Predicted Chelsea XI to face Newcastle United in the Premier League

Matt Debono

Back from the international break, and Frank Lampard will be looking to form a winning run, having won their two previous Premier League games against Brighton and Southampton.

It’s been a solid start for Chelsea this term. A fresh approach has been welcomed, and has paid off with Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori and Tammy Abraham all becoming first-team regulars. 

#SOUCHE Mount, Abraham and CHO
Can the young trio continue to impress and help the Blues secure consecutive victories at home for the first time this season in the Premier League?Chelsea FC

They will be called upon again this weekend against Newcastle United, who are at the other end of the table struggling for points under Steve Bruce. 

Chelsea finally got on track against Brighton, securing their first home win the Premier League this season. 

Head coach Frank Lampard will be without Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rudiger and Emerson Palmieri at the back, which will the see the back four which started against Southampton continue. 

N’Golo Kante is also unavailable after he was withdrawn from the France side last week after he picked up a groin injury. 

Mateo Kovacic is racing to be fit for the Blues, with the club hoping he can make it back in time. 

Mateo Kovacic
Mateo Kovacic is against the clock to be declared fit in time for Saturday's clash against Newcastle United.PA Images

Ross Barkley continued his fine international form with a brace against Bulgaria on Monday, but it unlikely to be preferred over Mason Mount, and will have to sit on the bench, unless Mateo Kovacic isn't deemed fit enough to face the Magpies.

Tammy Abraham is undroppable with his form this season - eight league goals so far. 

Callum Hudson-Odoi and Willian look set to continue on the flanks, as Christian Pulisic will have to wait for his chance. 

Three points on Saturday will be huge for Frank Lampard and Chelsea in their quest for Champions League qualification come the end of the season, but Newcastle United won't be a walk in the park come the weekend.