Match Preview: Chelsea vs Newcastle United - Team news, form, head-to-head and prediction

Matt Debono

Frank Lampard's side currently sit in fifth spot whilst the Toon are back down in 16th. 

Last time out, Chelsea secured a 4-1 victory against Southampton at St. Mary's prior to the international break. Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, N'Golo Kante and Michy Batshuayi all on the scoresheet that day in a phenomenal performance for Frank Lampard's side. 

Whilst Steve Bruce's side also had a magnificent result at the hands of Manchester United. An excellent strike from Matthew Longstaff bagged the victory for the Toon, which recorded their second win of the Premier League season. 

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Chelsea celebrating on the south coast after scoring four past Southampton in a near-perfect away performance. Chelsea FC

The last time the sides met was back in January at Stamford Bridge - with Chelsea beating the Magpies 2-1, courtesy of goals from Pedro and Willian. 

Team News

Frank Lampard would have been concerned whilst keeping track of his players' fitness on international duty after several members of his squad picked up injuries. 

Andreas Christensen and N'Golo Kante, two casualties of the international break, are both out with injuries. 

Meanwhile, Mateo Kovacic is racing to be fit to start after he was forced off for Croatia against Wales. 

Antonio Rudiger isn't yet match fit, and therefore won't be risked until his match sharpness is built on. Emerson Palmieri is not expected to be back until the trip to Ajax in the Champions League next week. 

Prediction

If Chelsea and Frank Lampard get complacent on Saturday thinking three points are already in the bag before a ball has been won, they could come out pointless.

They'll have to be on top form, Newcastle are no push over this season. The Magpies have already secured big scalps this season - Manchester United the latest side, but Steve Bruce's side also beat Tottenham at White Hart Lane earlier on this season. 

But with the form in which the Blues are in, having the top goalscorer in the league, they should prove just too much for Newcastle. 

Prediction: Chelsea 3-1 Newcastle United

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