The next game for Chelsea, in their packed New Year fixture list, is at home to Newcastle. Over the past few years, and as recently as last November Newcastle have been beating the Blues rather too easily and I believe, following the win against Man City at last win, buoyed with confidence, it is time to end our Newcastle hoodoo.
Here GMS contributor Jack Regan mulls over the prospect of Chelsea vs Newcastle and the chances each side have of securing three points.
Despite our 0-0 draw against West Ham the team will be fired up after the big win over Manchester City and will be looking to get all three points, with a few changes to the team be made here and there.
I predict Oscar to come back into the team and perhaps Ramires or Willian to drop to the bench and maybe a second successive appearance for man of the match on monday night, Nemanja Matic or club great Frank Lampard into central midfield.
The back four will most likely keep their places and perhaps Jose Mourinho will gift a debut for new Egyptian signing Mohammed Salah. Meanwhile the Special One has already confirmed that Fernando Torres is not yet ready to make his return and so Demba Ba may be afforded more playing time.
As for Newcastle, they will still be reeling from the loss at home to Sunderland for the second successive season and following the departure of French midfield maestro Yohan Cabaye they don't have the cutting edge to get the goals they need.
As well as this Remy is still banned, and seen as though he is really the only other goal scorer in the team, it is a big boost for us. The only worry I have is the mainstay in Newcastle's attack is Shola Ameobi who has scored many against us in the past.
I expect Terry and Cahill to be more than capable of handling him this time round.
Score prediction: Chelsea 2-0 Newcastle
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