Papiss Cisse


By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor

 


Newcastle United will look to record their first double of the 2013/14 campaign as they travel to Chelsea in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday.

The Magpies go into this fixture on a run of just one win in seven games in all competitions, while Chelsea haven't been beaten in the top flight since the start of December.

However, when the sides met at St. James' Park earlier in the season, second half goals from Yoan Gouffran and Loic Remy earned United a deserved three points.

Follow Saturday's fixture right here on nufc.co.uk for live updates, on-the-whistle half-time and full-time reports and exclusive post-match reaction, or on Twitter at @NUFCOfficial.

 

STAT ATTACK
Saturday's meeting is the 154th match between the two clubs, and the 138th in the league.


TICKET NEWS
Newcastle's allocation for this fixture has sold out.


LAST MEETING
2nd November, 2013 - Newcastle 2 (Gouffran 68, Remy 89) Chelsea 0

Newcastle (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Davide Santon; Moussa Sissoko, Cheick Tiote (Vurnon Anita 53), Yohan Cabaye, Yoan Gouffran (Gabriel Obertan 84); Shola Ameobi (Papiss Cisse 62), Loic Remy

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Petr Cech; Branislav Ivanovic, David Luiz, John Terry, Ashley Cole; Ramires, Frank Lampard (Andre Schurrle 70); Juan Mata (Willian 62), Oscar, Eden Hazard; Fernando Torres (Samuel Eto'o 62)


FULL RECORD v CHELSEA
P153 W51 D39 L63 F193 A227


FORM GUIDE
(Last six games - all competitions)
 
Chelsea - WDWWWW
Newcastle - LDWLLL


LAST LINE-UP
Chelsea (v Manchester City, Premier League): Petr Cech; Branislav Ivanovic, Gary Cahill, John Terry, Cesar Azpilicueta; David Luiz, Nemanja Matic; Ramires, Willian (John Mikel Obi 90), Eden Hazard (Demba Ba 90); Samuel Eto'o (Oscar 83)
Not used: Mark Schwarzer, Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard, Mohamed Salah

Newcastle (v Sunderland, Premier League): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Steven Taylor, Davide Santon (Paul Dummett 64); Moussa Sissoko, Cheick Tiote, Vurnon Anita (Sylvain Marveaux 74); Hatem Ben Arfa, Shola Ameobi, Sammy Ameobi (Luuk de Jong 46)
Not used: Rob Elliot, Massadio Haidara, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Adam Armstrong


TOP SCORER
Chelsea -
Eden Hazard (11)
Newcastle - Loic Remy (11)


TEAM NEWS
Chelsea - Spanish striker Fernando Torres is doubtful for the Blues with a knee injury, while their only other absentee is Marco van Ginkel, who is out for the rest of the season with a cruciate ligament injury.

Newcastle - Loic Remy serves the second of a three-game suspension, while the Magpies have a lengthy injury list. Stand-in captain Cheick Tiote is ruled out for up to three games with a hamstring injury, while there are doubts over Papiss Cisse (back) and Gabriel Obertan (knee). Definitely ruled out are Yoan Gouffran (groin), Fabricio Coloccini (knee) and Ryan Taylor (knee).


A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS
Jose Mourinho, Chelsea manager:
"They have a good team, good players. They know they can beat us because they did a few months ago. Alan's a good coach, they play well away from home so it will be difficult for sure. Do we dream of winning the Premier League? Of course. If we didn't we wouldn't play. Do we want to win the next game against Newcastle and to be there? Of course we do."

Alan Pardew, Newcastle manager: "It's an important period because we have got two really tough games. I think everybody would appreciate that - but we really do need to put a performance on the pitch that contains enthusiasm, desire and a real purpose, and that's what we are going to do. You have to defend well. They [Chelsea] need to find a way, and nine times out of ten, they do. We all want to see the game played on an even field, end-to-end, but you have to be careful when you are coming up against players of the quality he [Mourinho] has."


REFEREE
Howard Webb (Yorkshire): 2013/14 record - 27 games, 82 yellow cards, 4 red cards


PLAYED FOR BOTH TEAMS
Demba Ba, Celestine Babyaro, Dave Beasant, Geremi, Mick Harford, Scott Parker, Gavin Peacock, Patrick van Aanholt


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DID YOU KNOW?
United travel to London looking to record a fifth successive capital away win, after victories at QPR, Spurs, Palace and West Ham.