Chelsea FC have named their starting XI for the match against Newcastle United, and the Blues have had three big changes today.
Centre-back Kurt Zouma has been ruled out for six months with an anterior cruciate ligament injury, and will be replaced by Gary Cahill in this match. Manager Guus Hiddink has gone for an attacking change in midfield, bringing in Pedro instead of John Obi Mikel. Cesc Fabregas slots into the two-man midfield pivot beside Nemanja Matic.
The third change is a direct swap, with Eden Hazard coming in for Oscar. Here is Chelsea FC’s confirmed starting XI.
Team to face Newcastle: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Fabregas, Matic; Pedro, Willian, Hazard; Diego Costa. #CFC
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 13, 2016
Newcastle United on the other hand, have not made any change to their team that won 1-0 against West Brom last weekend. Here’s the Newcastle confirmed starting XI.