Newcastle v Chelsea: match preview

Newcastle v Chelsea: match preview

Appearances can be deceptive. Newcastle United might look safe in mid-table, with fans even having begun to chant Steve Bruce’s name but they are only five points above the relegation zone, on a poor run and their sole fit striker is the less than prolific £40m Brazilian Joelinton. With Chelsea anxious about qualifying for next season’s Champions League it could be a surprisingly tense evening on Tyneside where the drama seems set to be enriched appreciably by the expected return of Newcastle’s Allan Saint-Maximin following injury. Louise Taylor

Saturday 5.30pm Sky Sports Premier League

Venue St James’ Park

Last season Newcastle 1 Chelsea 2

Referee Chris Kavanagh

This season G15 Y49 R0 3.27 cards/game

Odds H 5-1 A 1-2 D 7-2


Subs from Darlow, Clark, Shelvey, Carroll, M Longstaff, Atsu, Allan, Watts

Doubtful Carroll (hip), Saint-Maximin (hamstring)

Injured Gayle (hamstring), Willems (groin, both Feb), Dummett (hamstring), Ki (knock), Manquillo (hamstring), Muto (hip), Schär (thigh), Yedlin (knee, all unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y34 R2


Leading scorer Shelvey 5


Subs from Caballero, Tomori, Emerson, Zouma, Alonso, Kovacic, Kanté, Gilmour, Pedro, Batshuayi, Giroud

Doubtful Alonso (thigh), Kanté (hamstring)

Injured Pulisic (thigh, 1 Feb), Loftus-Cheek (achilles, unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y40 R0


Leading scorer Abraham 13