Chelsea welcome Newcastle United to Stamford Bridge for a Premier League clash on Saturday.
Where to watch
Kick-off is for 3pm GMT. There is no Live TV or Radio coverage of this match in the UK. Catch the Highlights on Match of the Day on BBC One and BBC One HD.
Chelsea welcome Newcastle United to Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Both teams come into this game following a poor run of form in the Premier League.
The Blues will be seeking to avenge their early season defeat to the Magpies, when they ended their 21-match unbeaten run. The Stamford Bridge outfit were labeled champions-in-waiting after their early season form, but have hit a bump which has seen them fail to pick up a win in their last two fixtures, and are tied on points with title rivals Manchester City at the top of the table.
Jose Mourinho's men suffered a humiliating 5-3 defeats at the hands of Tottenham in their last Premier League fixture and the manager will be keen to wipe those memories with a victory over Newcastle United.
Meanwhile, the Magpies come into this game hoping to do the domestic double on the league leaders, whom they beat earlier in the season. But have won just one game since their famous victory over the title favourites.
Newcastle come into this game following a disappointing FA Cup loss to Leicester City and are yet to appoint a new manager following the departure of Alan Pardew to Crystal Palace.
John Carver, the assistant manager is in temporary charge of the club and will be tasked with the duty of preparing the team for the Stamford Bridge encounter. He will be without two key players, Cheick Tiote and Papiss Cisse, who have left for the Africa Cup of Nations.
What managers say
Jose Mourinho: "I was worried at half-time, the game was always under control but we weren't strong enough to score in terms of our attacking dynamic to score, and in these matches when you don't score you always have that risk."
John Carver: "I've got to use the victory at our place over Chelsea as a huge positive. We're going up against one of the best sides in the Premier League, if not in Europe. Jose Mourinho is one of the best managers as well and it will be great standing in the technical area next to him – hopefully he won't bully me."
Betting odds (bwin)
- Chelsea to win: 3/16
- Draw: 6
- Newcastle United to win: 16
- Injured: N/A
- Doubtful: N/A
- Suspended: N/A
Possible XI: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Fabregas, Matic; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Costa.
- Injured: Siem de Jong, Daryl Janmaat, Sammy Ameobi, Gabriel Obertan, Steven Taylor, Ryan Taylor.
- Doubtful: Tim Krul
- Suspended: N/A
Possible XI: Krul; Santon, Williamson, Coloccini, Dummett; Anita, Colback; Gouffran, Cabella, Sissoko; Perez.