Chelsea FC travel up north to take on Newcastle United as their resurgence continues.
Chelsea will look to make it four wins in a row in all competitions as they face Newcastle United in yet another crunch Premier League tie. Despite the club’s good form, a poor result here will push the Blues back into mild turmoil.
The last week or so has somewhat signalled a fresh start for the reigning Premier League champions. A well-documented disastrous opening month left Chelsea languishing minimally above the relegation zone in 17th place.
The Blues were then afforded timely respite with the arrival of Maccabi Tel-Aviv in the Champions League. The club welcomed the change of scene and a refreshed line-up despatched the Israeli visitors 4-0.
This was followed by a more typical Chelsea performance as they fought and connived their way to a 2-0 win over hated rivals Arsenal. Diego Costa played the role of Diego Costa to Academy Award-winning level, managing to get Gabriel sent off and anger football fans worldwide in the process.
A trip to Walsall was next on the agenda on Wednesday night and the potentially embarrassing stumbling block was negotiated successfully in a 4-1 win. Now, all attention turns to St James’ Park as Chelsea look to take advantage of the chaotic atmosphere that seems to always engulf the Toon.
Steve McClaren took over the Newcastle hot seat this summer but has so far failed to pull the team together. McClaren is a good manager, it is more that the players simply don’t look interested. He’ll be desperate to rejuvenate the side in front of what will undoubtedly be a sell-out crowd of 50,000+.
Despite Newcastle not having won a game thus far in the league, it still won’t be easy. Jose Mourinho has never won at the northeast cauldron and the Geordies will be well aware of that fact as they look for inspiration. Furthermore, Diego Costa will be unavailable after the FA (rightly) handed down a three-match-ban for his frisky antics against the Gunners.
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Newcastle United v Chelsea FC, 26th September 2015
Venue: St James’ Park
Time: 17:30 BST, 12:30 ET
TV: Sky Sports 1 (UK), NBCSN (US), check your country’s local listings here
Last season, the clubs split the series one apiece as each team won at home. Chelsea were triumphant 2-0 at Stamford Bridge while Newcastle were 2-1 victors at St James’. More interestingly, Newcastle have won the last three fixtures at their ground so the Blues will be eager to snap this bad streak.
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