Five things Newcastle need to do to keep up record over Chelsea
Newcastle United have won their last three home matches over Chelsea and are well worth backing at 17/4 to make it four. Coral look at five things the Magpies need to do carry on their impressive form over the Blues, who are without the suspended Diego Costa, who starts his three-match ban.
Steve McClaren needs to tell Papiss Cisse he is the best finisher in the Premier League
Striker Cisse has struggled so far this season, though there is no denying his quality. He bagged a brace in the club’s 2-0 win last season, and is 18/1 to equal or better that.
However, the Senegal international is a confidence player and he needs to know that he has the support of his manager and teammates in order to rediscover his scoring talents. Therefore, McClaren needs to demonstrate all of his best man-management skills, put an arm around him and reiterate just how good he is.
Hand Jack Colback the captain’s armband just for this match
While centre back Fabricio Coloccini was retained as skipper for this season, McClaren should think about passing that responsibility to tenacious midfielder Jack Colback for this match in what would definitely be an unorthodox manoeuvre.
There is no doubt that the player is key to everything the side do, though he was dismissed in this fixture last term. It is surprising the effect that something like this can have on players with a temperamental side and it could well pay dividends against the Blues.
Start with Rolando Aarons
Should he recover in time after a knock in training, Newcastle should hand the exciting 19-year-old winger a start and unleash him against Chelsea after a great pre-season.
Youngsters, although inexperienced, tend to have no fear and up against an out-of-form Branislav Ivanovic, Aarons could run rings around him. He is 6/1 to score anytime and with an older head operating behind him, should do well.
Have Alexsandar Mitrovic as an unused substitute
Although clearly talented, the young Serbian striker is somewhat of a hothead and has already received two yellow cards this season; each one coming within moments of him being introduced to the field. He needs to quickly understand the way Newcastle play and also the importance of big fixtures.
Not giving him playing time for this match may hurt, though, it could be a tactic which gets the best out of him in the long term and make him learn quickly.
Come out of the blocks quickly and be brave in attack
Newcastle have nothing to lose and need to play like this against the Blues who have been rattled a number of times this season. There is no doubt that they will be up for this game and in front of what is expected to be a capacity crowd, they should not sit back.
Cisse on his day is capable of the spectacular, as he has proved against Chelsea before and if they vary their play with long-range shots and well worked moves around the area, plus crosses into the box, the side can cause their visitors problems.