Newcastle vs Chelsea Preview, Team News, Likely Line-ups & Predicted Score

By on February 1, 2013

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Chelsea are in the north West to face Newcastle United at St James Park on Saturday afternoon looking to get back to winning ways.

The Blues surrendered a two-goal advantage for the second game running to allow Reading to snatch a late draw on Wednesday night so interim boss Rafa Benitez will be keen for a response from his players.

The Spaniard has seen the pressure mounting again in recent weeks after only picking up one win in five games and there has been speculation suggesting he may not see out the season in the Chelsea hot-seat.

The game will see the return of Demba Ba to St James’ Park after the striker made the move to West London in January, and he will be keen to start ahead of Fernando Torres this weekend to face his former side.

The European champions will face a new-look Newcastle side after boss Alan Pardew added five French players to his squad in January with Moussa Sissoko making an immediate impact during Tuesday 2-1 win at Aston Villa.

Team News

Rafa Benitez will have goalkeeper Petr Cech back for the game after he returned to training following a groin injury. John Terry is also expected to return to the starting line-up after being left out in midweek and he is likely to play alongside Gary Cahill at the back.

Striker Ba is likely to come in for Torres after the Spaniard once again failed to find the net last time out. Ryan Bertrand may continue in his more advanced role with Victor Moses and John Obi Mikel away on international duty, while Eden Hazard completes a three-game ban. Juan Mata is expected to start despite being forced off early against Reading.

Toon boss Alan Pardew may name an un-changed line-up for the game. January signings Moussa Sissoko and Yoan Gouffran are expected to retain their places as is defender Steven Taylor, who has only recently returned from injury.

Sylvain Marveaux is also back in contention but Hatem Ben Arfa remains out with a hamstring problem while Cheick Tiote is away on Africa Cup of Nations duty with the Ivory Coast.

Likely Line-ups

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Predicted Score

Chelsea have an excellent recent record at St James Park, winning three and losing none of their last five visits in the league and have only conceded once during that time. So despite their recent poor form the Blues should be favorites to win this one. Newcastle 1-2 Chelsea

What would your line up be and what’s your score prediction for the game? Get involved in the comments section below.

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15 Comments

  1. kris

    February 1, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Since when has Newcastle been on the north west?? Its in the north east idiot!

  2. Onos kelly frm oginibo

    February 1, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Pls chelsea win this one

  3. Jif

    February 1, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Any team that has perch as first choice in midfield will get beaten by an average Chelsea team perch is not a premier league player

  4. chincon

    February 1, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    Infact am no longer interested in watching Chelsea match again untill rafa is out of our club…@lufemskay twitter me.

  5. WAYNE

    February 1, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    AMAZING COMMENTS OPENING LINE
    [“CHELSEA ARE IN THE NORTH WEST” ???]

    to face Newcastle United at St James Park on Saturday afternoon looking to get back to winning ways.”
    WHO WRITES THIS STUFF??
    KEEP OFF THE SHERRY

  6. coded guy

    February 1, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    I would predict the march to 2-1 in favour of newcastle chelsea will loss

  7. Peter

    February 2, 2013 at 4:12 am

    Agree with Jif re Perch, though I truly value him as a squad player. Your line can be improved, though I think it likely the line up AP will use. I would prefer
    Krul
    Saylor / Colo / Mbiwa
    Debuchy / Anita / Santon
    Marv / Cabaye / Siso
    Cisse

    Just my opinion.

  8. Paul peter agbatse

    February 2, 2013 at 4:29 am

    Not askin too much.. But Chelsea should win by 1 v 0

  9. Bface

    February 2, 2013 at 4:47 am

    Infact,it is painful 2 see chelsea of al people concedin goals towards d end of a game.My line-up; cech+cole+Ivan+cahil+Azp+Ram+Benayoun+marin+oscar+mata+Ba=5goals 2goals 4rm Ba,2goals 4rm mata 1goal 4rm a defender either cahil or Ivan.the match wil end 5-2 in favour of chelsea

  10. Noskey

    February 2, 2013 at 6:49 am

    I would prefer benayoun 2 start ahead of bertrand. That guy bertrand is a defender nt a midfielder. Torres and rafa out. Up demba ba. Blue z d colour.

  11. logical4blues

    February 2, 2013 at 7:04 am

    Chelsea loves it in diz kind of game. Ful of challenges. Com on Ba, let dem know why Chelsea showed interest in u

  12. Heart akuba

    February 2, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Chelsea should be defencively ,attackingly and offensively if der must win with benayon on d linup i think is a gud replacement 4 hazard chelsea 3 newcatle 1 with ba scoring d 2 goals blue his d colour

  13. Agunlikecrown

    February 2, 2013 at 11:19 am

    I wil lik 2 c cech azp cahil terry ashley ramirez lampard oscar mata benayoun demba

  14. Akindele Olatunde

    February 2, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Mr Benitez,go and start Torres 4 Spain against Uruguay cos is ur Son,Idiot Beni.

  15. prince chuks

    February 2, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    my lineup is cech,Azcuelieta,cole,cahill,ivanovic, Ramires,lampard,oscar,mata,benayoun BA mr Benitez or whatever please do not miss this or you are out

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