Chelsea return to action after the international break following an entertaining eight-goal thriller against Manchester City and now face the long journey to the north-east to face Newcastle United from 1800hrs at St James Park.

Mauricio Pochettino will be looking to pick up his side’s form as they look to get their fifth win of the league campaign.

While the Magpies sit seventh in the table with 20 points from 12 matches, the Blues find themselves four places and four points further back in 10th spot.

Newcastle have won five of their six home league games this season but they have dropped points in three of their last five matches, conceding twice against West Ham, Wolves and Bournemouth.

The Magpies have won only one of their last six meetings with Chelsea, losing to nil in four of those clashes.

Newcastle have Elliot Anderson, Harvey Barnes, Sven Botman, Dan Burn, Matt Target, Callum Wilson, Javier Manquillo and Jacob Murphy all sidelined through injury.

Sandro Tonali is suspended and Lewis Hall is ineligible to face his parent club. However, Miguel Almiron, Fabian Schar and Alexander Isak are all in contention to return to the side.

Chelsea remain without long-term absentees Carney Chukwuemeka, Ben Chillwell, Trevor Chalobah, Romeo Lavia and Wesley Fofana.

Marco Gusto and Levi Colwill are doubts and the match also comes too soon for Christopher Nkunku, although he is getting closer to making his debut for the Blues.

Chelsea have found their scoring touch in recent weeks, racking up 16 goals across their last six league matches.

Having scored four in back-to-back games with Tottenham and Manchester City, Chelsea should be confident that they can exploit Newcastle’s injury situation.

Chelsea based on their current form and Newcastle United squad that has been hit with injuries, the blues might claim a narrow win at the St James Park.


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