While the Magpies head into the game having failed to win any of their last four games in the top flight, a 4-1 victory over Rochdale in the FA Cup has helped boost morale at St James' Park.
While Frank Lampard has witnessed his side produce inconsistent performances throughout the first half of the season, the Blues have still remained in the top four, providing the squad with the incentive to improve as the campaign progresses.
The Boxing Day setback at home to Southampton would have infuriated Lampard, especially with a below-par performance coming off the back of their most complete display of his tenure at Tottenham Hotspur.
However, the Blues have since put together a run of three wins and a draw from their last four games in all competitions, including back-to-back clean sheets at home to Nottingham Forest and Burnley.
Lampard has been outspoken about his team's failure to take their chances in the final third, although keeping shutouts at the opposite end of the pitch is a priority given their struggles during the opening five months of the season.
Despite spending much of the campaign as backup to Kurt Zouma, Fikayo Tomori and Antonio Rudiger, the recent clean sheets have coincided with the recall handed to Andreas Christensen, who has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge.
Whether the Dane will continue to hold down a role in the first XI going forward remains to be seen, but his performances have ended Chelsea's search for a new centre-back during the January transfer window.
Providing that Chelsea can keep things tight in front of Kepa Arrizabalaga, Lampard will feel that things will inevitably improve in the final third of the pitch given the welcome return to form of Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ross Barkley.
While the English playmakers still have some way to go to fully win over the club's supporters, they add an extra dimension to this team, and that can only help their cause during the next four months.
The Paraguayan has contributed four goals from his last seven outings, including strikes which have guided the Magpies to four points against Crystal Palace and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The playmaker's efforts also helped Newcastle get the better of Rochdale in the FA Cup, lifting the mood at St James' Park after four matches without a win in the Premier League.
The results in the top flight have led to Newcastle dropping down to 13th position in the standings, just five points above the relegation zone.
That will be a concern for Bruce, especially with the North-East outfit having to make trips to Everton and Arsenal over the next four weeks.
However, Newcastle have shown in the past that they are capable of raising their game in front of their own supporters, with four points being recorded against the two Manchester clubs earlier in the season.
Bruce will naturally call for the same kind of desire shown in those fixtures, while Newcastle fans will now be behind forward Joelinton after he ended his 20-match streak without a goal.
As Almiron has shown, breaking that run could soon result in contrasting fortunes, and the target man will relish the physical battle with Chelsea's backline this weekend.
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However, should N'Golo Kante recover from a hamstring injury, the Frenchman is in line to feature ahead of the Englishman.
Having come through unscathed against Rochdale in midweek, Jamaal Lascelles should line up in the middle of the backline.
Newcastle United possible starting lineup:
Dubravka; Hayden, Fernandez, Lascelles, Lejeune, Willems; Ritchie, Shelvey, S.Longstaff, Almiron; Joelinton
Chelsea possible starting lineup:
Arrizabalaga; James, Rudiger, Zouma, Azpilicueta; Barkley, Jorginho, Kovacic; Willian, Hudson-Odoi, Abraham
Head To Head
Saturday's encounter will represent the 166th competitive meeting between the two clubs, with Chelsea registering 73 wins in comparison to 53 victories for Newcastle.
The Magpies hold a relatively strong record against Chelsea in the North-East over recent years, claiming four triumphs from the last half-a-dozen matches.
However, Chelsea have prevailed in six of their last seven games in all competitions, which includes a 2-1 success on their last visit to this ground in August 2018.
We say: Newcastle United 2-2 Chelsea
With Newcastle having found some confidence going forward, we feel that this will turn out to be a closely-fought contest. However, the Blues should be better for having no game in midweek, and that could lead to an entertaining draw being played out at St James' Park.
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