- Clubs have split last three season series
- Chelsea winless in last two at St. James Park
- Blues hold all-time edge: 65W-39D-51L
Newcastle United is next in line for an attempt to deny Chelsea’s attempt at history when they welcome Jose Mourinho’s Blues into St. James Park on Saturday (Watch live at 745am ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra).
The only blemishes on Chelsea’s record are a trio of draws through 14 matches. The Blues lead the Premier League by six points, and are 12 points above the fifth slot in the table.
But the Magpies were nearly as hot before a Saturday swoon at West Ham and a Tuesday draw against Burnley. Now they have a chance to right their ship against Chelsea, against whom they’ve had relative success.
Gary Cahill and Diego Costa return for Chelsea, while Newcastle continues to deal with injury woes in the back (not usually good news against the Blues). Star goalkeeper Tim Krul is out, and captain Fabricio Coloccini remains an injury concern with a calf ailment.
What they’re saying
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew on the Blues quality – “It’s the best Chelsea team that I’ve ever seen and I’ve watched them since I was about 12 so I know them pretty well. I think Jose is pretty pleased with what he’s got.”
Chelsea’s Oscar on the challenge of staying in the right mindset– “We have such a strong team and in every game we try to be compact in order to win the match. We need to control the games. The manager wants us to stay confident but not too much because that can be dangerous. He tells the attacking players to score goals and enjoy our football but when we don’t have the ball we have to defend as a team.’
Chelsea is strong, and far better equipped to deal with three matches in 7 days than its Northeast counterparts. The biggest issue is Krul’s absence, as Diego Costa and company could feast on Rob Elliot. Newcastle finds a goal here, but Chelsea snags the points. 2-1, Blues.