Fabricio Coloccini - Newcastle United News

Saturday tea time sees Newcastle attempt to guard against a European hangover for the first time this season, as they travel to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea.

The Magpies arrived back on English soil on Friday after grinding out a 1-1 draw in Athens with Atromitos and now have just over 24 hours to prepare for the game against Chelsea. No doubt Alan Pardew will be hoping for a repeat of the last time he was in the Stamford Bridge dugout, as Papiss Cisse’s stunning brace inspired his side to a 2-0 win.

The Blues have had a busy summer, adding a number of big name signings as Roman Abramovich attempts to re-establish his side as Premier League contenders as well as champions of Europe. Eden Hazard and his brother Thorgan, Oscar and Marko Marin have all joined Roberto Di Matteo’s ranks over the course of the summer months.

Just yesterday, Roberto Di Matteo announced two more signings to strengthen his side too, as Wigan’s Victor Moses completed a £9m move and Marseille’s Spanish right-back Cesar Azpilicueta was brought in.

Meanwhile, Newcastle are continuing to bide their time in the transfer market as the merry-go-round kicks into top gear. No defensive reinforcements have been announced as yet, so the return of Fabricio Coloccini for tomorrow’s game is timely.

However, midfield animal Cheick Tiote will miss out through injury and Demba Ba will face a late fitness test as he battles for full fitness. Shola Ameobi will miss out too, meaning there could be a place on the bench for 17-year old Adam Campbell, as Newcastle look short of numbers in the final third.

Both of Chelsea’s new signings will not feature tomorrow evening, although Eden Hazard is expected to start. The 21-year old Belgian has been in exceptional form in his first two games, making five assists and making Premier League defenders across the land take note.

Marin will have to wait for his Chelsea debut as he recovers from a thigh injury, although with Hazard’s form, he likely wouldn’t get into the side even if he was fit. Another absentee is John Terry who is struggling with a neck injury. The England defender will likely be replaced by Gary Cahill, who will partner reported Man City and Barcelona target David Luiz in the heart of defence.

A win for Newcastle could really have the Toon Army dreaming of a season that could somehow eclipse the last, however with Chelsea’s dream team attack, it could be something of a challenge to halt the flying Blues.

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  1. Colin

    I love your articles Marley! Looking forward to the next one. Keep up the good work.

  2. I am a chelsea fan but i see newcastle carrying d day becouse krul cant make a costly mistake that f

    I am a chelsea fan but i see newcastle carrying d day,krul cant make a costly mistake conceded by felicic that put chelsea back on track.chelsea need time to gel before we can b expecting medal,but i bet my life harzadouse boy whould realy light up d premiership when d lad know everybody movement,marin coat my word whould realy couse harvoc for defenders,oscar young vision guy whould spark d league by his pass.coat my word.(alata for sure)

  3. malcolm jacobs

    i think that this is going to be a very tough game for my blues. chelsea can be very dodgy from high crosses into the penalty area and you can be sure that newcastle's big forwards are going to exploit this. cech is also a bit iffy with the cross so he will have to be at the top of his game and after the last game he will have to liven up.and also if j. t. doesn't play i think we could be in for a very tough afternoon!!!!!!!


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