Date: 25th August 2012 at 3:56pm
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Chelsea (4-2-3-1):

Cech (c); Ivanovic, Cahill, Luiz, Cole; Mikel, Meireles; Bertrand, Hazard, Mata; Torres

Subs: Turnbull, Essien, Romeu, Lampard, Ramires, Oscar, Sturridge.

Newcastle (4-4-2):

Krul; Simpson, Steven Taylor, Coloccini (c), Santon; Ben Arfa, Cabaye, Anita, Gutierrez; Ba, Cisse

Subs: Harper, Williamson, Perch, Marveaux, Amalfitano, Obertan, R.Taylor.

Referee: Phil Dowd

Roberto Di Matteo has made a few changes to the side that started against Reading during the 4-2 midweek win. Frank Lampard and Ramires are on the bench, whilst Raul Meireles is moved into midfield and Ryan Bertrand is restored to the starting line-up. Still no rest for Juan Mata, who has looked tired in the games he has played…and yes, I do know I keep going on about it.

The bench also makes for interesting reading as there’s not one defender there, although Romeu can play there in cases of emergency.

Score predictions, anyone?