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Will Newcastle United’s winning streak continue, thereby extending Chelsea’s sequence of loses?
Last Sunday, the Magpies won again, this time hammering Southampton 4-1 in the pouring rain of St Mary’s.
Miguel Almirón bagging his eighth of the season, before Chris Wood, Joe Willock and Bruno Guimarães were also on target.
This means Eddie Howe’s team have won four on the bounce, accumulating 21 points from nine outings since their sole defeat of the campaign, way back in August.
The Toon Army are currently sitting pretty in third, six clear of the beleaguered visitors.
Chelsea, in stark contrast, come into this one having lost back-to-back league fixtures for the first time since December 2020.
Graham Potter’s first return to Brighton didn’t go to plan, hammered 4-1, before, on Sunday, his team were beaten 1-0 by Arsenal.
So, having failed to win any of their last four, the Blues start the weekend in seventh.
Wednesday night’s Carabao Cup results were very much in line with the current zeitgeists at both clubs.
Newcastle edged past Crystal Palace on penalties, with Nick Pope making three saves in the shootout.
Simultaneously, Chelsea were punished for missing first half chances, dumped out by Manchester City.
Here, the Blues have actually lost five of their last nine visits to St James’ Park, but aiming to win three consecutive fixtures there for the first time in 21 years.
Will it be another night of celebration for the locals on Tyneside?
Newcastle United team news
Eddie Howe named a very strong XI for Wednesday’s League Cup win, but his rotated stars will all be back in.
Specifically, these are Sven Botman, Kieran Trippier, Bruno Guimarães, Joe Willock and October’s Premier League player of the month Miguel Almirón.
Callum Wilson was taken off at half time last Sunday due to illness, but should be available for this one.
Joelinton is available again after serving his one-match ban at St Mary’s; Alexander Isak remains sidelined.
Chelsea team news
Wesley Fofana, Reece James, Ben Chilwell and N’Golo Kanté all remain out long-term.
Lewis Hall, Denis Zakaria, Hakim Ziyech, Christian Pulisic and Armando Broja were all rotated in on Wednesday.
Here, despite only touching the ball eight times last Sunday, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could return up front; he’s scored six in his last six against Newcastle.
Raheem Sterling, Kai Havertz, Mason Mount, César Azpilicueta and Thiago Silva will also all be back in the XI.
With Kepa Arrizabalaga out injured, Édouard Mendy will continue in goal.