Chelsea vs Newcastle 02/12/2017
Newcastle can be considered Chelsea’s second favourite opponents at Stamford Bridge. Only against fellow London side Tottenham (16) have Chelsea won on more occasions at home in the EPL than they have against Newcastle (15).
The Magpies last won here in May 2012, thanks to a Papiss Cisse brace.
Willian is slowly getting back to form and will be happy to know that Newcastle are one of the only four clubs he’s scored home and away against in the EPL. The Brazilian scored in both fixtures the last time these sides met in 2015/16.
Willian’s opposite number, Jonjo Shelvey, is also aiming to become only the second midfielder in history – after the late Gary Speed – to score against Chelsea with three or more teams. The bald assassin had previously scored EPL goals against the Blues in Swansea and Liverpool colours.
Antonio Conte rested Eden Hazard and Cesar Azpilicueta in the 1-0 win against Swansea on Wednesday, but both are expected to return and start. Michy Batshuayi is likely to miss out with an ankle injury while David Luiz is suffering from an ongoing knee problem that is still being assessed.
Newcastle could stick with the team that earned a 2-2 draw at West Brom, but are still missing defenders Paul Dummett and Jamaal Lascelles. Winger Christian Atsu is also still on the treatment table with a thigh injury.