Our live match stream is up and running ahead of Saturday lunchtime’s Premier League fixture Newcastle v Chelsea, kicking off at 12:30pm BST.
You can keep an eye on the commentary as it happens below, but first, we take a preview into the fixture, the lineups, predictions and much more.
In each side’s previous game, the Magpies lost 2-0 away to Southampton. Che Adams and Stuart Armstrong got on the goal-sheet to see the Saints move to the top-flight summit for first time since September 1988.
Chelsea however produced a 4-1 win over Sheffield United. Goals from Tammy Abraham, Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva and Timo Werner took the Blues to third in the Premier League table; Hakim Ziyech registered two assists in man-of-the-match performance; winless Sheffield United remain bottom.
Newcastle boss Steve Bruce said: “Chelsea have bought exceptionally good players. That makes life a bit easier if you’re a manager. They’ve started finding that balance & I believe they will be there or thereabouts because they are a very, very good side.”
Callum Wilson has trained in the last two days and wants to play vs Chelsea. Was ‘very comfortable’ yesterday but Steve Bruce said he won’t play ‘if any risk whatsoever’. Might be a bit soon for Shelvey, who, like Ritchie, has been back training. Ryan Fraser won’t make it.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard said: “(Christian) Pulisic is not fit for Newcastle but he’s stepped up his training slowly. It’s been quite a problematic injury so we’ll stay cautious.
“Kai Havertz is back. His isolation is over and he tested negative two days ago so he’s just started training on his own to get some of his fitness back after two weeks at home. Thiago Silva has just landed and messaged me this afternoon so he probably won’t be going to Newcastle because of the length of his journey and timings.
“With Ben Chilwell, I haven’t seen him yet. He stayed with England and was on the bench last night. He’s been improving and getting fantastic care with England so I’m more positive he’ll be okay.
“We’re still waiting on some test results for players arriving back from international duty. Some of them played last night and will unfortunately not arrive back until this afternoon so with a 12.30 kick-off on a Saturday there are clearly a lot of challenges for us.”
On five substitutes: “I think it is something we have to address again with clubs. The reason maybe managers aren’t making three subs is because if you have ten players fearful of tiredness, there is a danger zone to make a third substitute in case of injury.
“My main concern is the players welfare, they are under incredible stress, especially those playing in Europe. I don’t want anyone to cry their eyes out for players but everywhere else has five subs, we have to revisit this in my opinion.“
Lampard on Mason Mount‘s development: “I am impressed with his development. I have done since my time in management and it is nice to have seen a lot of positivity around Mason. Maybe he is a player that has more quality passing and pressing in a game rather than stepovers and flicks. You can see how much we and Gareth rely on him.”
Lampard on Kurt Zouma’s form: “I saw that stat (won the most headers). I am not surprised he will be very important to us. It is something we looked at, we could have been better at times last season and now this is the standard we need to keep. Kurt has been a big part of that.”
Newcastle United Premier League form: DWLDWL
Newcastle United form (all competitions): WWLDWL
Chelsea Premier League form: DWDDWW
Chelsea form (all competitions): DDWWWW
Newcastle United possible starting lineup:
Darlow; Murphy, Schar, Lascelles, Fernandez, Lewis; Hendrick, Hayden, S Longstaff; Joelinton, Saint-Maximin
Chelsea possible starting lineup:
Mendy; James, Zouma, Rudiger, Chilwell; Kovacic, Kante, Mount; Ziyech, Abraham, Werner
- Newcastle have lost just one of their last seven Premier League home games against Chelsea (W5 D1), winning this exact fixture last season courtesy of Isaac Hayden’s 90th minute strike.
- Chelsea have won five of their last seven Premier League meetings with Newcastle (L2), though the Blues have only managed to keep one clean sheet in this run – a 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge last season.
- Newcastle have won two of their last three Premier League home games (L1), as many as they had in their previous 11 at St James’ Park (W2 D4 L5). The Magpies are looking to pick up consecutive home league wins for the first time since December 2019.
- Chelsea are unbeaten in six Premier League games (W3 D3), with only Spurs on a longer current such run in the competition (7). The Blues have netted at least three goals in five of those six games, failing to score in the other.
- No side has had fewer shots in the Premier League this season than Newcastle (64). However, the Magpies have scored 10 goals, giving them a shot conversion rate of 15.6% – their highest on record in a single top-flight campaign (since 1997-98).
He said: Newcastle will be awkward, perhaps even more so than usual, after their non-performance in their defeat at Southampton last time out. Magpies boss Steve Bruce will try to make them much tighter, and they will have to be to keep Chelsea out.
Frank Lampard’s side were just hitting their stride before the international break, especially in attack – they created so many chances in their win over Sheffield United.
Christian Pulisic and Kai Havertz are out of this game but that would still allow the Blues to name pretty much the same team that beat the Blades. At the back, Thiago Silva is a doubt because he has only just got back from international duty, but I’d still expect Chelsea to win comfortably.
Lawro’s prediction: 0-2
Right then, time to keep an eye out for live match stream on Newcastle v Chelsea from kick off at 12:30pm…