In-form Newcastle will look to keep their place at the top four of the Premier League when they welcome struggling Chelsea to Saint James’ Park on Saturday.
Venue: St. James’ Park (Newcastle)
Newcastle United are unbeaten in their last ten matches in all competitions (W7, D3).
The hosts have won six of their last 10 home league matches.
They have kept six clean sheets in their last ten home matches.
Newcastle United have scored 2+ goals in five of their last ten home league matches.
Newcastle have conceded a PL-low two first-half goals this season.
Chelsea are winless in their last four PL games (D2, L2).
The Blues have scored just two goals in their last four league games.
They have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last six games in all competitions.
Graham Potter has only lost one of his seven managerial matchups against Newcastle (W2, D4), with five clean sheets for his sides.
Head to head
In 54 Premier League meetings between both sides, Chelsea have the superiority, winning 29 times while Newcastle have just 13 wins.
The Magpies have lost three of their last four PL games at home against the Blues, who have seven wins in the last eight H2Hs played anywhere.
Latest performances in all competitions
Newcastle United: W-W-W-W-W
Premier League’s most in-form team, Newcastle United, will look to keep their impressive run of form when they host Chelsea on Saturday.
The Magpies have taken the Premier League by surprise after winning seven of their opening 14 games while losing only once (to Liverpool at Anfield). While many of their fans were cautiously optimistic coming into their first full season under Saudi ownership, few would have predicted that their side will be sitting in third place heading into Round 15.
The hosts are currently on a run of four consecutive wins and come into this tie on the back of an impressive 4-1 win over Southampton in the Premier League. Miguel Almiron continued his fiery form, scoring in the game to take his tally for the season in the league to eight games.
The Paraguayan will hope to continue that form at St. James’ Park where his side have won four out of seven games while scoring 16 times and conceding just five goals. With the World Cup break coming after this break, Eddie Howe’s men would go into the break in third place should they win this game.
The former Bournemouth boss will fancy his side’s chances of getting a win having managed to rotate a considerable chunk of his first-choice starting 11 in Newcastle’s midweek cup victory against Crystal Palace–a win that took their unbeaten run in all competitions to ten games (W7, D3).
Those fresh legs may be needed against a Chelsea side against who the Magpies have lost in three of the last four PL home H2Hs.
Possible Newcastle United starting line-up
Nick Pope; Kieran Trippier, Fabian Schär, Sven Botman, Dan Burn; Sean Longstaff, Bruno Guimarães, Joe Willock; Miguel Almirón, Joelinton, Jacob Murphy.
Injured: Ryan Fraser, Matt Ritchie, Alexander Isak
Doubtful: Callum Wilson
While Newcastle are on an upward trajectory under Eddie Howe, Chelsea seems to have gone down under Graham Potter.
After a bright start to life at Chelsea, things have gone sour for the former Brighton manager whose side come into this fixture on the back of two consecutive losses.
The Blues suffered an early exit from the Carabao Cup when they were beaten 2-0 by Manchester City at the Etihad. The result followed a 1-0 home loss to Arsenal last weekend in the Premier League, a result that made it four league games without a win for the visitors (D2, L2).
With some fans beginning to show their displeasure at Chelsea’s style of play under Potter, it might not be long before calls for his sack begin to gain popularity. But for now, Potter will be desperate to get his side firing and tighter at the back where they enjoyed good form during Potter’s early reign.
Having won seven of their last eight PL games against Newcastle, Chelsea will see the Magpies as an ideal opponent to snap that torrid streak. The manager should also feel confident about avoiding extending their losing run beyond two games given he has only lost one of his seven managerial matchups against Newcastle (W2, D4), and with five clean sheets for his sides in there, one goal may be enough for a win here.
Possible Chelsea starting line-up
Edouard Mendy; Cesar Azpilicueta, Trevoh Chalobah, Thiago Silva, Marc Cucurella; Mateo Kovacic, Jorginho, Mason Mount, Kai Havertz, Raheem Sterling; Pierre Emerick Aubameyang.
Injured: Carney Chukwuemeka, Ben Chilwell, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Reece James, Wesley Fofana, Ngolo Kante
Newcastle 2-1 Chelsea