Newcastle United look to slow down Chelsea’s explosive attack

Following the international break, Newcastle United will try to upset the highest-scoring side in the Premier League.

Newcastle United turned in a sloppy performance in their last Premier League match as they lost to Southampton, 2-0. After the international break that followed, the Magpies are looking to get back to their winning ways when they host Chelsea at St. James’ Park.

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Newcastle United: Karl Darlow

Last season, Martin Dubravka had to make some big stops in the matchups vs. Chelsea. This year, Frank Lampard’s have a Premier League-leading 20 goals in their eight matches.

If Newcastle wants to come away with a result tomorrow, Darlow will likely have to come up with some massive saves.

Chelsea: Hakim Ziyech

The Moroccan playmaker picked up two assists in Chelsea’s win over Sheffield United and scored one goal and added an assist in the match prior.

He is showcasing the skills that made him a prize acquisition entering the season. Newcastle United’s Jamal Lewis will need to take away his space on the flank.

NUFC Player Availability Update

Steve Bruce confirmed that Ryan Fraser will be out, while Callum Wilson, Jonjo Shelvey, and Matt Ritchie all trained this week. He indicated it is probably too early to play Shelvey (and likely Ritchie), and said Wilson will only play if there’s no risk involved. Paul Dummett is still not ready for a return.

The Newcastle boss also mentioned that Miguel Almiron didn’t get back to Newcastle until late last night and that they’ll have to wait and see on him.

Newcastle United will win if…

They can keep Chelsea honest defensively. Clearly, if you’ve watched either side this season, Chelsea will carry the majority of possession and chances in the attack and Newcastle United will sit deep defensively.

The key for Newcastle will be making sure the Blues can’t simply put their foot fully down on the gas pedal. If Allan Saint-Maximin and the attacking players can get some opportunities on the break, they will give Chelsea something to think about that could slow down their attacking pressure at least a little bit.