Chelsea v Newcastle – Premier League match preview

Destination Chelsea.
Newcastle travel to Stamford Bridge tomorrow to play Chelsea in what promises to be a hard fought encounter.

Both teams will be looking to get one over on each other after Chelsea finished a place behind Newcastle last season and will be looking to avenge the 2-0 defeat we (and especially Papiss Cisse) inflicted upon them at Stamford Bridge all but ending any hopes of them pipping us in the league.

Staring off with the hosts in this preview, they go into the match on the back of two wins against Wigan and Reading with new addition to the squad Eden Hazard looking like he can do some serious damage in the league this season. With three assists to his name already this season he has shown what he is capable of, so our midfield will have to be compact in order to stop Hazard and try to put him under pressure as soon as he receives the ball.

But as we know Chelsea are full of stars all over the pitch, Juan Mata is another player who can do some damage on his day. Last season at St James’ Park he was arguably the best player on the pitch and was involved in everything Chelsea created going forward. Fernando Torres seems like he is finding his form again and will look to link up with his fellow countryman and continue his improvement in form and fortune.

But Newcastle look to be boosted by the return of Captain Coloccini after recovering from the thigh injury which kept him out of the season opener to Spurs. That should mean that Steven Taylor and Fabricio Coloccini will partner each other at the back which is the strongest pairing we can muster right now. Taylor looked comfortable against Spurs in what was his first competitive match since last November.

Chelsea are all too aware of what Newcastle have got to offer in the attacking aspect of the game, as they were given the honour of seeing goalscoring machine Papiss Cisse in full glory last season as he scored two wonder goals in the 2-0 win for Newcastle. John Terry and Gary Cahill could struggle to cope with the pace of Cisse and Ba tomorrow as neither are known for their pace.

In my opinion Chelsea will set up in attack mode and try and fly out the blocks whereas I think Newcastle will set up more cautiously and try to frustrate Chelsea.

I would think the teams will set out something like this

Chelsea (4-2-3-1):Petr Cech, Branislav Ivanovic, John Terry, Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole, John Obi Mikel, Frank Lampard, Juan Mata, Eden Hazard, Oscar, Fernando Torres

Newcastle (4-4-1-1): Tim Krul, Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon, Jonas Gutierrez, Yohan Cabaye, Cheik Tiote, Vurnon Anita, Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse

The emphasis is on Chelsea to take the game to Newcastle as they are the home team and have made huge additions to their squad in the summer, so the pressure in my opinion is off Newcastle, and as we know Alan Pardew will go with a fully detailed game plan which if the players stick to, can work in our favour.

The longer the game goes on without a goal the more inpatient Chelsea will get and then they will try to force a goal and that is when we can pounce and try to grab a goal on the break. Pardew will set us up to withstand the Chelsea pressure and play a counter attacking game, but Chelsea themselves proved that can work as they won the Champions League last season by doing exactly that.

I think the match is anyone’s to win but I do think it will be Chelsea doing most of the attacking and Newcastle just trying to frustrate them and hit them on the break. But in no way do I think we will go to Stamford Bridge and just park the bus and look for a draw, we will be looking to grab all three points and return to Tyneside in high spirits ahead of the 2nd leg of our Europa League tie with Atromitos.

Match stats and facts

Papiss Cisse has scored 13 goals in 15 Premier League games for Newcastle, but he has gone three games without a goal since netting a brace against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

There has been a 90th minute goal in each of the last three Premier League games between Chelsea and Newcastle.

Howay the lads!

Date: Saturday, 25th August, 2012

Time: 5:30pm – Live on ESPN

Venue: Stamford Bridge

50 thoughts on “Chelsea v Newcastle – Premier League match preview

  1. Chelsea have started strong this season, but I still don’t see Torres as a Drogba replacement. Hazard looks a good turn but likes to hit the deck abit too much for my liking – I’d have Jonas stuck to him like glue.
    Chelsea proved against Reading that there still haven’t addressed their defensive problems though and if Colo is in that should keep us fairly solid at the back and if we can get Benny and Ba plenty we have a chance.
    I can’t see it being wonder goal time again tho I’m afraid (ssssshh, hopefully Chelsea have forgot about that 😛 )

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  2. Connor who ever you are ❓ good game preview though I don’t know why you would leave our star player Benny out 😕 I also thought Colo and Tiote were still doubtful for tomorrow

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  3. Chelsea have really boosted numbers and Hazard looks a right handfull so I don’t expect much tommorow ,as long as we don’t get smashed that’s o.k. Truth is my expectations have diminished over last couple of weeks such is our lack of building on success of last season. Pity cause we gave some of the big boys a hell of a fright . Hope Cisse finds the net again and proves he’s still scoring for fun too . 😉

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  4. [email protected] Colo and Tiote having late fitness test tommorow.

