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Team news: United unchanged for Blues battle

Graeme Jones has named an unchanged starting XI ahead of Newcastle United's Premier League visit of Chelsea on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 3pm).

The Magpies host the Premier League leaders and current Champions of Europe at St. James' Park, aiming for a first victory of the 2021/22 campaign, and are unchanged from last week's 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace last weekend.

Goalkeeper Karl Darlow continues in between the sticks, making his 50th Premier League appearance, while Martin Dúbravka has been named on the bench, with the Slovakia international recovered from a foot injury.

United's defence, consisting of a back five, contains captain Jamaal Lascelles, Ciaran Clark and Emil Krafth in the heart of the Newcastle backline, with Javier Manquillo and Matt Ritchie occupying the respective flanks.

Sean Longstaff, who turns 24 today, is situated in the middle of the park alongside Isaac Hayden, who scored a stoppage-time winner against the Blues in a 1-0 triumph back in January 2020, while Ryan Fraser and Allan Saint-Maximin will aim to provide attacking support for Callum Wilson, who has netted four goals in five Premier League matches this term.

Jones has plenty of attacking options to deploy from the bench, with Joe Willock, Miguel Almirón, Joelinton and Dwight Gayle, who netted the opener in a 3-0 home victory against Chelsea in 2018, amongst the Newcastle substitutes.

Jonjo Shelvey, who served a one-match suspension against Palace following his red card against Tottenham Hotspur, and Fabian Schär, Jacob Murphy and Jamal Lewis complete the list of substitutes.

Newcastle United: Karl Darlow, Javier Manquillo, Emil Krafth, Jamaal Lascelles (c), Ciaran Clark, Matt Ritchie, Isaac Hayden, Sean Longstaff, Ryan Fraser, Allan Saint-Maximin, Callum Wilson.

Substitutes: Martin Dúbravka, Fabian Schär, Jamal Lewis, Jonjo Shelvey, Jacob Murphy, Joe Willock, Miguel Almirón, Joelinton, Dwight Gayle.

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