Chelsea take on Newcastle this evening in a big game at both ends of the Premier League table.
Chelsea beat Sheffield United last weekend and can move up to fourth in the top-flight tonight.
Newcastle, meanwhile, saw off Southampton last time out and need to keep their good form going in order to move away from the relegation zone.
The Toon are 17th in the table and seven points ahead of Fulham.
Chelsea beat Newcastle 2-0 at St James’ Park in November with a Federico Fernandez own goal and Tammy Abraham securing the points for the visitors.
Chelsea v Newcastle: How to watch
This match will be held at Stamford Bridge on Monday, February 15 and will kick-off at 8pm.
This game is being broadcast on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League from 7pm.
Sky Sports customers can live stream this via the app using their mobile, tablet or computer devices.
If not, you can purchase a Sky Sports Day Pass from NowTV for £9.99.
Chelsea v Newcastle: Team news
Chelsea striker Timo Werner should be fit to return for the visit of Newcastle.
The Germany international has been struggling with a dead leg but is back in full training.
Thiago Silva will miss out however, as the Brazil defender continues to nurse a thigh complaint.
Newcastle, meanwhile, will be without four key players for the trip to Stamford Bridge.
Callum Wilson, Fabian Schar and Javier Manquillo are all facing up to eight weeks on the sidelines with injuries suffered during last Saturday’s 3-2 win over Southampton.
Jeff Hendrick is suspended after being sent off against the Saints.
Ciaran Clark is available again, while fellow defenders Jamaal Lascelles and Federico Fernandez will be assessed as they close in on returns.
Chelsea v Newcastle: What has been said?
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel: “In a moment when I’m happy I can tell them that I’m happy with the attitude, the performance and the atmosphere in the dressing room.
“There’s no harm in that, I don’t hold it back. Of course, if it’s absolutely necessary, I can be totally emotional, I can also be a shouter, if I have the feeling that this is the minute to do it, and to surprise.
“If you do it all the time nobody would listen, because it just becomes a habit. The goal is to stay a bit unpredictable, to be sometimes absolutely emotional, to be most of the time reasonable.
“For me it is also important that we build a trust and a relationship that we can rely on.
“You don’t punish and insult and shout at people in front of a group, that’s unacceptable, but if we have to point things out clear, I’m a big fan of doing that in front of the whole group.
“If we have behaviour that does harm to the group, that’s causing trouble for the team on the pitch, we should tell the players individually, but also I believe strongly that the group has to handle things and every person needs to have the personality to swallow some criticism in front of the group.
“Then no harm is done and we can speak openly.”
Chelsea v Newcastle: Match stats and facts
- Chelsea have only lost one of their 25 home Premier League games against Newcastle United (W18 D6), a 2-0 defeat in May 2012.
- Newcastle have lost their last seven away league games against Chelsea, scoring just three goals and conceding 18.
- Chelsea are looking to win eight consecutive home top-flight matches against an opponent for the first time since winning nine in a row against West Brom between 1984 and 2013.
- Newcastle have won two away Premier League games in London this season, beating West Ham and Crystal Palace. The Magpies haven’t won three in a season in the capital since the 2013-14 campaign, beating Spurs, West Ham and Crystal Palace.
- Chelsea have won their last three Premier League matches, as many as they had in their previous 11 (W3 D3 L5). The Blues have conceded just one goal in their four league games under Thomas Tuchel, while they’ve faced on average just five shots per game under the German, compared to 10.1 under Frank Lampard in the league this term.
- Newcastle have won two of their last three Premier League games (L1), as many as they had in their previous 13 in the competition (D2 L9). The Magpies are looking to win consecutive away league games for the first time since July 2020.
- Newcastle have lost 14 of their last 18 Premier League matches played on a Monday (W2 D2), failing to score in 13 of those matches, including each of the last four.
- Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has never previously managed a top-flight match on a Monday – his last match in any competition on this day was in August 2016, leading Borussia Dortmund to a 3-0 win in the first round of the DFB-Pokal against SV Eintracht Trier 05.
- Only against Aston Villa (9) has Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud scored more Premier League goals than he has versus Newcastle (8). However, those eight goals against the Magpies all came in his first six appearances against them, with the Frenchman failing to score in his last seven.
- Miguel Almiron has scored three goals in his last four Premier League games for Newcastle, as many as in his previous 32 in the competition. However, all four of his strikes this season have come in home games.