Things don’t get easier for Newcastle just seven days after losing the latest Tyne-Wear derby, as they head to Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.

A trip to face Chelsea is never an easy one but considering Jose Mourinho’s side have just come off the back of their biggest win of the season – beating Manchester City 2-0 at the Etihad -, this game couldn’t have came at a worse time.

Perhaps Newcastle will be spurred on by the thought of Joe Kinnear being no longer associated with the club, after his resignation on Monday.

The Magpies actually have an excellent unblemished record in London this season, having beaten Tottenham, Crystal Palace and West Ham already.

However, the price of another away day success for the Geordies is a large one, considering the limitations on Pardew’s squad.

Midfield hard man Cheick Tiote is injured after picking up a hamstring injury in training this week, so the Toon captaincy looks set to go to another candidate as Fabricio Coloccini is also missing.

Loic Remy serves the second game of a ridiculous three-match ban, while “victim” Bradley Johnson is available for Norwich when they welcome Man City. Not sure who’s got the best end of that situation, really.

Papiss Cisse and Yoan Gouffran missed the grim defeat by Sunderland and no news has surfaced regarding their recoveries. Cisse could well have played his last game for Newcastle, as Russian side Rubin Kazan continue to sniff around the out-of-form forward.

The injuries could gift chances in the first-team to Dan Gosling and Sylvain Marveaux, as both are drafted into the squad from the exit door.

As for Chelsea FC tickets and their team, the hardest decision Mourinho has to make is which of his never-ending wealth of midfielders to pick. Even with Marco van Ginkel injured, the “special one” still has nine players at his disposal, with latest signing Mohammad Salah in line to make his debut.

The only injury Chelsea have to deal with is one that will keep Fernando Torres out, as the Spaniard struggles with a knee ligament knock that has sidelined him for the last three games. There could be a chance for former Newcastle striker Demba Ba or another start for Samuel Eto’o, who featured when Newcastle knocked Anzhi Makhachkala out of the Europa League last season.

A win for Newcastle wouldn’t do much to their league position, although it would turn the feeling around the club on its head after a tumultuous week.