This is our predicted line-up for this afternoon’s match at Chelsea. It is an unchanged side from the 1-0 victory against Manchester United two weeks ago.
We believe Steve Bruce with stay with the same eleven that were able to get the job done a few weeks ago. Though, if he does decide to make a change, we think it could be Andy Carroll in for Joelinton and Emil Krafth in for DeAndre Yedlin.
Both teams have three players unavailable through injury or suspension. Steve Bruce, though, has the same players to choose from as a few weeks ago. Isaac Hayden is still serving his suspension for the sending of at Leicester City. It’s still too soon for Florian Lejeune and Matt Ritchie.
Chelsea will have a strong team to select from except in central defense. The international break was harsh on them with defender Andreas Christensen and midfielder N’Golo Kante both getting slight injuries.
Center-back Antonio Rudiger is still struggling to return after playing only 45 minutes this season. He made his return from April knee surgery after the last international break against Wolves. However, he suffered a groin injury in the first half that still has him sidelined.
Florian Lejeune – knee, Matt Ritchie – ankle
Antonio Rudiger – groin, Andreas Christensen – hamstring, N’Golo Kante – groin
In our poll for this match, 46% of the 1,255 votes think the lads will lose at Stamford Bridge. Though it is interesting that a majority of the voters think Newcastle will get a result. 54% of the total votes were for either a win or a draw in the match. We like the sound of that.
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