Kick-off: Saturday, December 2, 2017. 12:30 GMT
Venue: Stamford Bridge
It’s Match Day 15, and Chelsea will be up against Newcastle at Stamford Bridge this afternoon.
The game kicks off at lunchtime and it sure promises to be an exciting cracker against Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle.
Chelsea are 3rd on the table and the Magpies have slipped down to 12th after a bright start to the season.
Before their 2-2 draw with West Brom in mid-week, Newcastle had lost four matches on the bounce and have one just once in their last six games. For Chelsea, the Blues have picked a bit of form in the Premier League and have now won five of their last six league games.
The last time these two sides met, Chelsea won the game 5-1 on February 13 2016. In the last five meetings between Chelsea and Newcastle, the Blues have won three, one ended in a draw and lost 2-1 at the Saint James Park on December 6, 2014.
Chelsea have only lost one of their last 22 top-flight home games against Newcastle (W15, D6).
Newcastle’s only away victory against Chelsea in the Premier League came in May 2012, with the Magpies winning 2-0 thanks to a brace by Papiss Cisse.
Chelsea’s defence have gotten stronger since Antonio Conte’s tactical switch as the side have kept four clean sheets in their last five top-flight games, conceding just once – at Liverpool.
Willian who has been in form of late, scored in both fixtures the last time these sides met in the 2015-16 campaign; Newcastle are one of four clubs he’s scored home and away against in the Premier League (along with Everton, Southampton and Stoke).
The Magpies have won just one of their last 18 Premier League away games (D4, L13).
Rafael Benitez never has it good on Chelsea’s ground as he has only won one of 12 competitive games as an opposition manager at Stamford Bridge, all with Liverpool (D4, L7).