Chelsea V Newcastle United Match Preview

Newcastle will be travelling to London a few men short as they prepare for another must win match.

With no January signings so far, Rafa Benitez has limited options as he prepares to take on Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea.

Rafa will be reshuffling the back line as Paul Dummett sustained an injury, who starts in his place?

Florian Lejeune to make first PL start

Florian Lejeune made a long awaited return to the first team in a FA Cup tie against Blackburn.

The French centre half is now back to full fitness and is expected to start for Newcastle against Chelsea alongside Fernández who is back to full fitness and the Captain Jamaal Lascelles.

Sean Longstaff to make the squad

Rafa Benitez could hand Sean Longstaff his first Premier League start as long as Mohamed Diame is not declared match fit as he is recovering from a reoccurring hip injury.

Should Longstaff be handed his debut he’ll play alongside Isaac Hayden.

One expected change up top

Kenedy will obviously be sitting this one out as he is on loan from Chelsea.

Christian Atsu who has been Newcastle’s best attacker in the last four weeks should play in the left and try to cause Chelsea’s defence problems.

Salomon Rondon has kept fit and should play in the striker position over Joselu and Rafa has a decision to either start Ayoze Perez out of position on the right or start a more natural wide man in Jacob Murphy.

Predicted lineup to face Chelsea: Dubravka; Fernandez, Lascelles, Lejeune; Yedlin, Hayden, Longstaff, Ritchie; Perez, Atsu, Rondon.


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