Opposition Scouting Report: Newcastle United vs Chelsea
Chelsea are going all guns blazing, and it seems they have steadied the ship as they are back on track after three consecutive wins in three different competitions, showing why they were the champions of the previous season.
While the best of form hasn’t still been resurrected but Chelsea could get a strong foothold from the next match as they look set to face Newcastle United at St. James’ Park. St James’ Park hasn’t been the happiest hunting grounds for the Blues but this time with Newcastle occupying the penultimate spot Chelsea could seal the deal.
Newcastle United Football Club (often abbreviated to NUFC) is an English professional association football club based in Newcastle Upon Tyne The club was founded in 1892 by the merger of Newcastle East End and Newcastle West End and has played at its current home ground, St. James’ Park, ever since. The ground was developed into an all-seater stadium in the mid-1990s and now has a capacity of 52,405.
The club has been a member of the Premier League for all but two years of the competition’s history and has never dropped below English football’s second tier since joining the Football League in 1893. The club has been owned by Mike Ashley since 2007, succeeding long term chairman and owner Sir Jon Hall.
Newcastle United are having a pathetic season. They are currently occupying the 19th spot just above their crosstown rivals Sunderland; a goal difference splits both the Tyne-Wear sides. Newcastle have lost four of their previous fixtures, losing to Arsenal, West Ham, and Watford in the Premier League. They lost their previous game against Sheffield Wednesday. Their only victory came against Northampton, a fourth tier club.
Form Guide: W-L-L-L-L
Injuries and Suspensions:
Newcastle United doesn’t have any suspensions as of now. However, they have a total of 11 players injured. Paul Dummett and Steven Taylor are suffering from hamstring problem whereas Cheik Tiote, Emmanuel Riviere and Moussa Haidara are out due to a knee injury. Midfielders Roland Aarons and Jack Colback will be missing the game due to a calf/shin injury. Curtis Good, Sylvain Marveaux, Karl Darlow and Daryl Janmaat will also be missing the encounter.
Key Player: Papiss Demba Cisse
Papiss Demba Cisse might not be an essential player in the Newcastle lineup if you consider players Moussa Sissoko, Georginio Wijnaldum or Chancel Mbemba, but the Senegalese man has been a major goal threat for Chelsea. The forward scored twice the previous season as Chelsea lost their first game to Newcastle. Also, his crazy curling goal is still itched in the minds of Newcastle fans.
The major problem with Newcastle is their form and work ethic. The team has spent a lot on new players and a new coach, which is a reason the team hasn’t really gelled well. The main drawback for Newcastle is its defending. According to WhoScored.com, Newcastle United’s weaknesses are defending against long shots, defending against through ball attacks, defending against skillful players, defending against attacks down the wings, defending counter attacks and aerial duels.
Head to Head:
Newcastle United and Chelsea have squared off 157 times, and Chelsea have won 52 games whereas Newcastle have clinched a total of 67 games. The rest of the 38 games between the two sides have ended in a draw.
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Edited By: Karan Dubey
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