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.
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