Friday, 3 April 2009

Preview: Newcastle vs Chelsea

Premier League - St. James Park - Saturday 4th April - 15:00

Newcastle's gloom and doom will be wiped away if they can produce a result against title chasing Chelsea on Saturday. The return of Alan Shearer will rally the toon army and raise the temperature at St. James Park.

Chelsea Manager Guus Hiddink has warned against complacency and told his side they will have to work harder to combat the 'Shearer effect'. Chelsea come off a loss to Tottenham and will need to pick up all three points if they wish to stay on the tail of Liverpool and Manchester United at the top of the table.

TEAM NEWS

Interim Newcastle manager Alan Shearer will be able to welcome back Steven Taylor, Sebastien Bassong and Damien Duff from injury for his first game in charge.

Newcastle will need their strongest defence as they have to contend with the return of the Premier League's leading goalscorer Nicolas Anelka. But as the frenchman comes in his Ivorian teammate Didier Drogba will miss out with an ankle injury.

The London club will also be without full back Jose Bosingwa (hamstring) and England Under 21 international Michael Mancienne may deputise, whilst Newcastle will be without frontman Shola Ameobi (ankle).

HISTORY

Played - 64
Newcastle - 34
Draws - 16
Chelsea - 14
Goals - 163

PROBABLE LINE UPS

NEWCASTLE
Harper, Coloccini, Bassong, S. Taylor, Enrique, Nolan, Butt, R. Taylor, Jonas, Martins, Owen

CHELSEA
Cech, Terry, Carvalho, Mancienne, A. Cole, Essien, Lampard, Ballack, Mikel, Malouda, Anelka

PREDICTION

Newcastle will find it tough to get a result after a run of five games without a win and Chelsea will be fully prepared to fight to from minute one to minute 90.

Newcastle 1 - 1 Chelsea

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