Chelsea line-up v Newcastle: Midfielder out but who will Mourinho select?

first_imgPremier League leaders Chelsea kept up their momentum with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Tottenham in midweek and next up for the Blues is a lunchtime showdown with Newcaslte United.Eden Hazard, Didier Drogba and Loic Remy were all on the scoresheet last time out to extend Chelsea’s unbeaten league run to 14 games, but this weekend will provide a new challenge for boss Jose Mourinho, who is yet to win at St. James’ Park in his managerial career.Chelsea can set a new club record of 24 unbeaten games with victory, but the only accolade the Blues’ boss is interested in is a third Premier League title.During his pre-match press conference, Mourinho also reported no new injury concerns, with the Portuguese welcoming back striker Diego Costa back into the first team, following his suspension, although defender Nathan Ake remains sidelined with a hamstring injury. Nemanja Matic’s fifth booking of the season means he missed out though.Below is how Chelsea could line up: 1 Chelsea face Newcastle on Saturday 1 GoalkeeperWill Thibaut Courtois, who added two more clean sheets against Sunderland and Spurs to his lengthy list, start his fifth match in two weeks? Probably, so expect the Belgian youngster to feature on Saturday, while Petr Cech will likely get the nod for Chelsea’s final Champions League Group game against Sporting Lisbon on Wednesday.DefenceChelsea survived Tottenham’s early onslaught in impressive fashion to underline why they have have conceded just 11 goals this season, the second lowest in the league. However, there are question marks over Gary Cahill’s fitness after the England International clashed heads with Jan Vertonghen in midweek. His replacement Kevin Zouma partnered John Terry well and a back four with Terry, Branislav Ivanovic and Cesar Azpilicueta looks a formidible quartet.MidfieldChelsea’s midfield rediscovered their collective scoring boots during the week, as Eden Hazard netted his seventh goal of the season to sink Spurs. Matic’s fifth booking of the campaign means he is suspended, so it will be interesting to see how Cesc Fabregas fares without his partner in crime. John Obi Mikel is expected to slot in and do all the heavy lifting, with Hazard, Oscar and William unchanged just in front.StrikerMourinho confirmed Costa will start against the Magpies but in truth, any of his strikers could feature such has been their collective good form. Drogba is back to his battling best and scored a cracker against Spurs, before former Magpie Remy came off the bench to add another to his tally. Costa has scored 11 league goals so far, but Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero is getting all the plaudits and the lethal Spaniard will certainly be looking to redress the balance this weekend.Chelsea fans, how do you think you’ll line-up against Newcaslte? Comment below…last_img

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