One game at a time!
Chelsea welcome 17th placed Newcastle to Stamford Bridge on Monday night for MW 24 of the Premier League season. Results on Saturday mean that Newcastle now sit 10 points above the relegation zone with Fulham having 2 games in hand. A win for Newcastle would take them back into 14th and they have been on a decent run having won 2 of their last 3 games. Those wins came against Southampton and Everton while Newcastle had been on a run of successive losses prior that.
Chelsea go into this game having won are last 3 and unbeaten in our last 4. It’s a good run, add to that the win in the FA Cup against Barnsley although that game was far from convincing. The game against Barnsley reinforced that there is a lot of work to do for this team to reach it’s full potential. Scoring goals has still been an issue and under Tuchel we are yet to score more than 2 goals in a game. The poor performance against Barnsley can be chalked up to multiple reasons, such as squad rotation, poor pitch etc but it was a lazy performance. What I want to see in this game is Chelsea win properly. Now a win is a win but I think this team needs to put 3+ goals past the opposition team to really kickstart themselves. Defensive solidity has returned but we need to start scoring goals.
Chelsea Team Preview
Chelsea will be without Havertz, and Silva for this game but Christensen, and Werner should be back. Mendy should return to goal as usual. Tuchel will probably revert to a 3 at the back once again but I would like to see a 4-2-3-1 because Newcastle aren’t a side that can defend deep. Reece James, Zouma, Rudiger, and Chilwell to start with Jorginho and Kovacic as the CDM’s. Hudson-Odoi, Mount, Ziyech, and Werner should start up front. I don’t think Pulisic warrants a start in current form and maybe he can make a difference off the bench for now. Ziyech has been poor as well but I think he needs game time having been injured. Werner should return who along with Mount were left out of the squad entirely. The 3 at the back is great if you are facing a stronger team but I don’t think it’s needed. If we do start with 3 at the back though expect Christensen to come in for Ziyech probably with Chilwell and Reece James moved to wingbacks.
Newcastle Team Preview
Callum Wilson was playing well in recent games but is now out with a hamstring injury while Schar, and Manquillo are also not available. Newcastle have settled on a 4-3-1-2 of sorts in recent weeks which allows them to counter with pace. Willock has been brought in on loan from Arsenal and he was an instant success against Southampton. Almiron has also found form playing behind the two strikers. Saint-Maximin is back and should play up front but Wilson is out so Joelinton could start in his place. Shelvey is always a tricky customer in the midfield while Jamal Lewis also likes to attack from his left back position. With Schar, and Manquillo out I expect Dummett, and Krafth to come in. It’s a weakened team but one that can still cause problems.
Starting XI Prediction
Chelsea need to continue their momentum as there are some tough games ahead. What I want from Chelsea in this game is a win but also goals. 3 or more and it would be great if Werner can get on the score sheet along with players like Hudson-Odoi, and Ziyech. It is high time that our forward players found form this season. COME ON CHELSEA!!!