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Eden Hazard of Chelsea breaks clear of Jack Colback of Newcastle United (Image: Tony Marshall/Getty Images

Newcastle vs Chelsea
Sunday, 26 August

VenueSt James’ Park

Time8:45PM NST.

Channel Information: (Nepal)
Star Sports Select HD1 and Star Sports Select 1

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Screening Information: N/A

Refree: Paul Tierney 

Team News:

  • Hazard is expected to start against Newcastle, as hinted by Sarri earlier.
  • Kenedy is ineligible to face Chelsea(his parent Club)

  • Cesc Fabregas remains a doubt to feature (knee injury) against Newcastle.

  • Kovacic (who impressed earlier against Arsenal ) could be featured in last minutes.

Current Form:

Newcastle United: LD

Chelsea: WW

  • Predicted Lineup:

Newcastle: Dubravka; Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett; Ritchie, Shelvey, Diame, Murphy; Perez; Rondon

Chelsea : Kepa, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso, Kante, Jorginho, Barkley, Pedro, Morata, Hazard


St James’ Park has been close to a tough ground for Chelsea in recent years. The blues have managed just one win in the last six attempts and this victory came almost seven years ago under AVB. Since then, Newcastle have been able to claim four victories. Most of Chelsea’s success against Newcastle has been at Stamford Bridge, but Maurizio Sarri’s men travel to the north-east in a buoyant mood after picking up back-to-back wins. However, Newcastle may be able to extend their wonderful streak against Chelsea but Im going for a narrow win for Chelsea. Though Newcastle United has only grabbed a point from the opening two games against Spurs and Cardiff, they still look very sharp on the ground. They shared 15 shots each with Spurs in the opening game hitting the woodwork twice and was denied a win after Kenedy failed to score from the spot. With their best man[kenedy] on the ground against Spurs is now not able to feature against Chelsea, Chelsea should look stiff defensively. However, everyone knows how open our defense can be after the game against Arsenal. It would be very hard to keep a cleansheet. Hazard sets to start his first Premier League game against Newcastle on Sunday. It would be very hard for Benetiz to choose a proper right back after Manquillo was subbed off due to injury after the first half and the substitute Hayden was sent off. It seems Rafa will find hard to get a solution in the right back position with Hazard returning after registering two assists with just 33 minutes on the ground. My Prediction will be 1-2 to Chelsea; a win after seven years at St. James Park. The Man of the Match award to Eden Hazard.

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