Chelsea vs. Newcastle United: Lineups & Game Thread

Mike Hewitt

Meanwhile, Liverpool are absolutely destroying the Gunners.  A golden opportunity then, to overtake Arsenal.

"This season we have played beautiful games against the big sides and we've shown that we are a great team capable of beating anybody anywhere."

"We hope to continue like that. We have very important competitions with the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup and we have to face some very good teams. We have to make sure we keep getting good results both at home and away."

-Oscar; source: Chelsea FC

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Chelsea starting lineup (4-2-3-1):
Petr Cech | Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Gary Cahill, Branislav Ivanovic | Frank Lampard, Nemanja Matic | Eden Hazard, Oscar, Willian | Samuel Eto'o

Substitutes from: Mark Schwarzer, Ashley Cole, Mikel, Ramires, Andre Schurrle, Mohamed Salah, Demba Ba

Newcastle United starting lineup (4-2-3-1):
Tim Krul | Paul Dummett, Steven Taylor, Mike Williamson, Mathieu Debuchy | Davide Santon, Vurnon Anita | Sammy Ameobi, Moussa Sissoko, Hatem Ben Arfa | Luuk de Jong

Substitutes from: Rob Elliot, Massaido Haïdara, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Dan Gosling, Sylvain Marveaux, Shola Ameobi, Adam Armstrong

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As expected, Mourinho rolls with a strong lineup.  John Terry is the surprise omission - he must've been one of the mystery players carrying knocks whom José referenced in his press conference.  Lampard returns to the starting lineup after sitting a couple out.

Congratulations to Branislav Ivanovic, who's making his 250th appearance for Chelsea.

Newcastle reply with similar intent, but with the amount of injuries in the squad are forced into playing a full back in midfield.  De Jong gets his first start for the club, otherwise it's basically the same lineup that lost 0-3 to Sunderland last weekend.

UP THE BLUES!

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