Newcastle vs Chelsea – 5 Key Tactical Battles That Could Decide The Game

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Newcastle United will try for their first win in four matches in all competitions against second place Chelsea in Saturday’s lunchtime offering from the Premier League.

Alan Pardew and the Magpies lost another Tyne-Wear derby to neighbours and bitter rivals Sunderland last weekend and then crashed out of the Capital One Cup in extra time with a fourth round home defeat by Manchester City.

Jose Mourinho’s Blues meanwhile put City to the sword in a meeting of title contenders on Sunday and their second string proved too strong for Arsenal in the cup midweek.

Omens are not exactly encouraging for Newcastle coming into this latest test – they have only beaten Chelsea once in their last seven meetings at St James’ Park.

The Blues also rested ten of the XI that started the win over City. Yet the Toon gave a good account of themselves against the same opposition, forcing Manuel Pellegrini’s team to an additional half hour in cup action.

For a full preview of Newcastle’s match with Chelsea, complete with team news, stats and likely line-ups, read another piece from Joe Dempsey.

Here we look to five key tactical battles that may result in Mourinho’s men going to the Premier League summit – for a few hours at least – or help to move the Magpies up into the top half.

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