Luuk de Jong makes his first start for Newcastle at Stamford Bridge this afternoon, as expected, and local lads Paul Dummett and Sammy Ameobi also get starts today.
Luuk de Jong – starts for Newcastle
And left back Davide Santon keeps his place in spite of a nightmare game against Sunderland last week, and young Sammy Ameobi is also in the starting line-up.
But it looks like Paul Dummett is at left back, and Davide Santon may be playing defensive midfield with Vurnon Anita, in a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Luuk up front and Ben Arfa Moussa Sissoko and Sammy the midfield three.
Dan Gosling and 16 year-old local lad Adam Armstrong are both on the bench, and it seems that Davide Santon has been preferred to Gosling in central midfield.
For Chelsea, former Newcastle striker Demba Ba is on the bench with Samuel Eto’o up front.
Newcastle need to give a good account of themselves in this game, after last week’s disastrous home loss to Sunderland.
Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Petr Cech; Branislav Ivanovic, Gary Cahill, David Luiz, Cesar Azpilicueta; Nemanja Matic, Frank Lampard (c); Willian, Oscar, Eden Hazard; Samuel Eto’o.
Substitutes: Mark Schwarzer, Ashley Cole, John Mikel Obi, Ramires, Andre Schurrle, Mohamed Salah, Demba Ba
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Steven Taylor, Paul Dummett; Vurnon Anita, Davide Santon; Hatem Ben Arfa, Moussa Sissoko (c), Sammy Ameobi; Luuk de Jong
Substitutes: Rob Elliot, Massadio Haidara, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Dan Gosling, Sylvain Marveaux, Shola Ameobi, Adam Armstrong
Referee: Howard Webb (Yorkshire)