, Maatsen; Caicedo, Fernandez; Sterling, Gallagher, Palmer; Jackson

NEWCASTLE (Possible line-up): Dubravka; Krafth, Lascelles, Botman, Burn; Miley, Guimaraes, Longstaff; Ritchie, Wilson, Almiron


Newcastle 4-1 Chelsea (25th Nov 2023)





  • Chelsea have just two wins from their last six games across all competitions. 
  • Newcastle have lost three of their last six games across all competitions.
  • Chelsea and Newcastle United have faced each other 174 times, Chelsea have 78 wins and 40 draws. Newcastle have 56 wins.
  • The most recent meeting ended in a 4-1 win for Newcastle.
  • Chelsea have conceded 14 goals in their last six matches across all competitions.
  • Newcastle have failed to win 4 of their last six matches across all competitions.


Sportsmole: Chelsea 2-1 Newcastle



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