Chelsea and Newcastle United come face to face at Stamford Bridge after both sides secured good results in their first Premier League games of the season.
Two back-to-back victories in the first two games of the season have put Chelsea on top of the Premier League table for the first time since November 2010. The Blues will certainly be delighted with their results against Wigan Athletic and Reading, even though they had to put up quite a fight against the latter.
After securing an easy 2-0 victory against Wigan in their first game, Chelsea had a somewhat tough time against Reading, who proved to be quite a handful. Despite finally winning the game with a comfortable 4-2 margin, Chelsea were given a run for their money in the first half.
Although Chelsea struck early through a Frank Lampard penalty, the Royals started dominating the game and soon enough they equalised through a brilliant header by striker Pavel Pogrebnyak. Chelsea veteran Petr Cech then made a rare fumble to give Reading their second goal.
However, Roberto Di Matteo's men finally put their act together in the second half, with Gary Cahill, Fernando Torres and Branislav Ivanovic registering their names in the score sheet.
Eden Hazard again showed his class by making some tricky runs and winning yet another penalty for Chelsea. He is widely believed to have been the Blues' best player this season, having claimed three assists and won two penalties. However the real test now awaits for Hazard and the Blues, as they prepare to face a strong Magpies squad.
Newcastle United will also be very pleased after a 2-1 victory against Tottenham Hotspur in their first Premier League game of the season.
The Magpies seem set to continue the excellent form that saw them finish above Chelsea in the Premier League last season. However, they were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw in their Europa League qualifying game first leg against Greek side Atromitos.
Although many pundits have suggested that, with their UEFA Cup commitments, Newcastle may find it hard to cope with their hectic match schedule, goalkeeper Tim Krul says that his team is dealing with the pressure very well.
"It's an important week, you can't just let it go because then you're running behind. It's tough, but I think we have so much confidence in this team now we don't fear anybody," the BBC quoted Krul as saying.
The 24 year old Dutchman is hopeful that Newcastle will be able to replicate the stunning Premier League start they made last season, when they were unbeaten in the first eleven games.
"It was so important, it gives us such confidence - winning against Spurs and Demba [Ba] on the scoresheet, what more do you want? If you look at our strikers, they can just change games - it's the same story as last season and hopefully I'll keep saying that," he added.
Team News and Tactics:
Brazilian defender David Luiz, who missed out Chelsea's last game against Reading, is doubtful for this game as he is still recovering from a knee injury. Gary Cahill, who replaced Luiz in the last game, will be probably doing the same this time if the Brazilian is again ruled out.
German international Marko Marin, on the other hand, who is still suffering from a hamstring injury, is expected to be back in September. Apart from this the Blues have no injury concerns.
The Blues will most probably be going with the same squad they used for the first two games, especially after some good performances by Eden Hazard, Juan Mata and Fernando Torres in the last game. However, Di Matteo may opt to go with Oscar following Ramires's disappointing performance against Reading.
Meanwhile, Newcastle will be without brothers Shola and Sammy Ameobi, who are both suffering from hamstring problems. However, Cheick Tiote, Demba Ba and Fabricio Coloccini, who missed out Newcastle's Europa League qualifiers against Atromitos, are expected to be fit for this game.
The Magpies are most likely to go with a 4-4-2 (with Ba and Cisse up front) formation as they did against Tottenham. However, they may be changing it to 4-3-3 (with Ben Arfa moving forward) if they decide to attack.
Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Cole; Lampard, Mikel; Ramires, Mata, Hazard; Torres
Newcastle (4-4-2): Krul; Simpson, Coloccini, S Taylor, Santon; Ben Arfa, Tiote, Cabaye, Gutierrez; Ba, Cisse
Where to Watch Live:
You can follow the game live from 5.30pm BST on ESPN HD.