By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter
Newcastle United travel to Chelsea on Saturday evening (5.30pm kick-off), looking to make it two wins from two in the Premier League this term.
Chelsea have already achieved that feat, thanks to victories over Wigan and Reading, but the Magpies have played just the one league game to date - a 2-1 victory over Tottenham.
This fixture comes less than 48 hours after United kicked off their Europa League campaign with a 1-1 draw away at Greek outfit Atromitos, but manager Alan Pardew fielded a much-changed side that night and could welcome back some key players at Stamford Bridge.
Saturday's meeting is the 151st match between the two clubs, and the 135th in the league. Before last season, United hadn't beaten Chelsea in the league since May 2006, but Papiss Cisse changed all that in May with a brace at Stamford Bridge which earned a 2-0 win.
May 2, 2012 - Chelsea 0 Newcastle 2 (Cisse 19, 90)
Chelsea (4-3-3): Petr Cech; Jose Bosingwa, Branislav Ivanovic, John Terry (c), Ryan Bertrand; Jon Obi Mikel, Raul Meireles (Frank Lampard 78); Ramires, Florent Malouda (Didier Drogba 61), Daniel Sturridge (Juan Mata 46); Fernando Torres
Newcastle (4-4-2): Tim Krul; James Perch, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; Hatem Ben Arfa (Gabriel Obertan 87), Yohan Cabaye, Cheick Tiote (Ryan Taylor 69), Jonas Gutierrez; Demba Ba (Shola Ameobi 74), Papiss Cisse
FULL RECORD v CHELSEA
P150 W49 D39 L62 F188 A223
(Last six games - all competitions)
Chelsea - WWLLLL
Newcastle - DWLWDW
Chelsea (v Reading, Premier League): Petr Cech; Branislav Ivanovic, John Terry (c), Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole; Frank Lampard, Jon Obi Mikel (Daniel Sturridge 68); Ramires (Oscar 57), Juan Mata (Raul Meireles 84), Eden Hazard; Fernando Torres
Not used: Ross Turnbull, Ryan Bertrand, Oriol Romeu, Michael Essien
Newcastle (v Atromitos, Europa League): Steve Harper; James Tavernier, Mike Williamson (c), James Perch, Ryan Taylor; Gael Bigirimana, Vurnon Anita; Gabriel Obertan, Dan Gosling (Romain Amalfitano 64), Sylvain Marveaux (Jonas Gutierrez 71); Papiss Cisse (Adam Campbell 77)
Not used: Tim Krul, Davide Santon, Steven Taylor, Yohan Cabaye
Chelsea - Captain John Terry is the Blues' biggest doubt with a neck injury, but fellow defender David Luiz (knee) could return. Chelsea are not expected to complete the signing of Victor Moses in time for the forward to feature on Saturday.
Newcastle - Hatem Ben Arfa is available for selection, having sat out the midweek Europa League qualifier due to a European ban. He could be joined back in the squad by captain Fabricio Coloccini, Demba Ba and Cheick Tiote, who all missed the Magpies' trip to Greece through knocks. Manager Alan Pardew is likely to make a host of changes to his starting line-up from that fixture, with only striker Papiss Cisse expected to remain.
Phil Dowd (Stoke-on-Trent) - 2012/13 record: One game, five yellow cards, one red card
PLAYED FOR BOTH TEAMS
Celestine Babyaro, Dave Beasant, Geremi, Mick Harford, Scott Parker, Gavin Peacock, Patrick van Aanholt
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