Chelsea vs Newcastle: A Look Ahead, Team Updates, and Kickoff Details

Chelsea Set to Clash with Newcastle in Premier League Showdown

Chelsea is gearing up to face off against Newcastle in a crucial English Premier League match on Monday. Sitting 11th on the league standings, the Blues have had a challenging season, failing to meet expectations set for them. In their recent outing, they were held to a disappointing 2-2 draw against Brentford, and now they are determined to bounce back and secure a much-needed victory.

Newcastle, currently placed ninth on the log, has had its share of ups and downs this season, showing inconsistency in their performance. However, they are coming into this match with confidence after a convincing 3-0 win against Wolverhampton Wanderers last week.

#### Chelsea vs Newcastle: Key Statistics
– Chelsea has historically dominated matches against Newcastle United, winning 79 out of the 175 encounters between the two teams, compared to Newcastle United’s 56 victories.
– The Blues have a strong home record against Newcastle, having lost only one of their last 28 home matches against them in the Premier League.
– Newcastle United won the reverse fixture at St. James’ Park earlier this season with a 4-1 scoreline, aiming to achieve a league double over Chelsea for the first time since the 1986-87 season.
– This will be only the fourth time since 1997 that Chelsea starts a match against Newcastle United while being below them in the Premier League standings.
– Newcastle United has struggled defensively this season, conceding 45 goals, which is 26 more than they had conceded at the same stage last season.

### Chelsea Team News
Chelsea continues to grapple with injuries, with Levi Colwill and Ben Chilwell ruled out for the season. Conor Gallagher has also missed training due to a virus. However, there is some hope with Thiago Silva and Marc Cucurella potentially returning to the squad.

In midfield, Cesare Casadei and Jimi Turiainen might step in to ease the workload on the regular midfielders. Manager Thomas Tuchel is likely to switch back to a back four formation after experimenting with a back three against Brentford.

Axel Disasi’s late equalizer against Brentford showcased Chelsea’s strength in set-piece situations, and they will look to capitalize on such opportunities.

### Newcastle Team News
Newcastle could see the return of Matt Targett and Elliot Anderson to the squad, but key players Joelinton, Nick Pope, Callum Wilson, and captain Kieran Trippier remain sidelined. Lewis Hall is ineligible to play against his parent club as he is on loan from Chelsea.

Tino Livramento, another Chelsea academy graduate, is expected to fill in for the injured Hall. Livramento made an impact coming off the bench in their previous match, scoring against Wolves.

Despite some defensive absences, Newcastle will aim to maintain their recent good form, especially after a run of three wins and one loss in their last six games.

### Chelsea vs Newcastle: Kickoff Time and Venue
The match is set to take place at Chelsea’s home ground, Stamford Bridge, with kickoff scheduled for 9:00 PM Nigeria time. Football fans are eagerly anticipating this clash between two teams looking to secure valuable points in the Premier League table. It promises to be an exciting and intense battle on the field as both sides vie for victory.

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