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How should Chelsea line up against Newcastle United in Saturday's late kick-off?

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Eleven matches unbeaten now, yet still only seven points above the drop zone.  That's what six draws and just two wins from eight (12 points from 24) will get you.  Chelsea will be looking put a bit more of a shine on that streak in Saturday's late kick-off when Newcastle United come to town.  Newcastle also collected just their second win (in their last nine), but it's been enough to move them out of the relegation zone thanks to Norwich City's horrendous streak of five losses in a row.

As it has been the case on a couple occasions in recent months, Chelsea are looking at a week with three matches of increasing difficulty and importance.  Though I suppose it's up for debate which of PSG away in the Champions League Round of 16 (first leg) or Manchester City at home in the 5th round of the FA Cup is more important or tougher than the other.  What is certain is that they're both of greater significance than a league match against Newcastle United, so perhaps keep that in mind when choosing your starting lineup.  (Guus Hiddink may not keep that in mind, especially considering prior evidence, but this is about your choices, not the manager's.)

As far as availabilities are concerned, Loïc Rémy may or may not be available (nobody seems to be talking about him in any other capacity than rumors of a move to China) but Radamel Falcao most certainly won't be.  Alexandre Pato is on the list, as is Matt Miazga, but I'm not sure if we should expect either of them to play a part just yet.  Kurt Zouma is the big injury loss, though his absence will be felt more keenly later this week, I suspect.

Choose wisely.

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