James Perch will start at right-back for Newcastle tonight, as it seems Danny Simpson has failed a fitness test.
It was expected that Danny would have recovered form his ankle knock but it was not to be, and James Perch gets the nod over Ryan Taylor, and makes a start at right back – the position he held at the start of last season.
As expected the rest of the Newcastle side is unchanged from that which started at Wigan.
Gabby Obertan and Sylvain Marveaux are back from injury, and return to the bench for tonight’s important game, and 20 year-old Shane Ferguson keeps his place on the bench, and could even see some action tonight at Stamford Bridge.
Newcastle will get a big chance to redeem themselves for the hiccup at the DW Stadium on Saturday, and anything but a defeat, will be a good result for the Magpies.
Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo starts John Terry and Fernando Torres, in what is a strong looking Chelsea side.
Michael Essien, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba are on the bench for the Blues.
Chelsea: (4-2-3-1): Petr Cech; Jose Bosingwa, Branislav Ivanovic, John Terry (c), Ryan Bertrand; John Mikel Obi, Raul Meireles; Ramires, Florent Malouda, Daniel Sturridge; Fernando Torres
Subs: Ross Turnbull, Ashley Cole, Michael Essien, Frank Lampard, Juan Mata, Salomon Kalou, Didier Drogba.
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul; James Perch, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon: Cheick Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez; Hatem Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba; Papiss Cisse
Substitutes: Rob Elliot, Shane Ferguson, Ryan Taylor, Dan Gosling, Gabriel Obertan, Sylvain Marveaux, Shola Ameobi