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  5. I see Sunderland signing A Johnson. What I would give to have him on the left and HBA on the right!

    They Definately doing more business than us this year and with our smaller squad and harder work load we could (I say we could) be in a battle with them for league positions.

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    @Stuart79

    They haven’t got a goalscorer tho, have they? Saha?

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  7. Looking forward to the game tomorrow, should be a good match.
    Relishing the prospect of Tioté vs. Hazard, and indeed Ben Arfa up against their back line.

    Definitely goals in this one for us!

    As for Adam Johnson – wouldn’t be of any use to NUFC, as we already have Marveaux, Benny, Jonas, Gabby, Fergie.
    Wages far too high as well.

    £25m expenditure from SAFC on Fletch & Johnson (providing he goes) is a pretty decent gamble to take.

    I’m much happier the way we’re shaping up, on and off the pitch 😉

    Keep up the good work on here lads, and let’s hope for another win at the Bridge 🙂

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  8. DOOCEY nice to see you comment mate,hope things are going well for you,and agree on the two scum signings 😉

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  9. Seen Chelsea a few times in the preseason. With those new signings, they are a real menace on the counter attack.

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  10. Dave – wake up?! checking sod – I posted 1st and third on this one, just continued the other post it’ll you old boys caught up 😉
    By the way, I agree with you, I absolutely agree the board are devious enough to make things public to say we tried – it won’t make a blind bit of difference to me like, still say they are incompetent!!

    Ice – I replied to you on the last thread as well (oldies catching up) did you see it? 😛

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  11. Sharpy i’ll keep you right Lad 😉 as for Ice I try but his is an age thing 😀
    TGS hows it going Fella 😉

    I wonder if Moses will be playing 😕

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  12. SHARPY of coarse i saw your comment i miss nowt have to have eyes in the back of my heed when dave is about hes prone to mistakes 😀 😉

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  13. Just had a look on the ShedEnder Chelsea forum for their pre match stats.
    Last weekend Petre Cech made 10 saves against Wigan!!! and Terry and Ivanovic both made 6 clearences. 😯
    Talking about us one statistic that was highlighted by them was the fact that a certain Danny Simpson clocked the fastest speed of any Toon player at 22.5mph ,slightly slower than Bale at 22.6mph . Nice one Simmo . 😉

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  14. Mark Douglas [email protected]
    So #safc active today. My understanding now is #nufc will be too before deadline day. Busy week in prospect!

    Mark Douglas [email protected]
    To clarify, #nufc business would be incoming. Not sure about outgoings. Hopefully more in the coming days for the Journal…

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  15. Big Dave,
    Arrived yesterday, very hot so the bevvies are flowing in order to cool body and rehydrate. Will probably catch the match tomorrow depending on what time we go out for dinner.
    Ice,
    How you doing fella? Where’s Richie theses days?

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  16. CFCnet have also done a prematch write up too. They seem a little worried about our three frontmen and, well the rest of the team actually 😉 £70m spent and still apprehensive 🙄 😆

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  17. @TopTopPundit: SAFC complete £24m swoop for Adam Johnson and Steven Fletcher, despite late £86m bid from Kenny Dalglish’s nursing home.

    😆 😆 😆

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  18. 3hw @25 ,They probably just feeding Douglas a few scraps to keep him happy and the fans quiet. Can’t see much gonna happen tbh ,hope I’m wrong though.

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  19. [email protected] :lol Brilliant.

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    @TGS
    Will probably catch the match tomorrow depending on what time we go out for dinner.

    Eh? You work dinner roond the match man! Whats the matter with you?

    That would be my priority . 😯

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  21. Troysa,
    Staying in a 5 star hotel mate, only the best for me like 😛
    Rabble like you would not be welcome as you have to wear trousers for dinner and not the cropped pants and vest that I have seen you wear. Mind you it’s e5 a pint and e8 for a cocktail 👿

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  22. TGS shite thats dear but not to a money fellow like you 😀 heard you could buy the whole of greece for 200euro 😀 😀 😉

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  23. TGS – thank for letting us know mate, I’m at graft til 7 bells – just a cheeky 12hr shift for me tomorrow, but knowing you will be sat with the sun on your back, supping a nice cool drink and watching our lads kicking a couple of cockneys will really see me thru the day 😈 😥

    3HW – we shall see mate, we shall see.

