Match Preview: Chelsea vs. Newcastle
This Saturday Newcastle will be hosting Chelsea at the Sports Direct Arena. After a poor few weeks, Chelsea will be desperate to secure a win which would place them fourth in the Premier League.
Chelsea won against Wolves last Saturday but lost their previous Premier League match against Liverpool the week before. Chelsea also lost 2 – 0 to Liverpool in the Carling Cup quarter-finals last Tuesday so boss Andre Villas-Boas is sure to be feeling the pressure. Things are not going well for Chelsea in the Champions League either with the team struggling to remain strong contenders.
At present Chelsea are missing Michael Essien due to a knee injury and their defence is looking weak. However, Captain John Terry will be available for the match since his suspension was served in the Carling Cup match against Liverpool.
Newcastle is in excellent form this season having lost just one Premier League game. Newcastle boss, Alan Pardew, has carefully steered the team back to the top of the game with players such as Demba Ba and Yohan Cabaye really flourishing under his guidance. The defence has been looking particularly strong this season, they have only conceded 12 goals and goalkeeper Tim Krul has been in excellent form.
Newcastle is missing winger Jonas Gutierrez after he was sent off in the match against Manchester United last Saturday. It is expected that Pardew will replace him with either Hatem Ben Arfa as Sylvain Marveaux is injured.
There is just one point separating the two teams so this is sure to be an intense match and both teams will be working hard to secure a win. However, in the last year only Manchester City and Everton have managed to win at the Newcastle grounds and Chelsea in their current form look unlikely to join this list.