The weekend action starts in Premier League with Newcastle taking on Chelsea St James’ Park on Saturday afternoon.
Newcastle had a mixed bag of results so far this season, with the highlights being wins over West Ham United, Burnley, Everton, and draws at Tottenham and Wolves. They had their limitations exposed when beaten 4-1 by Manchester United and in a 2-0 loss at Southampton before the international break. Currently, they are on 11 points from eight games and can move as high as seventh with a win in this game.
Chelsea currently sits in fifth place with 15 points after eight games, three points behind early leaders Leicester City. But victory over Newcastle will send them top temporarily. In their last match, they scored a dominating 4-1 victory against Sheffield United.
Since losing to Liverpool in game week two, Chelsea are now unbeaten in six Premier League games and three Champions League games. Also, the Blues are now the league’s leading scorers with 20 goals from their eight outings.
The two matches between these sides last season saw identical results. Chelsea won 1-0 in October at Stamford Bridge, while Newcastle won by the same margin at St. James’ Park in January.
In 50 head to head matches, Chelsea has won 25 games, Newcastle has won 13 games and 12 games have been drawn.
Newcastle have lost just one of their last seven Premier League home games against Chelsea (W5 D1), winning this fixture last season courtesy of I Hayden’s 90th-minute goal.
Newcastle have won two of their last three Premier League home games, as many as they had in their previous 11 at St James’ Park (W2 D4 L5). They are looking to pick up consecutive home league wins for the first time since Dec 2019.
Chelsea have won five of their last seven Premier League meetings with Newcastle (L2), though the Blues have only managed to keep one clean sheet in this run – a 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge last season.
Chelsea’s T Werner has been involved in nine goals in his last seven appearances in all competitions (7 goals, 2 assists), scoring in each of his last four. The last player to score in five consecutive appearances for Chelsea was Drogba in Nov 2009.
- Match: Newcastle United vs Chelsea
- Venue: St. James Park, Newcastle
- Date & Time: Nov. 21, 2020, at 6 PM IST
- Injured: M Dubravka, M Ritchie, D Gayle, J Shelvey
- Doubtful: R Fraser, C Wilson
- Suspended: None
- Injured: C Pulisic, B Gilmour
- Doubtful: B Chilwell, K Havertz
- Suspended: None
Predicted Starting XI
Newcastle United (5-3-2)
K Darlow (GK); J Murphy, F Schar, J Lascelles, F Fernandez, J Lewis; J Hendrick, I Hayden, S Longstaff; Joelinton, A S-Maximin
E Mendy (GK); R James, K Zouma, J Rudiger, B Chilwell; M Kovacic, N Kante, M Mount; H Ziyech, T Abraham, T Werner
- Newcastle United form guide: L-W-D-L-W
- Chelsea form guide: W-W-W-W-D
Newcastle are used to sitting deep, stifle, and hit opponents on the break. However, they might find this tricky against Chelsea.
Chelsea were on a roll before the international break, and their attacking play is amongst the best in the Premier League this season. Expect the Blues to pick up another three points on the road.
Howzat Dream Team
- Goalkeeper: K Darlow
- Defenders: K Zouma, R James, F Schar, F Fernandez
- Midfielders: H Ziyech, M Mount, A S-Maximin
- Forwards: T Werner, T Abraham, Joelinton
- Captain: T Werner/H Ziyech
- Vice Captain: A S-Maximin/Joelinton
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