Chelsea are back in the North East on Saturday as manager Jose Mourinho looks to achieve victory away to Newcastle United for the first time in his managerial career.
Second half pressure almost paid off the Newcastle as they claimed a 1-1 draw at Burnley during the week, recovering well from the setback of seeing their unbeaten run come to an end three days earlier, which is particularly impressive given the depleted nature of their squad.
The Magpies have also shown on numerous occasions that they can give more fancied opponents a number of problems, with Liverpool and Tottenham among the sides beaten, but this will undoubtedly the ultimate test.
Unsurprisingly, the absence of Diego Costa did not affect Chelsea in the slightest on Wednesday as they strolled to a 3-0 win over rivals Tottenham despite never hitting top gear over the course of the 90 minutes – an ominous sign for the chasing pack.
The in-form Eden Hazard should again be expected to play a key role in any away success here, as he has consistently this season. The Serb is one of seven players to have featured in all 14 Premier League games so far, continuity which has been crucial to their form.
Newcastle have Jack Colback available again after suspension, but are still without Davide Santon, Ryan Taylor, Tim Krul and Gabriel Obertan among others.
Costa is back for Chelsea, but Nemanja Matic serves a suspension, meaning Ramires is likely to come into the midfield. Gary Cahill should recover from a knock in time to play.
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