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Newcastle vs Chelsea

Published:Friday | December 5, 2014 | 12:00 AM

NEWCASTLE (4-2-3-1)

ELLIOT, JANMAAT, DUMMETT, WILLIAMSON, HAIDARA, COLBACK, TIOTE, AMEOBI, SISSOKO, GOUFRFRAN,

CISSE

CHELSEA (4-2-3-1)

COSTA, HAZARD, SCAR, WILLIAN, MATIC, FABREGAS, AZPILICUETA, TERRY, CAHILL, IVANOVIC, COURTOIS

When Chelsea travel to the north east they will be boosted by the return of leading scorer Diego Costa, who missed Wednesday's 3-0 win against Tottenham after stacking up five cautions and serving a one-match ban.

In his absence, at Stamford Bridge, the Blues maintained their impressive unbeaten run, with goals from Eden Hazard, Didier Drogba and Loic Remy. The victory sees the Blues six points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League.

They have now won 11 of their 14 games, drawing the other three and scoring 33 goals, two more than second-place Manchester City.

It was also Chelsea's fourth successive clean sheet in the division. After securing a latest win at Stamford Bridge, they are back on the road where they have won four and drawn three of seven games, scoring 15 goals and conceding only eight.

Chelsea, though, have lost on their last two visits to St James' Park. Last season, the Blues were beaten 2-0, with goals from Yohan Goufrran and Loic Remy earning Newcastle the points. Remy, who was on loan from QPR at Newcastle at the time, has since joined Chelsea and could feature at some stage against his former club.

Newcastle go into the game hoping to return to winning ways. The Magpies had won six games in a row - including five in the Barclays Premier League - before last weekend when they lost 1-0 at West Ham. Then, on Tuesday, they

travelled to struggling Burnley and were held to a 1-1 draw with Papiss Cisse claiming a valuable point at Turf Moor.