Newcastle United face what looks like an impossible task tomorrow, when they take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

The Magpies have already upset the Premier League leaders once this season when Papiss Cisse scored twice in a 2-1 victory at St James’ Park.

However, Cisse is one of a number of players Newcastle have missing when they make the long trip to the capital. The Senegal striker has jetted off to the African Nations Cup to link up with his country.

Also missing are Steven Taylor, Rolando Aarons, Gabriel Obertan, Siem de Jong, Cheick Tiote (also gone to Africa with Ivory Coast), Mehdi Abeid, Sammy Ameobi, Rob Elliot and Ryan Taylor.

Add that to the fact the Geordies are also missing a permanent manager and assistant and it’s easy to see why Newcastle are huge outsiders to get anything from Jose Mourinho’s men.

There is some good news though; Moussa Sissoko is still a Newcastle player despite reports earlier this week suggesting he was in “advanced talks” with PSG over a transfer.

But the best news comes in the shape of Tim Krul. The Dutch goalkeeper came through a behind-closed-doors friendly with Celtic on Thursday and is expected to be back between the sticks for the first time in ten games.

He’ll need to be at his best, too; Chelsea have a fully fit squad to choose from. Didier Drogba scored at St James’ Park earlier this season and is not part of Ivory Coast’s squad for the African Nations, having retired last year. Loic Remy could also get a chance against his former club where he scored 14 goals in a successful loan spell last season.

The most unlikely win could lift Newcastle into the top eight in the league, while another win to add to Chelsea’s 100% domestic home record would keep the pressure on Manchester City.