Chelsea will look to cement their grip on fourth place when they travel to St James Park to face Newcastle in the Premier League on Saturday evening.
Frank Lampard’s side are currently five points clear of nearest challengers Manchester United in fifth, with the Red Devils facing a tough test against runaway leaders Liverpool in the final game of the weekend.
The Blues have now notched back-to-back wins across all competitions against Nottingham Forest and Burnley after a disappointing run of five defeats in nine matches.
Steve Bruce’s Newcastle, meanwhile, have dropped to 13th after a sequence of four top-flight games without a win. However, they did confidently see off third-tier Rochdale in their FA Cup third-round replay in midweek.
Newcastle United’s injury crisis is beginning to ease, with forward Allan Saint-Maximin returning after a month out with a hamstring injury.
Seven players are still sidelined and Andy Carroll is a doubt, but Joelinton and Fabian Schar are available.
Chelsea have no new fitness concerns, although N’Golo Kante continues to be assessed for a hamstring problem.
Marcos Alonso could be in contention following a thigh injury but Christian Pulisic remains out.
Newcastle United have taken just four points from their last eight Premier League games against Chelsea, losing the last three.
Chelsea can win four consecutive top-flight meetings for the first time since 1958.
Chelsea’s 25 victories in this Premier League fixture is bettered only by their 29 wins against Tottenham.
Newcastle have won just once in six league matches (D1, L4).
They could lose three successive Premier League games at St James’ Park for the first time since a run of five defeats ended in October 2018.
Newcastle have conceded 127 shots on target, more than any other Premier League side.
The Magpies are the only Premier League team yet to either score or concede a penalty.
They are also the only side in the competition yet to score a goal via a substitute.
Newcastle’s average ball possession of 34% is the lowest in the Premier League.
Steve Bruce has won just one of his 22 Premier League games against Chelsea. He is winless in 10 home games against the Blues (D2, L8).
Miguel Almiron has registered four goals in seven appearances, after failing to score in his first 26 matches.
Andy Carroll has now gone 28 Premier League appearances without scoring.
The triumph against Burnley was a third win in five Premier League matches for Chelsea (D1, L1).
The Blues have claimed 22 points away from home in the Premier League, compared to 17 points at Stamford Bridge. Twenty five of their 39 league goals have come on the road.
However, Chelsea have kept just one away clean sheet, conceding 19 goals in their 11 games.
An eighth defeat of the season in this match would equal Chelsea’s total league losses from 2018-19.
Tammy Abraham is the only player in the Premier League’s top 10 goalscorers to have scored all 13 goals from open play.