Newcastle United v Chelsea
Premier League, 2015-16
Date: Saturday, 26 September, 2015
Time: 17:30 BST
Venue: St James’ Park, Newcastle United
Where to watch: Sky Sports 1
The pressure is on Newcastle manager Steve McClaren, who is without a win in the league this season. So far, the only positive for the Magpies has been walking away with a point against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
The other one has been their only victory in all competitions, which came in the second round against Northampton Town. However, that did not help them as the Tyneside club were knocked out of the competition after a 1-0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday.
Earlier, we came up with a piece how things are not as expected at St James’ Park and McClaren could be the first manager to sacked in the Premier League this season.
Three wins in three competitions and that too in a matter of one week has changed things around at Chelsea. This includes a 2-0 victory over Arsenal, despite the controversies catching the headlines than the result.
Jose Mourinho is without a win against Newcastle in his managerial career. The former Real Madrid manager will be hoping to things around when the English champions face them this weekend.
McClaren has no injury worries and striker Aleksandar Mitrović could return to action after serving his three match ban.
Meanwhile, Chelsea will be without the services of star striker Diego Costa. The Brazil-born Spain international is serving his second of his three match ban. Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is still on the sidelines and will be out of action for Newcastle clash.
Possible Lineups: Newcastle United v Chelsea
Newcastle United: Krul; Janmaat, Mbemba, Coloccini, Haidara; Sissokp, Wiknaldum, Colback, Thauvin; De Jong, Perez
Chelsea: Begovic; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Pedro, Oscar, Hazard; Falcao
- Jose Mourinho has not managed to defeat Newcastle United in their own backyard in last two season. He has also not won a match at St James’ Park in his career.
- Newcastle United have won last three matches against Chelsea in the Premier League.
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