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Chelsea just might be catching Newcastle at the best possible time: no manager, players leaving for the African Cup of Nations and 12 injuries.

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Chelsea vs. Newcastle United

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Talking Points:

Newcastle won at home to end Chelsea's unbeaten streak

Most Chelsea fans used not having Matic as the excuse

Newcastle are coming off a 3-1 loss to Manchester United and a 1-0 loss in the FA Cup to Leicester City

Newcastle doesn't have a manager at the moment, only a caretaker. This shouldn't change too much though, right? I mean he's essentially just maintaining what Alan Pardew was doing.

Rumors that Mike Ashley wants to sell the club. How does that affect the team's focus?

Moussa Sissoko rumored to be heading to Paris Saint Germain

Chelsea are 9-0-0 at Stamford Bridge, but are coming off a heavy loss to Tottenham Hotspur and an expected win against Watford FC in the FA Cup

Chelsea don't have any reported injuries nor anybody going to the African or Asian Cup thanks to Didier Drogba turning down that opportunity

Newcastle have two players at the African Cup: Papiss Cisse (thankfully!) and Cheick Tiote and 12 reported injuries mainly to the defensive unit, right?

Tim Krul looks set to return though

FourFourTwo Highlights

Key Battle: Diego Costa vs Paul Dummett

Newcastle have scored more goals via substitutes than anybody else (cough Cisse, cough)

Chelsea score on 18% of shots and their shots are on frame 50% or the time (most in PL)

Last 6 matches

CFC: 3-1-2

Newcastle: 2-1-3

Standings

CFC: 1st*

Newcastle: 10th

Past meeting:

December, 2014 - CFC 1-2 NUFC

Predictions

FourFourTwo: CFC 3-0 Newcastle

Brandon: CFC 2-0 Newcastle

Dan: CFC 2-0 Newcastle

Nick: CFC 3-1 Newcastle

Robert: CFC 2-1 Newcastle

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