Frank Lampard will have some work to do building up his players after their 4-1 away thrashing at the hands of Manchester United. They came away from that fixture with 59% of the possession and clocked up 13 attempts on goal with 5 on target. By comparison, Manchester United managed 18 attempts on goal, with 9 on target.
Lampard will be closely scrutinising his squad's defensive frailties, his back line having shipped 13 goals in their last 6 matches, despite having picked up some points through the 7 goals they've managed to net. Of their last 6 games played at home, they've have been unable to score in 3 games and only kept 1 clean sheet.
A home win for Chelsea is just a distant memory, having not won at Stamford Bridge in 6 games.
Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe will be looking for a better result in this game following a disappointing 0-0 draw in his team's last league outing against Leicester City. Their share of possession in that meeting was 78%, while racking up 23 shots along the way, 4 of which were on target. Leicester City had 1 shots on goal with 1 on target.
While they have been strong in attack with 13 goals scored in their last 6 games, their defence has let them down slightly, by conceeding 7 at the other end which has led to points being dropped. They have scored in 5 of their last 6 away games, but they have failed to keep a clean sheet in 5 of their last 6 games overall.
They have had a strong run of away form recently, being undefeated in 5 of their last 6 games on the road and picking up 4 wins along the way.
With 7 goals scored in Newcastle United's last 6 outings in the league, Callum Wilson has shown a great run of form in finding the back of the net.
Chelsea vs Newcastle United Head to head
Chelsea suffered the disappointment of a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Newcastle United the last time they met in the league.
The Magpies defence has struggled at Stamford Bridge, having conceded 1 or more goals in each of their last 9 visits. During the last 3 times these two teams have met in the league at Stamford Bridge, The Magpies have been unable to break through the Chelsea defence and find the back of the net. Newcastle have struggled to break down The Blues defence in their past encounters having only managed to find the back of the net 1 time in their last 5 meetings.
Chelsea have dominated this home fixture in the past, winning the last 9 times in a row that they have played Newcastle at home in the league.
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has some team selection issues to consider ahead of this match. Benoît Badiashile (Groin), Nathan Baxter (Ankle), Marcus Bettinelli (Unknown), Armando Broja (Knee), Ben Chilwell (Hamstring), Marc Cucurella (Strain), Reece James (Hamstring), N'Golo Kanté (Muscle), Noni Madueke (Ankle) and Mason Mount (Hip) are all currently out of contention for this game.
Newcastle United Team News
Eddie Howe has a number of injury concerns in his Newcastle squad to contend with: Joelinton Apolinário Lima (Muscle), Ryan Fraser (Lack of fitness), Emil Krafth (Ligament), Jamaal Lascelles (Calf), Matty Longstaff (Bruised foot), Nick Pope (Hand), Matt Ritchie (Knee) and Joe Willock (Hamstring)
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