LISTEN: Frank Lampard's Newcastle United press conference in full - discusses team news, racism, opposition and N'Golo Kante injury situation with France
Prior to the international break, Chelsea were on a good run of form - two wins on the bounce in the Premier League [Brighton and Southampton] and will be looking for their second home win of the season against Steve Bruce's Magpies in West London at the weekend.
Gaining momentum as cup competitions come into full swing for Frank Lampard and his men is crucial, and Newcastle seems the perfect opposition to continue the winning form.
Currently sitting in fifth, the Blues are 11 places ahead of their opponents at the weekend, with the Toon Army currently sat in the lower half of the table in 16th spot.
Frank Lampard's pre-match press conference against Newcastle United in full:
1. Team news
2. Opponents: Newcastle United
3. Bulgaria vs England racist incidents
4. Similarities with Mason Mount
5. N'Golo Kante France inclusion despite being unfit
6. What is needed against Newcastle United
7. International break
8. Under-21 game time increased in Premier League
Chelsea regrouped this week as the squad came back together after the international break, and will be hoping to continue their form prior to the week break from domestic football.
Frank Lampard has nearly all of his squad available at his disposal but with N'Golo Kante, Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger absent, here is how the Blues could line-up on Saturday afternoon at Stamford Bridge against Newcastle United.
Predicted Chelsea XI vs Newcastle United: Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta (c), Tomori, Zouma, Alonso; Jorginho, Kovacic, Mount; Willian, Hudson-Odoi, Abraham.