Chelsea’s season has hit a turmoil recently following their exit from League Cup semi-final against Arsenal. Also, the reigning Premier League champions are only a ‘Top four’ aspire this term and they are unlikely to proceed beyond Barcelona clash in the prestigious Champions League Round of16 fixture.
The Blues thus must consider the FA Cup tie earnestly and their Stamford Bridge outing against Newcastle United is quite a fortunate draw in this difficult time. They edged past Norwich City in the 3rd Rond tie following a rematch that got its conclusion in the tie-breaker. Chelsea, however, must see it off in 90 minutes and march on through to the next round.
Rafael Benitez, the Magpies boss, will visit his former club with more determination and intent as they are only one-point clear the drop zone in the league and a favourable outcome against Antonio Conte’s side will boost them up for the rest of the campaign.
Chelsea vs Newcastle United Injuries And Suspensions:
The Blues will continue to have a few significant injury absentees. Alvaro Morata and Thibaut Courtois are ruled out with their respective lower back and ankle injuries whereas Cesc Fabregas and Willian remain major doubts following their hamstring strains.
Newcastle United, on the other hand, will be without veteran right-back Jesus Gamez as he continues to miss out due to an ankle surgery. Aleksandar Mitrovic might return from his lower back strain. But both Chancel Mbemba and Florian Lejeune remain major doubts with their knee and ankle injuries.
Chelsea vs Newcastle United Probable Lineups:
Subs: Eduardo, Antonio Rudiger, Tiemoue Rudiger, Gary Cahill, Victor Moses, Charly Musonda, Ethan Ampadu.
Subs: Rob Elliot, Dwight Gayle, Matt Ritchie, Ayoze Perez, Manquillo, Massadio Haidara, Isaac Hayden.
Chelsea vs Newcastle United Last Meeting:
Their December’s Premier League outing at Stamford Bridge ended in a 3-1 win for Chelsea who despite going down by an early goal of Dwight Gayle, reacted sharply and netted thrice – Eden Hazard scored a brace, Alvaro Morata netted the other one.
Chelsea vs Newcastle United Key Players:
Eden Hazard has been the only spark in a gloomy Chelsea side recently and the Belgian is expected to carry them forward defeating the Magpies.
Newcastle will rely on Joselu, Dwight Gayle upfront whereas former Chelsea winger Christian Atsu and in-form Jacob Murphy will test the Blues’ defensive resilience.
Chelsea vs Newcastle United Head-To-Head Stats:
Chelsea Win: 70
Newcastle United: 52
Chelsea vs Newcastle United Current Form (In All Competitions):
Newcastle United: L-D-W-W-D-L
Chelsea vs Newcastle United Betting Odds (Subject To Change):
Newcastle United: 23/4
Chelsea vs Newcastle United Live Streaming:
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