Chelsea XI vs Newcastle United: Mudryk returns in a 4-2-3-1

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Chelsea is set to face Newcastle United in their upcoming fixture prior to the international break, seeking redemption following a lackluster 2-2 draw against Brentford. Manager Mauricio Pochettino is determined to steer his team to victory before the hiatus, despite contending with a few injuries that are expected to prompt changes in the starting lineup. Here is our anticipated XI for the upcoming match:

Goalkeeper: Djordje Petrovic
Djordje Petrovic, the Serbian shot-stopper, has firmly established himself as Chelsea's primary goalkeeper. Renowned for his adept ball-handling skills and authoritative presence in the box, Petrovic has consistently made pivotal saves to keep Chelsea competitive in recent encounters. Barring any unforeseen injuries, Petrovic is the undisputed first choice between the posts.

Right-back: Malo Gusto
Malo Gusto, an integral figure in CFC’s lineup, stands out as one of the team's most formidable players. The nimble and sharp French defender is known for his clinical crossing ability and dynamic runs along the right flank. Gusto is expected to reclaim his spot in the starting lineup for the upcoming match.

Centre-back: Axel Disasi
Since his debut, Axel Disasi has showcased steady improvement throughout the season, establishing himself as a promising talent for the West London club. While inconsistencies persist in his performances, Disasi remains the preferred choice for the center-back position.

Centre-back: Trevoh Chalobah
With Levi Colwill sidelined due to injury and Thiago Silva easing back into the squad, Trevoh Chalobah, having enjoyed a consistent run of games, is poised to start in the upcoming clash.

Left-back: Alfie Gilchrist
Following Ben Chilwell's knee injury and Marc Cucurella's return from an extended absence, Alfie Gilchrist emerges as the natural choice for the left-back position, unless Pochettino opts for a tactical reshuffle involving Malo Gusto on the left and Gilchrist on the right.

Centre midfielder: Moises Caicedo
Moises Caicedo, having settled into the squad, fulfills a crucial role in breaking up opposition plays and facilitating quick transitions in the game. He remains a pivotal component in Chelsea's midfield lineup.

Centre midfielder: Enzo Fernandez
Partnering with Caicedo in the midfield pivot, Enzo Fernandez contributes to a formidable pairing, adept at threading quick passes and navigating tight spaces. Their synergy enhances Chelsea's midfield dynamics.

Centre attacking midfielder: Cole Palmer
Regarded as Chelsea's signing of the season, Cole Palmer's versatility enables him to operate across the frontline. With Conor Gallagher unavailable due to illness, Palmer is expected to seamlessly fill the void, demonstrating his adaptability.

Right wing: Raheem Sterling
As Chelsea's second most experienced player, Raheem Sterling shoulders the responsibility of spearheading attacks down the wings. Known for creating chances and scoring goals, Sterling is expected to deliver in the upcoming match against Newcastle United.

Left wing: Mykhailo Mudryk
Ukrainian winger Mykhailo Mudryk, though yet to fully realize his potential, has made significant contributions in various competitions. Based on recent performances, including a late equalizer in the EFL Cup quarter-finals and a pivotal goal against Leeds in the FA Cup, Mudryk is expected to start.

Striker: Nicolas Jackson
Having returned from the African Cup of Nations, the Senegalese striker has been in decent form, Nicolas Jackson is the primary striking option for Chelsea. While his finishing has shown improvement, Jackson, with no other striker available, is set to spearhead Chelsea's attack.

This encounter marks the third meeting between the sides this season, with the Blues securing victory in the EFL Cup tie on penalties and suffering a 4-1 defeat at the hands of the Magpies in the league. A win for Chelsea would bring them within a point of Newcastle in the standings. The Blues are favourites to win the game as per Opta Analyst.