Saturday 22nd November
Chelsea (1st) v Newcastle United (17th)
CET : 15:00
Ground: Stamford Bridge
Last 6 results :
West Brom - Chelsea 0 - 3
Chelsea - Burnley 1 - 1
Blackburn - Chelsea 0 - 2
Roma - Chelsea 3 - 1
Chelsea - Sunderland 5 - 0
Hull - Chelsea 0 - 3
Newcastle - Wigan 2 - 2
Fulham - Newcastle 2 - 1
Newcastle - Aston Villa 2 - 0
Newcastle - West Brom 2 - 1
Sunderland - Newcastle 2 - 1
Newcastle - Man City 2 - 2
Chelsea take on Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge knowing they will guarantee top spot if they notch a fifth successive Barclays Premier League victory.
Only goal difference is keeping the Magpies out of the relegation zone. They have not won on the road this season and have not beaten Chelsea in London since Andy Thomas got a brace and Peter Beardsley the other in a 1-3 victory on 22nd November 1986.
Chelsea have won their last six consecutive home league matches against Newcastle, conceding just one goal. They have kept clean sheets in nine of the 15 Premier League meetings at the Bridge.
Last season a depleted Chelsea side won this fixture 2-1 thanks to goals from Michael Essien and Salomon Kalou. A Wayne Bridge own-goal had brought Newcastle back into the match before Kalou's late strike.
chelsea team news
Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari could be without a host of star players for the match with Newcastle at Stamford Bridge.
Frank Lampard, who withdrew from the England squad to face Germany because of a rib injury, remains a doubt, while Didier Drogba is definitely out as he starts a three-match ban.
Ashley Cole (foot), Alex (thigh), and Juliano Belletti (ankle) are also doubtful, Ricardo Carvalho is almost certain to miss out with a knee injury and Michael Essien and Franco Di Santo are definitely out.
However, Scolari hopes to have Joe Cole (hamstring) and goalkeeper Petr Cech (calf) back in the squad for the match against the Magpies.
newcastle team news
Newcastle interim manager Joe Kinnear faces a defensive headache.
Steven Taylor (abdominal muscle) is still out, leaving Kinnear to chose two central defenders from Fabricio Coloccini, Sebastien Bassong and Claudio Cacapa.
Danny Guthrie is likely to deputise for Joey Barton (knee) in central midfield. Striker Mark Viduka (Achilles) is back in training but is not yet ready to return, while Xisco (hamstring), Gonzalez (Achilles) and Alan Smith (foot) are still out.
Chelsea: Cech, Cudicini, Bosingwa, Terry, Ivanovic, Bridge, Ballack, Lampard, A Cole, Alex, Belletti, Obi, Deco, Ferreira, Kalou, Malouda, Anelka, J Cole, Stoch, Mineiro.
Newcastle: Given, Harper, Beye, Enrique, N'Zogbia, Bassong, Coloccini, Cacapa, Edgar, Butt, Guthrie, Duff, Gutierrez, Geremi, Ameobi, Owen, Martins, Carroll.