Match Preview: Chelsea vs Newcastle United
It's the return of the FA Cup this weekend as Chelsea await Newcastle United in the fourth round at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon.
Back to back cup ties for Chelsea as they were knocked out of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday to Arsenal, as the Gunners fought back from a losing position to book their place at Wembley next month.
Meanwhile Newcastle were beaten by league leaders Manchester City last Saturday as Guardiola's side fired three past the Magpies to extend their lead at the top.
The last time these two sides met was back in December when Chelsea beat Benitez' side 3-1, courtesy of a Eden Hazard brace.
Chelsea will continue to be without some key men for Sunday's cup tie after Antonio Conte confirmed in his pre-match press conference ahead of the game.
Thibaut Courtois and Alvaro Morata are definitely out through ankle and back injuries respectively. Willian is also out for the Blues as Conte couldn't confirm when the Brazilian would return to the side.
Better news for the home side as Cesc Fabregas could feature as Conte declared that he will check on his condition prior to the game, but all in all, its positive news regarding the Spaniard.
Ross Barkley could also feature after making his debut for the Blues in the 2-1 defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates on Wednesday evening.
Rafa Benitez will be looking to make changes as he returns once again to Stamford Bridge after a hostile spell in charge of the club.
Chelsea didn't look up for it against Arsenal in the semi-final on Wednesday and ultimately paid the price for it, despite going to the one goal up early on.
Tired legs proved costly as the Blues' packed schedule took its toll and Antonio Conte and his players will be looking for an instant response against the Magpies. With several injuries, rotation will be required for the Italian. Newcastle will also be making changes according to Benitez.
Chelsea have only the FA Cup left this season, as the Premier League and Champions League are very unlikely for the Blues. After losing to London rivals and getting beaten in a semi-final, the home side can't afford anything but a win.
Prediction: Chelsea 2-1 Newcastle United