    Ice – I’m not really bothered to be honest with you mate, if we do we do, if we don’t we don’t – que sera my friend 😎 😈

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    @TGS

    Howay man! You’re abroad and the toon are playing Chelsea on tv. . 😯

    If I was there I would be grabbing the locals and demanded they sit doon and watch the Toon! 😆

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  25. I would think we’d go with a 4-2-3-1. With Tiote and probably Jonas starting in defensive mid simply because they’ll be fresher. Then Benny, Cabaye, and Demba. If Cisse isn’t ready to start, I’d like to see Marveaux start out on the left.

    Chelsea definitely have enough players to make us worried, yet their defense, and even their keeper, are still prone to errors. Look for Ben Arfa and Ba skinning them all over the place

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  26. Adam Johnson is a good signing for Sunderland and it would be ridiculous to suggest otherwise. He would provide competition for our squad so he is definitely a step up for them.

    However, we just don’t need a player like that. If we were to sell Demba then yes, I would have liked Johnson, but it’s clear Ba isn’t going anywhere so Marveaux is enough competition for that LWF role.

    I still think we need to sign a CB, full-back and back-up striker though.

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  27. The kid – I would have loved to get Johnson but would have had him as competion on the right to rotate with Benny, coz I don’t see anyone providing that at the mo – certainly not Oba.
    That said, as good as he is, I think they have paid a wee bit too much for the lad like.
    Marv had an off day last night but will come good I’m sure.

    I agree with you that we are light of a CB, LB and CF tho. But I’ll be amazed if we get 3 in next week.

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  28. A 2.30am kick off again. How I hate them. So it means another all-nighter is looming for me. Still, can’t complain. 3 games to watch in one night; a feast after the off-season famine.

    I would imagine the same team as last week will start – with a swap of Colo for Perch – playing a similar system to the 2nd half of the Spurs game.

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  29. i’m amused at people’s general perception of Obertan and Marveaux given their respective performances on Thursday

    Yes, Obertan was comically bad for the first 30 or so mins… but did people not take note of the remaining 60? He was one of our best players

    Marveaux contributed far less and has an alarming habit of going missing during games.

    Sure, his injuries have held him back and it’s far too early to judge him…. but so far in their respective NUFC careers, Obertan has offered more than Marveaux

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    @M

    Marveaux was very quiet I thought but he’s had a long lay off so should get a bit of slack.

    I love 5.30pm kick offs. Sets the afternoon and evening up nicely.

    I will be watching with my friends, Stella and Carly Berg. 😉

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    Douglas may stay at FC Twente due to complications involved in the commissions his numerous agents will receive.

    Telegraaf newspaper reports that despite talks between the player’s agent, Newcastle and Fulham – a deal for the 24-year old is less than straightforward.

    The Brazilian has now spent five years in the Netherlands and was picked by new Dutch coach Louis Van Gaal for the national side’s preliminary squad earlier this week.

    We’re now told that Douglas’ contract gives a percentage of his transfer fee to two agents. These are Raymond van Lierop and Marcos Paulo. The clause relates to the time when Douglas moved from Brazil to the Netherlands. Furthermore, Douglas will also receive a percentage of the transfer fee which means that Twente look set to lose out on a third of the total fee.

    The newspaper adds that Steve McClaren doesn’t want the defender to leave. The clubs interested have also been put off by the multiple agents as Twente look to make their money before the player leaves on a free transfer at the end of next season.

    As things stand, there have been no concrete offers for Douglas but a Twente board member has confirmed that both Newcastle and Fulham are in talks.

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  32. [email protected], if Douglas goes anywhere it’ll be to his cloggy mate Jol at Fulham. That will mean we have effectively spent all the summer break barking up the wrong tree. Debuchy and Douglas for sure…. LDJ we were never interested, Andy Carroll is just a big smoke screen…

    For the life of me, Adam Johnson to 5under1and has got me baffled. All down to the persuasive powers of MON at the end of the day I suppose. Sassong, Fletcher and Johnson makes for a canny front three, pity the rest of the team are gash… 😆 😆

    Of course 5under1and splashing the cash only goes to irritate the Toon fans even more with their transfer inactivity.

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    @MM

    I posed this to Stuart79 last night that the scum don’t have enough goalscorers and will struggle.

    What do think?

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