After the shock of the Wigan defeat on Saturday most Newcastle fans would settle for a point tonight at Stamford bridge.
But Alan Pardew has said today that Newcastle will be going for the win, in an attempt to get into 4th place by the end of the season and potentially qualify for the Champions league, and have Newcastle in the big money next season.
Sylvain Marveaux and Gabby Obertan are fit again, and according to the Newcastle manager this morning, they will be both be on the bench tonight.
But with going six wins on the trot before Saturday’s disaster at the DW Stadium, we think Alan Pardew will start the same side he started at Wigan, and which has done so well for Newcastle lately.
The lads will be given a chance to redeem themselves, and the bench should also be really strong, in case they are needed.
Danny Simpson is expected to be fit to start in his usual right back position, and this is the side we think Newcastle will start tonight at Stamford Bridge:
Simpson Coloccini (c) Williamson Santon
Ben Arfa Cabaye Tiote Gutierrez
Subs: Elliot Perchinho Taylor (R) Obertan Marveaux Ameobi (Sh) Best
No place on the bench tonight for Dan Gosling, Danny Guthrie or Shane Ferguson. Newcastle need to start solidly and stay solid, if they are to get anything out of tonight’s game against an in-form Chelsea side.
And they need to show what was missing badly from the performance in the first half on Saturday – passion and intensity. This game is really all about bringing back the Geordie Pride to Newcastle – nothing less.
Chelsea manager Roberto Di Mateo has promised today to field a strong side for tonight, even though they will meet Liverpool at Wembley in the FA Cup Final on Saturday, less then 72 hours after this game tonight.
So we could see some top players playing both games for Chelsea, and we have to say that Roberto has done so very well since he took over the reigns at Chelsea, from Andre Villas-Boas in early March.
But we knew Roberto was a good manager at West Brom, when he went toe to toe with Chris Hughton and Newcastle, in the race for the Championship a couple of years ago.
A draw tonight would be a good result for the Magpies, and that would keep us one point above Chelsea in the league table.
A win would be unbelievable – an adjective that just about sums up Newcastle’s season.
Let us know what you think the result will be tonight, and even take a shot at what the score will be, if you want to be so bold.
We wont talk about any score – because it will have a bad impact on Newcastle – we know that. :D.
Howay The Lads!!