Preview: Chelsea v Newcastle

Chelsea know a FA Cup represents their best possibility of silverware this deteriorate forward of their fourth turn tie opposite Newcastle United on Sunday.

FA Cup
Date: 28 Jan 2018
Fourth Round
Kick-off: 15H30 internal time
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Referee: K. Friend
Assistants: C. Hatzidakis, I. Hussin
Fourth official: S. Hooper

Head-to-head summary: 


Chelsea               136    56    35     45      
Newcastle            136    45    35     56  

Previous encounter: 

Chelsea 3-1 Newcastle 02/12/17 (Premier League)

Chelsea goalscorers: E. Hazard (21′, PG 74′), A. Morata (33′)

Newcastle goalscorer: D. Gayle (12′)

Players to watch: 

Alvaro Morata was on aim a final time these sides faced any other though has been sidelined in new weeks, withdrawal a fickle Eden Hazard to lift a strings for Antonio Conte’s side this time out. The Belgian has contributed with 8 joining goals this deteriorate and one in a FA Cup (plus 3 Champions League goals) while creation a serve 8 in all competitions.

Newcastle’s goals have been widespread via their frontline, with Dwight Gayle on three, Joselu on four, Ayoze Perez with two, while Aleksandar Mitrovic has netted usually once, and it was Perez with a brace, alongside one from Jonjo Shelvey that propelled a Toon into this weekend’s fourth turn tie.

Team form and manager quotes: 

Chelsea, who were separated from a League Cup by Arsenal on Wednesday, indispensable penalties to see off Norwich in their FA Cup third turn replay. While in a league, Conte’s side drew with Arsenal and Leicester before outstanding Brighton 4-0 on a weekend, nonetheless they sojourn in a healthy third place on a Premier League standings, with 15 wins, 5 draws and 4 losses.

Newcastle, conversely, come into this tie in 15th place in a Premier League, and on a behind of a 3-1 drubbing by Manchester City. They did see off Luton utterly absolutely in their FA Cup third turn tie, though could usually pull with bottom-side Swansea before losing to a joining leaders on Saturday.

Heading into this clash, Conte told his club’s central website: “Every foe is important. In a Carabao Cup we attempted to get to a final, and we reached a semi-final. Now there is another competition, a FA Cup, and this is a really formidable competition. We will try to get to a subsequent round, though there is an foe who has a same idea.”

Toon trainer Rafa Benitez combined on a Newcastle site: “I cruise we have to find a balance. we always contend we can swell in any competition, in this box in a FA Cup, if we have a patrol clever adequate to compete. We will see if we can do it, though we will use a squad, for sure.

“Every diversion is important, though apparently we know how large it is to stay in a Premier League, since of all a income around and afterwards we can urge your group if we have some-more money. It’s a win-win conditions if we stay in a Premier League, so that is something we have to consider.”

Team news: 

For Chelsea, Alvaro Morata (back), Thibaut Courtois (ankle) and Willian (hamstring) are all sidelined though Cesc Fabregas should be behind from his new hamstring strain.

Newcastle are blank Jesus Gamez (ankle), though Chancel Mbemba (knee), Florian Lejeune (foot) and Aleksandar Mitrovic (back) are all approaching to redeem from their injuries.

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