Newcastle United Vs Chelsea, Sun 28 Nov 2010

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Live Team Sheet

Newcastle: Krul, Jose Enrique, Campbell, Simpson, Taylor, Guthrie, Routledge, Gutierrez, Tiote, Carroll, Ameobi.

Subs: 33 Soderberg, 14 Perch, 28 Kadar, 17 Smith, 11 Lovenkrands, 20 Best, 30 Ranger

Chelsea: Cech, Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Alex, A. Cole, Ramires, Mikel Obi, Malouda, Kalou, Drogba, Anelka.

Subs: 22 Turnbull, 19 Ferreira, 43 Bruma, 38 Van Aanholt, 46 McEachran, 44 Gael Kakuta, 23 Daniel Sturridge.

Toon facing tough task

Newcastle boss Chris Hughton will be without first-choice central defenders Fabricio Coloccini and Mike Williamson for Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash with Chelsea.

Both men begin three-match suspensions, the Argentinian following his red card in the 5-1 defeat at Bolton last weekend and his English team-mate after his ban on video evidence for violent conduct against Johan Elmander in the same game.

Sol Campbell and Steven Taylor are set to deputise, although neither has started a Premier League game yet this season.

Joey Barton completes his own three-match ban, but Cheik Tiote is back after missing the game at the Reebok Stadium having earlier picked up his fifth booking of the campaign.

Steve Harper (shoulder) and Leon Best (ankle) are closing in on returns, but Ryan Taylor (ankle ligaments), Dan Gosling (knee) and Hatem Ben Arfa remain on the sidelines.

Hughton will have no qualms about throwing Campbell and Taylor in at the deep end.

Campbell has made only one start for the club he joined during the summer to date - the Carling Cup victory at Chelsea on September 22 - while local boy Taylor has not played a competitive game since January because of a succession of injuries.

However, they are likely to get their chance this weekend and Hughton is confident they will rise to the challenge.

He said: "They are both very, very good players. One thing you learn the more years you are in football is you have to adapt.

"You end up losing players and you have to adapt to it.

"Sometimes that can strengthen you, sometimes it doesn't, but what you have to do is get on with it, be very, very positive about what you do have and the qualities you have, and hopefully that will show on Sunday.

"It is not just us, most clubs losing their two central defenders would be stretched - we have seen that, of course, even at the club the magnitude of Chelsea.

"What we do have available in that position at the moment is Steven Taylor and Sol Campbell.

"Both Steven and Sol have been fit for a while - what they are lacking is getting up to speed as regards matches."

John Terry will miss the match against Newcastle but the pain he has suffered from the nerve problem in his leg is subsiding and he should be fit to return next weekend.

Frank Lampard, who has suffered a recurring groin problem, has also begun to train with the squad but is not ready for selection.

Yuri Zhirkov could also be back in a week's time while Michael Essien is suspended.

They will also welcome back Jose Bosingwa against United, who knocked Chelsea out of the Carling Cup earlier this season.

"They won here and showed good organisation," said Ancelotti. "They're a good team.

"They have fantastic support from their fans. We have to be ready and pay attention.

"Chris Hughton (Newcastle manager)is doing a fantastic job. He did a fantastic job last season, winning the Championship. They're strong up front."

Ancelotti wants his side to show the same invention and determination they did against Birmingham last week, when they were unlucky to lose 1-0.

"We did everything right," said Ancelotti.

"The performance was very good and we have to maintain this level of football, this intensity, against Newcastle."

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