Despite recent history, Jose Mourinho and Chelsea should have a lot of confidence heading to St James' Park.
Newcastle United have already conceded nine goals this season. They are one of only three sides yet to record a win, and no side has lost more games than them.
They have looked poor defensively on a number of occasions this season, and whilst they have not conceded more than two goals in any single game, they have been generous in gifting opponents chances.
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Newcastle defenders will surely be happy that Diego Costa is out, but they still have a lot to worry about.
Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas hitting top form again. Oscar is back from injury and playing well, and Pedro scored a beautiful goal in Chelsea’s midweek clash.
These four Chelsea midfielders will surely carve out a host of chances and the burden rests on the striker that plays to gobble them up.
Despite the absence of the controversial Costa, Chelsea still has two dangerous strikers.
Radamel Falcao is expected to start this weekend as Mourinho looks to help him recover the deadly form he showed before a knee injury almost two years ago.
The Colombian striker scored four goals in 26 Premier League appearance for Manchester United last season and has now scored one in five substitute appearances for Chelsea.
Falcao impressed at Walsall but failed to score from a host of chances which he will aim to correct this time around.
Alternatively, Mourinho can use Loic Remy. The Frenchman scored some important goals for Chelsea on their way to Premier League glory last season.
This season, he has kicked off his campaign with a good goal at the Bescot Stadium.
Remy will also cherish playing against his former employers, and would cause problems for them with his pace and first-time shots.
Chelsea are brimming with confidence, looking sharp and cautious of any mishap due to their terrible start.
On the other hand, Newcastle look bereft of confidence after two losses in the league and elimination at the hands of Sheffield Wednesday in the Capital One Cup.
Mourinho looks set to finally end his bad record at St James' Park by leading his team to a victory this weekend.
Chelsea fans, do you think Mourinho can finally win at St James' Park this weekend? Have your say in the comments section below!
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