Pardew: Chelsea phased by Toon


Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has heaped yet more pressure on under-fire Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas.

The Toon manager has claimed Chelsea will be fearing Newcastle when they visit St James' Park this weekend.

Pardew's side are above the Blues in the Barclays Premier League table, having lost just once all season – to leaders Manchester City.

"We have one of the big clubs coming to us and they will be fearing coming to us in front of 52,000 Geordies," Pardew said. "We've set ourselves up for Chelsea."

Newcastle, who sit fourth in the league, claimed a point against reigning champions Manchester United last weekend and were impressive in their 3-1 loss to City the week before.

Toon midfielder Yohan Cabaye believes his club will beat Chelsea if they play like they did in their previous two fixtures in the tough treble.

"We learned not to give Man United too much respect," he explained. "It was important to play higher up the pitch and I think we did well.

"Against Chelsea, we have to play like we did at Old Trafford."

Although Newcastle have not beaten Chelsea in a league game since 2006, the West London club have three of their last five league games and Cabaye believe his side can inflict another defeat – believing home advantage will pay off.

"We have to believe in ourselves," added the French midfielder. "It's important to win the game.

"We will be at home so we have to play like a top-of-the-league team to win this match."

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