Newcastle United remain on their home patch at St. James’ Park this weekend as the club celebrates one year under fan-favorite boss Eddie Howe as they welcome Graham Potter’s Chelsea to Tyneside in a vital clash with European consequences for both sides as the Magpies can go into the World Cup break sitting third in the Premier League.Open in new window
Level with Arsenal atop the form table (5-1-0), the Magpies project could once again find a statement result against one of the perennial big six in the Premier League after securing a win against Tottenham this season while also posting draws against both Manchester clubs. Three points here would be another massive boost for a club that has taken like a duck to water amid new ownership and direction from the touchline.
Predicted Newcastle United XI
Players unavailable for selection & key fitness updates
Alexander Isak, Ryan Fraser, Matt Ritchie, Emil Krafth, Paul Dummett
Newcastle boss Eddie Howe remains without summer signing Alexander Isak after the Swedish international frontman headlines a quartet of players still on the long-term treatment table, with Emil Krafth, Paul Dummett, and Matt Ritchie joining him.
Ryan Fraser is now unavailable as well after suffering a calf injury and is sure to be out for the last match before the World Cup break.