Preview: Chelsea vs. Newcastle United

Preview: Chelsea vs. Newcastle United
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Sports Mole previews Chelsea's home fixture against Newcastle United on Saturday.

Chelsea welcome Newcastle United to Stamford Bridge for their third Premier League fixture inside a week.

The Blues made it two wins out of two with a 4-2 victory over Reading on Wednesday night, while the Magpies defeated Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 on the opening day of the season.

David Luiz has regained fitness after sitting out the win over Reading with a knee problem, but Roberto Di Matteo may keep faith with Gary Cahill. Aside from Marko Marin, the Italian has no other injury worries.

Fabio Coloccini has recovered from a thigh strain and could be named in an otherwise unchanged lineup. Shola Ameobi has overcome a similar problem and may start from the bench.

Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Cole; Essien, Lampard, Ramires, Hazard, Mata; Torres

Newcastle: Krul; Simpson, S Taylor, Coloccini, Santon; Ben Arfa, Tiote, Cabaye, Gutierrez; Ba, Cisse

Sports Mole says: 2-1

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