Chelsea rested a number of star players in midweek when they eventually managed a narrow 1-0 victory over Swansea.

They are taking no chances today against Newcastle though.

Eden Hazard comes back in and with Morata also up front they represent two massive dangers to the Magpies.

The excellent Azpilicueta also returns for Chelsea, with summer Drinkwater coming back into midfield alongside Fabregas and Kante.

It is tough for Newcastle in the middle of the pitch up against that lot, whilst Rafa Benitez has pulled a few more surprises out of the hat.

Jonjo Shelvey fails to return to the team after being ‘rested’ against West Brom, with Isaac Hayden also left out today.

Last season’s first choice centre midfield pair of Shelvey and Hayden are ignored in favour of Diame to partner Mikel Merino – a massive call by Rafa.

Javier Manquillo’s performances faded when playing out of position at left-back, Rafa hoping he will find better form in his proper right-back position as Yedlin is dropped.

After an amazing  12 games in a row in the starting eleven, Joselu at last makes way…Dwight Gayle playing the lone role.

Chelsea start with:

Courtois, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger, Moses, Kante, Drinkwater, Fabregas, Alonso, Hazard, Morata


Caballero, Pedro, Batshuayi, Cahill, Willian, Zappacosta, Bakayoko

This is who Rafa Benitez starts with:

Darlow, Manquillo, Clark, Lejeune, Mbemba, Ritchie, Merino, Diame, Murphy, Perez, Gayle

and the Subs:

Elliot, Yedlin, Shelvey, Hayden, Aarons,  Mitrovic, Joselu

Interesting looking at the Newcastle bench, that must be the most attacking subs collection picked for some time, even Yedlin is better going forward.

Having said that, Chelsea’s bench looks half decent, with Pedro, Willian, Batshuayi…

Chelsea v Newcastle Match Betting:

Chelsea win 2/9Draw 11/2Newcastle win 16/1

NUFC to win2-0 100/1Ciaran Clark to score first goal 50/1Chelsea not to score a goal 8/1

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  • Soldier

    the team he`s selected is a massive error of judgement the bench is better than what`s on the pitch

    • Leazes Ender

      He’s written the game off.

      • Soldier

        he has at that

        • Leazes Ender

          By gum

        • GToon

          What must Hayden and Shelvey think when Diame gets the nod in front of them?

          • 1957

            Benitez wants to sell me

  • Leazes Ender

    Pay your Taxes BetVictor…. you are destroying the NHS

  • gdfgf

    game written off and there will be another trashing
    cannot imagine what follows if takeover does not happen..

    • GToon

      If it doesn’t happen we will get relegated. Ashley will drag his feet until the end of the window and sell the day after it shuts.

  • TheNutJob

    Rafa`s a genius we`re 1 up

  • Brazilian John

    Sweet illusion… 😩

  • Dillon Tovak

    Our players are weak in the 50/50’s, have poor first touches, give bad passing options and can’t pass when they do.
    Watching us at the moment is pretty painful viewing I find.

    • TheNutJob

      aye they outclass us in every area

  • GToon

    That’s not paying us respect. That’s making the most of the opportunity to boost their goal difference.

  • 1957

    Time to try to change the game in second half, Perez and SloMo off, Mitrovic and Shelvey on, if we are going down let’s go down fighting. Will it happen? No, our manager doesn’t do throwing caution to the wind, more likely Hoss for Gayle and Hayden for Merino

  • Mrkgw

    Way too little too late from Rafa. Shelvey should have been on ages ago. Useless again.

  • GToon

    All I can say after that is – Jamaal, you clearly didn’t hit him hard enough!

  • TheNutJob

    MOM Karl the kat, forget about it, move on

  • hetonmag

    Chelsea start 11 =£275m
    Newcastle start 11 =£54m

    • shellington

      Yep, Champions league club vs Championship club, it’s not even as if they have a chance of competing.