Chelsea v Newcastle preview

Date published: Friday 24th August 2012 9:13

Chelsea are likely to be without captain John Terry due to a neck injury.

David Luiz is expected to be fit after sitting out the 4-2 victory over Reading in midweek.

Marko Marin remains unavailable because of a hamstring injury.

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew will make late checks on skipper Fabricio Coloccini and striker Demba Ba.

The pair were among nine men who missed or were rested for the 1-1 Europa League play-off draw at Atromitos last night, the Argentinian with a thigh problem and the Senegal international with a sore shin.

Pardew is hoping both will be fit after training in London on Friday evening, although Cheick Tiote (calf) and Shola Ameobi (hamstring) remain doubts.

Chelsea (from): Cech, Ferreira, Ivanovic, Cahill, Luiz, Cole, Bertrand, Mikel, Meireles, Malouda, Lampard, Ramires, Mata, Hazard, Oscar, Piazon, Torres, Sturridge, Turnbull.

Newcastle (from): Krul, Elliot, Harper, Santon, R. Taylor, Tavernier, Coloccini, Perch, Williamson, S. Taylor, Simpson, Cabaye, Gutierrez, Obertan, Marveaux, Gosling, Anita, Bigirimana, Amalfitano, Cisse, Ba, Campbell.

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Chelsea v Newcastle preview

Date published: Friday 13th May 2011 2:18

Fernando Torres will start for Chelsea, manager Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed.

Torres was dropped for Sunday’s defeat at Manchester United, which all but ended the champions’ faint title hopes.

Jose Bosingwa will miss the final two matches of the campaign with a knee injury, while young full-back Ryan Bertrand (hamstring) will also sit out the Newcastle game.

Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote will not be risked to prevent him starting the new season with a suspension.

The Ivory Coast international is unlikely to figure in the final game against West Brom either after picking up his 14th booking last weekend, although manager Alan Pardew has admitted his is unlikely to use Alan Smith as a direct replacement following his return from a lengthy absence with an ankle ligament injury.

Kevin Nolan (ankle) and Steve Harper (knee) are both out after surgery this week and join Mike Williamson (broken arm), Hatem Ben Arfa (double leg fracture), Stephen Ireland and Leon Best (both ankle), Danny Guthrie (shin) and Dan Gosling (knee) on the sidelines. Youngsters Sammy Ameobi – the younger brother of Shola – Kazenga LuaLua and Greg McDermott are included in the squad.

Chelsea (from): Cech, Ferreira, Terry, Luiz, Alex, Ivanovic, Zhirkov, Cole, Zhirkov, Mikel, Essien, Ramires, Lampard, Benayoun, Kalou, Malouda, Anelka, Torres, Drogba, Turnbull.

Newcastle (from): Krul, Soderberg, Simpson, Ferguson, Enrique, Coloccini, S. Taylor, R. Taylor, Barton, Gutierrez, Vuckic, Tavernier, Richardson, Lovenkrands, Shola Ameobi, Ranger, Kuqi, LuaLua, McDermott, Donaldson, Sammy Ameobi.

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