Chelsea vs Newcastle United: Match Preview

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Chelsea will go into this game with addition of 2 new players- Victor Moses and Cesar Azpilicueta both being announced in the past 2 days. Though it looks unlikely that Moses will play any part against Newcastle but Azpilicueta might get a start if Chelsea’s defensive vows aren’t solved.
On the other hand Newcastle go into this game after a good convincing win against Tottenham Hotspurs and a mid-week draw against Atormitos. Alan Pardew made 9 changes to the side that played Atormitos resting his key players for the game against Chelsea. Last season Magpies ended their poor run at Stamford Bridge with a 2-0 win thanks to a wonder goal by Papis Cisse.
Team News-Chelsea: Along with the obvious absentee Marko Marin, Chelsea will be without captain John Terry who suffered a neck injury against Reading in the mid-week and David Luiz still looks doubtful. Highly unlikely that Victor Moses might get a chance in this game but Cesar Azpilicueta might make an appearance if the defensive troubles are not solved.
Expected Line-up
Team News-Newcastle United: Newcastle made 9 changes to the midweek Europa Cup game against Atormitos with Papis Cisse the only notable name in the starting XI. Alan Pardew will have late fitness check on 4 players-Fabricio Coloccini and striker Demba Ba have had respective thigh and shin problems, while Cheick Tiote (calf) and Shola Ameobi (hamstring) remain doubts.
Expected Line-up
Player to Watch-Chelsea: Eden Hazard- Second game running Eden Hazard gets my pick as the “Man to Watch”. Needless to say that the Belgian has been the star player for Chelsea this season getting 3 assists in his past 2 games. The Belgian’s mesmerizing speed and his neat footwork has been a pain for defenders so far. 2 games 2 Man Of The Match performances can Hazard continue his run?
Player to watch-Newcastle United: Papis Cisse- Petr Cech probably still gets nightmares of “THAT” Papis Cisse goal when the 2 sides faced each other last time at Stamford Bridge. The striker is yet to open his goal scoring account this season but Chelsea will know the trouble he can cause and that too with a makeshift defense.
Match Facts-
  • Newcastle’s 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge on 2 May was their first league victory away to Chelsea since 1986.
  • The Magpies are now unbeaten in their last four league and cup matches at Chelsea (W2, D2). That includes a 4-3 win in the third round of the League Cup in 2010.
  • The Blues’ defeat to Newcastle last term is their only home loss in 2012.
  • Last season’s win at Stamford Bridge is the Magpies’ only win in their last eight league games in London

-Shikharr Chandra (@ShikharrC)

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  1. Anonymous says

    penalties count as assits under new rules

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