Newcastle have started the season with two straight defeats. Their performances have been good in patches but Rafa Benitez will be desperate to get some points on the board as quickly as possible.
Maurizio Sarri has won his first two Premier League games as Chelsea manager, defeating Huddersfield and Arsenal. Now he faces off against the man he replaced at Napoli in 2015, Rafa Benitez. Sarri is unbeaten in two previous meetings with Benitez, downing Napoli 4-2 with minnows Empoli in one of the matches.
Chelsea are winless in their last five matches away to Newcastle, so can expect a tough afternoon on Sunday. They have lost four of those but are in a much better place compared to their opponents heading into the weekend and will hope to change that record here.
Newcastle United- Isaac Hayden is suspended for Newcastle after his red card against Cardiff last time out. Various Betting options on NaijaBet
DeAndre Yedlin avoided a serious knee injury on the opening weekend but wasn’t fit enough to feature against Cardiff. Rafa Benitez will hope to have him available here.
Kenedy is ineligible to face his parent club this weekend, but was poor last weekend, missing a crucial spot-kick, and should have been sent off prior to that.
Chelsea- Cesc Fabregas missed a reunion with former club Arsenal last weekend and remains a doubt with a knee injury.
Eden Hazard has been eased back into life at Chelsea with two substitute appearances and the Belgian has impressed in both outings, registering two assists in 43 minutes of playing time. He will hope to make his first league start here.
Newcastle have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 5 matches against Chelsea in all competitions.
Newcastle have scored at least 2 goals in their last 5 home matches against Chelsea in all competitions.
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