With 27 points from 14 games, Newcastle is presently in third place in the Premier League, while Chelsea is in seventh place with 21 points from 13 games.
In addition, Eddie Howe’s team advanced to the fourth round of the EFL Cup (Carabao Cup) after defeating Crystal Palace on penalties following a scoreless draw on Wednesday at St. James’ Park.
Chelsea lost to Premier League champions Manchester City 2-0, and as a result, the Blues were eliminated from the Carabao Cup in the third round.
Chelsea’s recent league performance has been disappointing; in their last four games, they have only earned two points, losing their last two to Brighton and Arsenal.
Newcastle’s team news:
Newcastle will again be missing the likes of Alexander Isak, Emil Krafth, Ryan Fraser, Matt Ritchie and Paul Dummett when they face Chelsea at home due to injury, while Callum Wilson is a doubt due to illness.
As expected, Newcastle manager, Eddie Howe, made a number of changes for the Carabao Cup clash with Crystal Palace on Wednesday, but the likes of Kieran Trippier, Bruno Guimaraes, Sven Botman, Miguel Almiron, Joe Willock, Fabian Schar and Kieran Trippier will all be back in the starting side against Chelsea.
Joelinton missed Newcastle’s last match against Southampton through suspension, but the Brazilian star is available for the Chelsea clash and is expected to get the nod over Jacob Murphy.
Newcastle United’s probable starting XI:
Pope, Trippier, Schar, Botman, Burn, Guimaraes, Willock, S Longstaff, Joelinton, Wilson, and Almiron.
Chelsea’s team news:
Chelsea will be without the likes of N’Golo Kante, Wesley Fofana, Reece James, and Ben Chilwell for the Newcastle tie due to injury.
Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga is also unlikely to take part in the Newcastle clash due to a foot injury, while midfielder Jorginho remains a doubt with the problem that kept him out against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup.
Chelsea manager Graham Potter will make changes from the team that lost to Pep Guardiola’s side on Wednesday, with Mason Mount, Kai Havertz, Raheem Sterling, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Thiago Silva all set to come back in.
Potter’s side could switch to a back four against Newcastle, with Cesar Azpilicueta coming in at right-back, while Trevoh Chalobah could get the nod alongside Silva in the center-back.
Chelsea’s probable starting XI:
Mendy, Azpilicueta, Chalobah, Silva, Cucurella, Loftus-Cheek, Kovacic, Sterling, Havertz, Mount and Aubameyang.
Newcastle and Chelsea are expected to play to a draw, according to LEGITLOADED. 1-1 will be the final score.
Newcastle vs. Chelsea will kick off at 6:30 p.m.