Chelsea manager Frank Lampard will be scratching his head after his mainstay in the midfield N’Golo Kante picked up an injury during the international break. However, the Blues will be going for full points when they host Newcastle United on Saturday for their ninth Premier League game of the season and be in the contention for a top-four spot.
Chelsea vs Newcastle United Match Details
Date: October 19, 2019.
Time: 7:30 PM IST.
Venue: Stamford Bridge, London.
Chelsea vs Newcastle United Match Preview
Given how the young forwards Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount have blossomed so far, Chelsea will be hoping to treat their fans with a goal feast on Saturday and increase their GD. Callum Hudson Odoi and Willian will shoulder the attacking duties from the wings.
With Christensen also out due to injury, the backline should be guarded by Fikayo Tomori and Kurt Zouma as the central defenders with Marcos Alonso and skipper Cesar Azpilicueta as the left and right-back respectively. Jorginho is likely to be paired up with Mateo Kovacic, who is back in training after his injury.
Unlike their opponent, the visitors don’t have any injury issue to worry about and Steve Bruce has the privilege to field a full-strength team at the Bridge. Other than DeAndre Yedlin, Newcastle United are expected to play the same team that pulled out a surprising 1-0 win against Manchester United before the international break.
Fabian Schar, Paul Dummett and captain Jamaal Lascelles will be in the role of central defenders, while Jetro Williams and Krafth are likely to be the left and right-backs. Longstaff brothers will again be given the responsibility at the middle with Miguel Almiron and Allan Sain-Maxim playing in the wings for Joelinton at the top.
Chelsea have an impeccable recent-record against today’s opponents at Stamford Bridge. They have won last six matches and have scored a staggering 17 goals.
Chelsea vs Newcastle United Probable Starting XI
Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Arrziabalaga; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Tomori, Alonso; Kovacic, Jorginho; Willian, Mount, Hudson-Odoi; Abraham.
Newcastle United (5-4-1): Dubravka; Krafth, Schar, Lascelles, Dummett, Willems; Almiron, Matthew Longstaff, Sean Longstaff, Saint-Maximin; Joelinton.