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How Will Newcastle Fare Against Chelsea On Saturday?

Newcastle played well at Stamford Bridge in October; however ultimately lost 1-0 on a late goal by Marcos Alonso. Chelsea will come to St James Park for the late game on Saturday, feeling confident of another victory.

They sit in fourth place and are unbeaten in their last three matches. However, Newcastle have rebounded a bit from the holiday schedule that saw them lose three straight games.

The Magpies played very well at Wolves last weekend despite suffering two early injuries, which has been a common theme over the past few weeks. Thankfully, several players have returned from injury, including two of our leaders in Jamaal Lascelles and Matt Ritchie.

Both Lascelles and Ritchie started in the FA Cup win on Tuesday and could again feature on Saturday. There’s also an outside chance that Allan Saint-Maximin can make the matchday squad.

Miguel Almiron has just exploded over the past month since grabbing his first Newcastle goal against Crystal Palace. The Paraguayan has scored in three straight matches after notching his fourth goal of the season on Tuesday.

Imagine having him in this form and Allan Saint-Maximin in the same team. This weekend may be too soon for that, but it’s certainly something to look forward to.

Newcastle can get a result on Saturday but it will be tough. With the outstanding Martin Dubravka in goal, he should be able to keep us in the game.

The lads must not revert to the defensive errors that plagued the holiday fixtures. If we can get some goals, keep our heads and shape at the back, and Martin Dubravka can continue his form, then there is a path to getting a result in this one.

How Will Newcastle Fare Against Chelsea On Saturday?

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13 comments so far

  • RobLeenio

    Jan 16, 2020 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #1

    67% of voters think we can win – nobody else vote, it’s looking proper rosy right now!


  • Geordie-john

    Jan 16, 2020 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #2

    Now that Joe from Linton has found the back of the net, I hope that it may continue along with Miggy and the return of St Maxi and Ritchie can only mean better more fluent attacking . Well done, I know it was only Rochdale but they are a good attacking team at times.

  • wartongeordie

    Jan 16, 2020 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #3

    Loved the goal celebrations with Joelinton and the coaching staff on Tuesday, will do him the world of good.
    As previously stated Miggy looks like he would run till he dropped for the team which these days is a real asset, he may not be world class but he tries his heart out each and every game and we can expect no more, what I did find really encouraging was the way he took the extra touch when scoring on Tuesday, something he would have rushed a few weeks ago, fancy a surprise win on Saturday?

  • Mindshaft

    Jan 16, 2020 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #4

    Rochdale are near the bottom of league 1 – Chelsea are 4th in prem – however still think we can win.

    The Bruce worst manager in EPL argument is clearly wrong – we’ve had recent managers that were a lot worse or at best on a similar level – McClaren, Carver, Shearer, Fat Sam, Kinnear, Ruud Gullit, Daglish, Ardiles to name a few

  • Mindshaft

    Jan 16, 2020 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #5

    And the EPL has had some truly terrible managers – I’d say Bruce is just an average manager who got lucky to get the toon job due to others ahead of him ( Rodgers, Arteta etc ) allegedly turning it down – given the list above I’d say he’s a perfect Ashley manager – Bruce is in a win win situation – he does well than all down to him, he does badly he can blame lack of investment from Ashley etc etc and take another job in Champo

  • RobLeenio

    Jan 16, 2020 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #6

    Mindshaft, bit harsh on Shearer that, he was given an impossible situation to rescue and then discarded when he inevitably failed.

    That said, in hindsight I’m quite pleased that he didn’t stick around to have his name forever sullied by association with this regime. I’m hoping that at some point we can get rid of the leech and that club legends like Shearer, Rob Lee, Shay Given, Steve Howey, Nobby Solano etc will feel able to connect with the club in some way again.

    It’s depressing how little effort the club makes to connect with its past.

  • toon kk

    Jan 16, 2020 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #7

    Against Chelsea we’ll be back down to earth with a bump!
    Was nice to seeing Richie back in our team the other night. Proved how far below Premier league standard we are, probably a decent championship squad. People can blame Bruce all they like but he’s doing his best with the players we have.
    Nice to see Joelinton score, his value must have gone up from 2 to 3 million. Our scouting needs a kick up the backside.

  • Mindshaft

    Jan 16, 2020 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #8

    RobLeenio – it was weird when Shearer took over, I went to the Chelsea game and was expecting a huge reception and a spirited performance from the team – got none of that and the team and his management style went downhill after that. Yes , he took over a malfunctioning team but he didn’t do anything to improve it and instead of a new manager bounce we just went from bad to worse – obviously Shearer did a lot for the toon and one of my favourite players but he was not cut out for management

  • Bring back benitez

    Jan 16, 2020 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #9

    Against Rochdale you can take an extra touch or sidefoot a goal. They are in the 3rd Division.

    Chelsea is a different story

  • Bring back benitez

    Jan 16, 2020 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #10

    Toon kk. I don’t think it’s Newcastle’s club scouts that found joelinton, although I could be wrong.

    Ashley went to Rafa to say he had joelinton lined up for £43mill.

  • martoon

    Jan 16, 2020 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #11

    I really hate the home Saturday evening 5:30 KO’s. Good for the TV viewer but cr*p for match-going fans. Cocks up your Saturday night and getting home on public transport afterwards is a nightmare.

  • Novocastrian66

    Jan 16, 2020 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #12

    Bruce is starting to find out what it is like to be the manager of Newcastle United.
    Potential signings to improve the team have obviously been identified. He is being fed the line that the club is trying to broker deals but unable to reach any agreement. Spinning plates is the new analogy. Sounds familiar. He has had a meeting with Ashley, no pizza this time just a cup of tea. He will have be given commitments that won’t be kept.
    Bruce is towing the party line at the moment; It’s a tough window, no-one else is signing anyone, clubs don’t want sell, we only want players better than we have. He’s trying to justify the club’s inactivity.
    We won’t sign anyone now. Presumably it is easier to sign players in the summer, but he, we, will be fed the same shit.
    Bruce might begin to wake up.

  • JohnJ

    Jan 16, 2020 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #13


    Jan 16, 2020 at 10:34 AM
    Comment #4

    Steve Bruce

    Better than McClaren, Carver, Kinnear, Ruud Gullit, Daglish, Ardiles.

    On a par with Fat Sam!

    Shearer, Sadly never given a real chance by Mr Ashley to show what he could do!

    Keegan, Sir Bobby & Rafa – were/are definitely better!


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