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Newcastle United v Chelsea – Match Preview

8 years ago
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More than a few people have noticed that while Peter Beardsley obviously  loved saying…’obviously’, in the case of Alan Pardew he is seemingly obsessed with getting ‘over the line’.

We’ve just come out of the January transfer window where we had daily updates as to whether transfers were going to get over that ‘line’, now it is back to the actual matches.

Alan Pardew belatedly found the line and got across it on Tuesday night, a long and painful 38 days since they last did it against QPR.

Now the manager has turned his attention to finding the line against Chelsea today;

“Recently a little bit of pressure has gone their way due to a few draw when they have looked like they were going to win.

Sometimes you play really well but can’t get over the line and get that win and I believe that is where they are at.

They’ll be searching for that against us, I’m hoping that we can stay in the match and they will get edgy towards the end and see a victory out”.

Looking at the visitors’ recent results there is every reason for Newcastle to have a right go at them today. Respect yes, fear them – no.

Since the turn of the year Chelsea (in all competitions) have lost to QPR and Swansea, then managed to draw with Brentford, Reading and Swansea, often throwing away winning positions.

As an added bonus, the blues come up north with a manager in Benitez who is about as popular as Geordie Danny Graham is down in mackem land.

In terms of injuries, it is reported that Luiz is out, while Hazard is also missing after the bizarre/hilarious ballboy incident.

Most Newcastle eyes will be on whether Benitez starts Demba Ba but all the signs are that the Chelsea manager continues to favour Torres despite what seemingly most Chelsea think.

Mata has been by far the visitors best player and already has a remarkable nine goals and nine assists in the Premier League. It just shows how far behind our national team is when a player like that struggles to get anywhere near Spain’s first eleven.

A couple of weeks ago I’d have been climbing out of bed with the weight of the world on my shoulders thinking about this match.

However, the recent signings and return of Taylor & Cabaye (brilliant goals against Reading and Villa yet 17/1 first goal!) will have me skipping up to St.James’ Park today.

Not that I’m thinking it is a certainty that we will win (though I do think 3/1 on an NUFC win is generous, more that after that first half at Villa Park I now see a team who can potentially give Chelsea a game AND maybe play some cracking football.

Some interesting selection dilemmas for Alan Pardew but I fancy he could start with;

Krul, Santon, Coloccini, Taylor, Santon, Anita, Jonas, Cabaye, Gouffran, Sissoko, Cisse

NUFC To Beat Chelsea 3/1
NUFC To Win 1-0 13/1
Cabaye To Score First 17/1

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