Match: Newcastle United – Chelsea
Date: Saturday, 25 September, 2015
Start time: 17:30 GMT
Newcastle hosts Chelsea in the match of the seventh round of the Premier League. The meeting of the ‘Sports Direct Arena’ is on Saturday at 17:30 GMT.
“The Magpies” experiencing difficult moments in the last month after recording three consecutive defeats in the league and still looking for their first success. Steve McClaren’s team is the penultimate 20th place with a total of two points after draws against Southampton and Manchester United.
Poor performance of Newcastle this season continue in the Cup standings. During the week the team finished in sixteenth-finals of the competition after losing at home by Sheffield Wednesday 0:1. Although the coach of the team rested some key players, then in composition were Dutch internationals Tim Krul, Daryl Janmaat, Siem de Jong and more holders as Moussa Sissoko, Florian Thauvin and Anita. However, Newcastle failed to score goal in the door of his opponent and disappointed fans who expected to end unpleasant series of three consecutive defeats.
The only success that Newcastle record this season, was in the previous phase of the tournament against Northampton. He was a month ago, then alumni Steve McClaren realized only one goal in four meetings. Obviously the lack of Emmanuel Riviere has its word to the game in attack team. The Frenchman is injured and will miss the upcoming match with Chelsea. Besides him with injuries are more Cheick Tiote, Sylvain Marveeux and Paul Dummet. However, the team is back striker Aleksandar Mitrovic. Attracted by Anderlecht scorer a red card against Arsenal on 29 August and missed the games with West Ham and Watford in the Premier League.
Chelsea mood returned after the team recorded three consecutive wins. Successful series of Londoners started against Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Champions League. Graduates of Jose Mourinho recorded emphatic success against Israelis at home with 4:0. Chelsea won last weekend’s derby with Arsenal 2:0 and so gathered a total of 7 points, climbing to 15th place in the standings. During the week, they “blue” had no problems against Walsall in the Cup League after beating 4:1 guest. Mourinho approaches quite serious about the game and not make a lot of changes in the composition. Eden Hazard only get a break and did not appear in a game against third division team.
In their three away games of the season Chelsea beat once and lost twice. The success of the “blue” was against West Brom, while the damage came from Manchester City and Everton. In these three meetings away from the “Bridge” the most serious problems the team had in defense. Allowed eight hits in the door of the team are more than goals that were champions in the last eight rounds as a guest last season.
Against Newcastle Jose Mourinho can not count on injured Thibaut Courtois and Wilian. Diego Costa did was banned for three games on video. The Spain international made it away because of his rough appearances during the London derby against Arsenal when the judge not saw the actions of the attacker.
Last season Newcastle beat Chelsea 2:1 at home. “The Magpies” in a series of three consecutive victories at home against this team and hope to continue their series. Newcastle is a positive balance in the meetings between the two teams as host. “The Magpies” have 34 victories in 67 games, 15 draws and 18 losses.
Both teams have serious problems in defense, which is the main reason for their place at the bottom of the ranking. Chelsea is quite vulnerable in defense when playing away from home. Newcastle did have good players who need a highly played game to believe her. Turn Chelsea gradually entering in better shape, but now we have to think about the upcoming clash against Porto in the Champions League. In any case expect on Saturday evening to get effective game of “Sports Direct Arena” and hits like the two doors are not excluded.