Key Statistics Will Decide Chelsea vs. Newcastle United

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Coming off an impressive victory over Manchester City at the Etihad last Monday, Chelsea are conceivably ‘on top of the world.’ They beat the club that many believed to be the Premier League‘s best, not by parking the bus, but by driving said bus over, around and through City’s starting eleven.

Now an almost fully fit Chelsea is hosting a maligned Newcastle United side at Stamford Bridge. The Magpies beat Chelsea 2-0 at St. James Park earlier this season, causing Jose Mourinho to claim that he made “eleven mistakes” when choosing his squad. This time around, the first-choice back line has become clear as has the attacking midfield three of Eden Hazard, Oscar and Willian; only the defensive midfield is still an area of regular tinkering.

As for Newcastle, their midfield talisman, Yohan Cabaye, has moved on to Paris Saint-Germain forcing Vernon Anita into a more defensive role. Their inability to properly replace Cabaye in January was blindingly evident in their 3-0 thrashing at the hands of rivals, Sunderland. They will also be without leading goal-scorer Loic Remy, who continues to serve his red card ban, as well as Cheick Tiote, Yohan Gouffran and Papiss Cisse, all with fitness concerns.

According to Chelsea’s official website:

“56 percent of Newcastle’s Barclays Premier League goals this term have come from Yohan Cabaye, now with PSG, and Loic Remy, who is suspended this weekend.”

Recently, the Tyneside club have been on a poor run of form and the victims of a goal drought.

 

On the other hand:

“Chelsea have the tightest defense in the Premier League, conceding only 20 goals in 24 games including 10 clean sheets.”

Newcastle are in no way out of it. They have a better record on the road than they do at home and will look to avenge their derby loss with a statement win. Chelsea, a team known to play down to lesser competition — 3-2 at Stoke City — need to treat this match the same as they did at City. Jose Mourinho’s 88-game home win streak is on the line, and Newcastle would love to spoil the Blues’ party.

Emilio Gonzales is a Soccer and College Football writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Emilio_G184 and add him to your network on Google

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  • james_the_bassist

    I don’t seriously see Newcastle walking away from this with all three points, the best I think they can hope for is to defend like hell and come away with a draw, because with a defence as tight as Chelsea’s it’s going to be really tough to get any goals past them, especially at Stamford Bridge! Chelsea have only actually conceded 9 goals at home all season so far, and only two teams have walked away with any points, West Ham and West Brom both drew. I don’t see that changing tomorrow, and I reckon it will be a comfortable scoreline for the Blues, either 2-0 or 3-0. I think that if we can hold out for a draw we can consider that a good result, but with the depleted side we have it’s going to require a monumental effort to do so! The first thing we need to do is defend well, and actually despite the absence of Colo, we have a relatively strong back four; however in midfield I think we’ll struggle, obviously Cabaye has moved on to pastures greener, and both Tiote and Gouffran are out with injury, although Sissoko and Ben Arfa are both available so hopefully they can rediscover their best form, plus Anita has shown flashes of what he can do this season, he needs to do that again! If there’s one player that can make the difference tomorrow for the Toon though it’ll be Krul, if he can put in the sort of shift he did against Spurs in the first half of the season, we could easily take away a point! However if Chelsea score then we’re pretty much guaranteed to lose, because we currently don’t seem to have ANY firepower in front of goal, and probably won’t until Remy returns from suspension!

    • Emilio

      Good score prediction. It could have been different had Sissoko taken his chance leveled the game at 1-1, but Hazard was just clinical on a whole different level than the players on either team. Ben Arfa looked fairly dangerous but I honestly expected much more from De Jong. Better movement on his part could have made a big difference.

      • james_the_bassist

        De Jong has been highly disappointing so far, and is clearly still suffering from lack of matches at Monchengladbach where he only played around 80 minutes this season before moving here, he’s already exceeded that! If he does well in training and puts in a good shift against Villa I expect he could become a force before too long. He was unstoppable at Twente, so clearly had the ability, he just needs his confidence back, so really he couldn’t have joined Newcastle at a worse time – low on confidence and on a downer due to the departure of Cabaye.