This is the team we predict Steve Bruce will select for this afternoon’s match against Chelsea. It has five changes from the win against Rochdale.
Hopefully, Steve Bruce will tread lightly with Allan Saint-Maximin and Fabian Schar for this match despite their being available. Last weekend at Wolves, Dwight Gayle and Paul Dummett came back after suffering muscle injuries and are now likely out until March.
Bruce can still field a very strong team even without the two superstars and still have Saint-Maximin in reserve for a second-half cameo.
There are still six players ruled out with a question mark over Andy Carroll, but the injury situation is looking a lot better than a few weeks ago.
Chelsea will make late decisions on both Marcos Alonso and N’Golo Kante who are suffering from knocks.
Javier Manquillo – hamstring, Yoshinori Muto – hip, Dwight Gayle – groin, Paul Dummett – hamstring, Ki Sung-yueng – undisclosed, DeAndre Yedlin – knee, Andy Carroll – undisclosed (late fitness test)
Christian Pulisic – groin, Marko van Ginkel – knee, Ruben Loftus-Cheek – Achilles, Marcos Alonso – back (late fitness test), N’Golo Kante – hamstring (late fitness test)
Newcastle fans are quite confident going into this match, according to our poll. A majority of readers are predicting a good result of either a win or a draw.
While 37% have picked Newcastle to come up short, 36% of voters think we’ll come away with all three points. That would be an outstanding result against the Blues.
The lads played well at Stamford Bridge in October, losing on a late goal from Alonso. So maybe we can return the favor at St James Park.
How Will Newcastle Fare Against Chelsea On Saturday?
- Loss (37%, 924 )
- Win (36%, 901 )
- Draw (27%, 683 )
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