CHELSEA

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NEWCASTLE UNITED


Stamford Bridge, London
May 02, 2012; 06:45 GMT [+5:30 IST]
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This Wednesday Chelsea will take on Newcastle United in an all important English Premier League game at Stamford Bridge to keep their hope for a top-four finish alive. Ai??The past week can easily be termed as the best in Chelseaai??i??s recent history. A week that saw Chelsea seeing off Barcelona in the epic Champions League semifinal clash, earning a point at the Emirates Ai??and then rounding up the week with a thumping victory over QPR, in a game where Torres rekindled his hunger for goals by bagging a hat-trick.

In between the fairytale run on the pitch, Chelsea had been in news off the pitch as well. The signing of Marko Marin, the Werder Bremen winger cum playmaker,Ai??can be termed as a steal. The signing indicates that from next season onwards Mata is more likely to take up a central playmaking role, with Sturridge and Marin taking over the duty on either flank. Elsewhere, Chelsea have entered into a partnership deal with Swiss Formula 1 team Sauber for commercial opportunities.Ai??Chelseaai??i??s Asian Star Programme, which will see young footballers between the age group of U-9 to U-12 to be given a chance to train at Cobham for a year if selected, was appreciated by Michel Platini, ai???Uefa welcomes the Chelsea FC Asian Star project as a means of addressing the glaring under-representation in football from the South Asian community and commend the club on their work. We wish the cub every success with this enterprise.ai???

Chelsea are currently one point behind fourth placed Spurs and fifth placed Newcastle. A win against the Magpies will surely give their hope to finish in the top four a huge boost. In the last five competitive games Chelsea have not lost even once, winning three, sharing the spoils in the rest. In the reverse fixture, Chelsea ran riot at the Sports Direct Arena against the Magpies. Theyai??i??d hope to emulate that feat again in front of their home team.

Their opponents, Newcastle United, have enjoyed this fairytale-run feeling for some time now. An attack led by Ben Arfa, Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba can pose a threat to any side. In their last meeting at the Bridge, the Magpies did share the honors as Steve Taylor scored in the stoppage time.

Newcastle have already leapfrogged Chelsea to the fifth place in the league table, courtesy four consecutive victories in the last five games. Not only that, the Magpies have not conceded even once in each of those four games. The last game played against Wigan, was, however, a wakeup call for the team to keep it from being complacent. The Latics drilled four goals against Newcastle, making the race to the top-four finish a slug-fest.

Team News and Tactical Brief

Chelsea

Owing to the importance of this game, Chelsea will surely go out with the mood for Magpie hunting. Centre halves Luiz and Cahill are set to miss this tie due to injury. Good news for Chelsea is that Ivanovic will be available for selection in this game, after serving his three-match ban.

Di Matteo is expected not to tweak around with his teamai??i??s tactical formation. Heai??i??ll go with the defense-heavy 4-2-3-1. The holding midfielders will come handy in this game against the Toon attackers, Ba and Cisse. Newcastle have been playing sleek passing football. To control the game, Chelsea need to disrupt their oppositionai??i??s build-up play and hit them on the counter in a quick switch.

Defense line will be deep. Holding midfielders will try to soak up the pressure. Lampard should play the box-to-box role, taking part in both offense and defense. Mata/Malouda and Sturridge will provide the necessary width to stretch the Toon defense during counters. Torres maybe chosen over Dorgba based on his recent goal scoring form. These are testing times for the misfiring hit-man as he knows his upcoming performances will be scrutinized by Del Bosque, the Spanish National Team coach.

Probable Starting Lineup (4-2-3-1):Ai??Cech; Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole; Meireles, Essien; Mata, Lampard, Sturridge; Torres
football formations

Newcastle United

The Magpies will have to make do without the services of Steve Taylor who has been sidelined due to Achilles problem. Guthrie and Obertan are expected to miss this clash through injury too.

Pardew is likely to retain the team that got spanked by the Latics in the last game. Heai??i??s expected to come up with the 4-4-2 formation. Cisse and Ba will play alongside each other, with Ba playing slightly behind the main target man. Ben Arfa and Gutierrez will provide the width necessary to stretch the Chelsea wingbacks. Theyai??i??ll be accompanied by the overlapping fullbacks, Santon and Simpson. Cabayeai??i??s role will be to feed the attackers with through balls. Tiote , the lone holding midfielder in the side, will have his task cut out against Lampard, the veteran Chelsea midfielder. In order to put a check on Chelseaai??i??s counter attacking moves, Ben Arfa and Gutierrez will need to proactively track back to ease the pressure off the wingbacks.

Probable Starting Lineup (4-4-2):Ai??Krul; Simpson, Santon, Coloccini, Williamson; Tiote, Cabaye, Ben Arfa, Gutierrez; Ba, Cissse

TheHardTackleai??i??s Player To Watch Out For

Papiss Cisse (NewCastle United)

Cisse - Ready To Deliver

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The Senegalese striker has been in sublime form since joining Newcastle United in the January transfer window. The striker has so far scored 11 goals in as many games. Demba Ba, wide player Ben Arfa and creative midfielder Cabaye have been providing him with chance after gilt-edged chance. The sheer pace and raw physicality of Cisse could cause trouble for the interim Chelsea centre halves, Ivanovic and Terry, who do not possess any great deal of understanding.

TheHardTackleai??i??s Prediction

Chelsea FC 2-1 Newcastle United

Last time, it was a goal fest in this fixture. With the kind of form the two teams take with them into this game, it looks good to end up as yet another goal fest. Both teams are expected to create plenty of goal-mouth movements. Chelsea may just trump their closest league table rivals with the counter attacks.

Ai??TheHardTackleai??i??s Blast From The Past

 

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5 Responses to “Chelsea v Newcastle United – Preview : The Blues Are Eager To Finish The Season On A High Note”

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  1. Pierre L says:

    Quote “Chelsea ran riot at the Sports Direct Arena against the Magpies”

    Chelsea eventually won the game 3-0 but they certainly didn’t run riot. In fact David Luiz should have been sent off after 5 minutes. Drogba scored against the run of play just before half time. Chelsea then hung on as Newcastle completely dominated the game. But in the last 5 minutes Newcastle lost both central defenders due to injury, and effectively finished the game with 9 men. Chelsea scored two goals in those last 5 minutes to give the scoreline a flattering look

    Certainly not running riot. Get your facts right.

  2. Shivam says:

    ^Somebody got irked!

  3. Souvik says:

    you surely never have seen Newcastle play! ben Arfa never plays on the left. guttierez plays on the left mostly but not now. Ba/cisse take turn to play on the left these days while jonas has slotted into the middle!

  4. Wim says:

    True, Pierre, very true, but they didn’t end with 9 men. Coloccini was replaced by Perch but Taylor, however, couldn’t be replaced because the substitutions were used. You’re 100 % right about the Luiz red card though. And we still haven’t seen Taylor back in action, which has cost us lots of points. 😉

  5. Chelsea gat to do it.they’v all it takes.winning and nothing but winning,Yeahpmen. @richy