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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(43) 23 Goals 46 (72)
(23) 10 Assists 28 (50)
(6.6) 6.8 Average Ratings 6.9 (6.8)
31 Average Age 31.6
181.9 Average Height (cm) 182.4
(1.1) 1.1 Shots pg 1.4 (1.2)
(49%) 45% Aerial Duel Success 54% (51%)
(0.8) 0.8 Dribbles pg 0.6 (0.4)
(1.9) 1.3 Tackles pg 1.2 (1.7)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in Premier League.

Missing Players

Player Reason Status Rating
Hatem Ben Arfa Out 7.04
Dan Gosling Out 6.07
Haris Vuckic Out N/A
Ryan Taylor Out 6.51
Danny Simpson Out 6.55
Sylvain Marveaux Doubtful 6.67
Cheick Tioté Out 6.85
Player Reason Status Rating
Oriol Romeu Out 6.49
Eden Hazard Out 7.33
Juan Mata Doubtful 7.28
Petr Cech Doubtful 6.91
David Luiz Doubtful 7.21
John Obi Mikel Out 6.75
Victor Moses Out 6.56

Team News

  • After the success at Villa Park in the week, Alan Pardew could stick with the same lineup that he fielded for that game.
  • Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa may start in a Newcastle shirt for the first time, though, taking Steven Taylor's place in the back four, having come off the bench on Tuesday.
  • Moussa Sissoko impressed on his debut, setting up the opening goal with a through ball for Papiss Demba Cisse, and he should play in front of Perch and Cabaye in central midfield, with Yoann Gouffran out wide once again.
  • Sylvain Marveaux's foot injury is not as bad as first feared and he should be available.
  • Juan Mata was forced off against Reading with an ankle injury and will be assessed ahead of the trip to Newcastle this weekend.
  • With Eden Hazard still suspended the Blues will need Mata more than ever and will do their utmost to make sure he plays.
  • Petr Cech is unlikely to return from a calf injury in time to play so Ross Turnbull will remain between the posts, while Demba Ba could come in for Torres up front to face his old club.


  • Newcastle won away from home for the first time in 18 attempts in all competitions this season with victory at Villa Park this week, and return to home soil where they have a significantly better record, with 5 wins from 12 Premier League games.
  • Chelsea's draw at Reading came as a complete surprise, especially as they were 2 goals up in the final 5 minutes of the match and well on course to record their 5th straight victory on the road. However, Reading came back and yet more questions have been asked of Rafa Benitez as manager.
  • Chelsea have done better under Benitez without the pressure put on them by their home fans and may be glad to be playing away from home again. However, Newcastle have new signings that have boosted their confidence and Chelsea have absentees that will do nothing for theirs. A score draw could be on the cards.
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User Predictions

Comments (8)

  • Hahahahahaha Benitez

  • What is benitez's excuse now?He wanted a red and penalty.What real difference would that make...?Chelsea were 2-1 up at one stage,and could not hold on.Is he trying to say..we cannot win a match unless our opponents are reduced to 10 men?All our defenders cannot suddenly become bad players...as they looked at Newcastle..Maybe we should consider klismann if jose is not interested.There is no way...we are finishing in the top 4 with benitez.He could not explain our defeat,when asked at the press conference.So I ask...Why is he still in the job,when he admits,he does not know what next to do.When his record is clearly getting worse than Roberto di matteo's?Why is he still chelsea boss,when the fans do not want him,because he has cost us three trophies already?He can talk tough as much as he likes...the bottom line is that we are heamorraging points with a squad that should truly be challenging for the title.Recall lukaku now...place Emenalo in charge and drop Torres to mid field .Rafa out

  • rafaout

  • boring 1-1

  • 1-3 blues

  • I expect a scrappy first half..considering benitez's strategy is always to create chances,and Newcastle would not let them...I find it funny that he likes to blame chelsea's losses on missed goal chances by the midfielders.In two of our games,we have squandered two goal leads.I would think ...the defenders should be blamed.Benitez should take responsiblity as well.A good strategy creates lots of chances for the forwards.How many chances did Torres get...?When our talented midfielders create chances for themselves..I do not think benitez's tactics should take credit for those chances.And he certainly should not blame them for missing a fraction of those chances.I defy anyone to describe to me what benitez,s tactics is all about from the few games he has been in charge.Is it through the wings?Is it through the middle?Is it a gentle build up from the back...until an opening is created?Is it the well tested long-ball?How can you have a potent attacking force and still lack bite?Bad tactics

  • for how long Hazard is suspended?

  • Chelsea should win this one especially after another upset, first with QPR now Reading. Up till now I thought football is unpredictable but it turns out there is always a doggy side to it only well hidden. I have never understood how could soldier who risks his life in Afganistan or Iraq earn £16 000p/y where this running scums earn millions have beautiful houses cars and useless wifes with big boobs but they still can not deliver losing with teams from bottom table or allowing two goals in the last 5 minutes??? And of course manager is always to blame, come on are they 5 years old and learning first time how to kick the ball. ////////Just wanted to say i totally disagree with this prediction, unless D.Ba in the way of thanking to Newcastle wont score any goal or better--> score own goal. Totally crap football from Chelsea.