We could have as many as seven changes from the team that lost to Leicester City in the third round of the FA Cup last Saturday.
Fabricio Coloccini should return at Chelsea
And caretaker manager John Carver took some time out at the beginning of his press conference on Thursday, to say it was the Newcastle Doctor who ruled out the players who did not appear for Newcastle last Saturday.
The team really surprised and angered Newcastle fans, who were expecting a strong side to be fielded because that’s what John had said the day before the game.
However, we do expect those four top players who were absent – Fabricio Coloccini, Daryl Janmaat, Jack Colback and Moussa Sissoko to be back in the starting line up at Chelsea.
And it will be good to have Tom Krul back in goal and Ayoze Perez will also return after he was rested by Carver last Saturday.
Cheick Tiote and Papiss Cisse are off to the African Cup of Nations and could be out until mid-February.
So this is the side we think John Carver could feld on Saturday at Stamford Bridge.
Janmaat Dummett Coloccini (c) Santon
Colback Sissoko Anita
Cabella Riviere Perez
Subs: Alnwick Haidara Williamson Vuckic Armstrong Roberts Gouffran
That’s seven changes to the side that started the game last Saturday at Filbert Street and lost 1-0.
We think Paul Dummett could get the start at Stamford Bridge at center-back, with Mike Williamson being off form at the moment, and we could see Davide Santon start at left back, and preferred by Carver to Frenchman Massadio Haidara.
What team would you put out on Saturday?
The players have nothing to lose at Chelsea, because there are not many fans expecting other than a defeat.
A massive 83% think we will lose this game.
It will be a huge surprise if we get anything out this game – but you never know …..
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