Newcastle United will have a good chance of taking points from Chelsea today and even end their hopes of winning the Premier League for a third time.
Newcastle are in good form and are unbeaten in their last 7 league games and they have won their last 3 home games without conceding a goal.
Today’s game will be a good test for Newcastle United against an in-form Chelsea team, who only last Wednesday pulled off a wonderful gutsy win against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge, which was a credit to football – and Ebnglish football in particular.
That win takes Chelsea to the European Champions League Final for the first time, against Man United, in the first ever all English final.
In fact the two English teams eliminated this season, Arsenal and Liverpool, were only beaten by other English teams, which just about sums up why the Premier league is easily the best in the world right now.
Make no mistake, Chelsea will be desperate to win the game today, and keep their chances alive for the last league game of the season, which all take place next Sunday with games kicking off at 3:00 pm.
If Chelsea can win and still be level on points with the Red Devils they will meet Bolton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge, while Man United on paper have have a tougher game against Wigan away.
Chelsea are in good form and are unbeaten in their last 7 games in all competitions, and are also unbeaten in their last 19 Premier League games. What do we take from these stats?
Looks like itâ€™s time Chelsea were beaten in the league – of course. 😀
Chelsea are also unbeaten in their last 9 away games so they are definitely an in-form team.
But in their last 5 league games at St. Jamesâ€™ Park they have not won, and Newcastle usually do very well against the Blues with this regular end of the season fixture at St. James’ Park.
We expect Chelsea to know all about Newcastle’s recent good form because there is no doubt that our boys will be ready for this game, and Keegan is usually a master at getting the team ready for a big game. On the other hand, Chelsea have had big games all season and have done very well under Avram Grant.
We expect Newcastle to field the same team that drew with West Ham 2-2 last time out with Faye coming in at center-back for young David Edgar, who has not been able to train this week.
Mark Viduka has been struggling with an Achilles injury, but is expected to be fit enough to take his place in the side.
Beye Taylor Faye Enrique
Geremi Barton Butt
Owen (c) Viduka Martins
Subs: Forster Diatta Emre Milner Smith
There probably will be no room on the bench for Damien Duff, Charles N’Zogbia or Claudio Cacapa.
Chelsea won rather fortunately in the game at Stamford Bridge earlier in the season, with a late goal from Kalou, after Newcastle had fought back to 1-1. The Magpies played really well in that game, under then manager Sam Allardyce, and were a but unlucky to lose.
Chelsea will have a fully-fit squad to choose from.
The game will be a stiff test for our midfield three of Geremi, Butt and Barton and also our back four. But we also expect Newcastle to attack Chelsea, but it would appear the midfield holds the key to the game.
Chelseaâ€™s only concern is a slight leg injury that German Michael Ballack picked up last Wednesday against Liverpool, but the midfielder is expected to be fit for this vitally important league game.
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