PRE-MATCH BRIEFING: CHELSEA V NEWCASTLE UNITED - PART TWO
The day of our next league match is upon us and club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton finish their look at the encounter with Newcastle…
WE HAVE HISTORY
This fixture has been played at the Bridge since September 1907, when second-half goals from Jimmy Windridge and Billy Bridgeman earned the west Londoners a 2-0 win in Division One.
The same month 51 years later there was a remarkable 6-5 scoreline - a dream for newspaper sub-editors as there was a hit TV music show at the time called 'Six-Five Special.'
Desmond Hackett described it as 'a gorgeous, gurgling bit of football fun', which started on 19 minutes when brilliant 18-year-old Jimmy Greaves ghosted through the Geordie rearguard and crossed for Peter Brabrook (pictured below) to score. Thirteen minutes later reserve inside-left Bill Wright equalised after a John Mortimore error. Soon Newcastle were ahead through a Len White diving header.
Greaves hit back just before the break, weaving through three defenders to make it 2-2, and straight after the restart it was 3-2 to Chelsea, Mortimore's header hitting the bar, Greaves mopping up.
Wright's second and Newcastle's third rebounded off two Chelsea defenders and a post but counted all the same and the game turned yet again with Albert Franks' 25-yard shot after a corner: 3-4.
Amazingly, the visitors made it 3-5 when Reg Davies slipped his shot through Bill Robertson's legs. Ten minutes remained for the Blues' to salvage something when Tony Nicholas missed a golden chance. A second one presented itself to the same player almost immediately and this time he made no mistake.
Crucially two Magpies defenders then succumbed to injury and their defending collapsed in farce. Goalkeeper Stewart Mitchell attempted a throw-out to teammate Bob Stokoe, but the later Sunderland legend had his back turned and the ball simply rebounded for Ron Tindall to finish.
The Chelsea youth product then put the cap on proceedings with a brave header at full stretch to produce a final score of six goals to five.
Newcastle have won just three of their last 47 league matches at Stamford Bridge over 60 years. Their most recent success at the Bridge was in May 2012 when a Papiss Cisse brace secured the points for the Magpies.
Chelsea's win last season was our first at Stamford Bridge in the league since 2007.
Our last 10 league meetings at Stamford Bridge
2002/03 - Chelsea won 3-0
2003/04 - Chelsea won 5-0
2004/05 - Chelsea won 4-0
2005/06 - Chelsea won 3-0
2006/07 - Chelsea won 1-0
2007/08 - Chelsea won 2-1
2008/09 - Drew 0-0
2010/11 - Drew 2-2
2011/12 - Newcastle won 2-0
2012/13 - Chelsea won 2-0
The reverse fixture this season
2 November 2013 Barclays Premier League
Gouffran 68 88
Chelsea v Newcastle in all competitions
Games played 154
Chelsea wins 64
Newcastle wins 51
Head to head in the League at Stamford Bridge
Games played 68
Chelsea wins 38
Newcastle wins 11
Biggest league win at Stamford Bridge for each team
25/10/1980 - Chelsea 6-0 Newcastle
12/09/1914 - Chelsea 0-3 Newcastle
Another tough Premier League fixture looms for Chelsea on Tuesday at West Bromwich Albion - who came so close to ending Jose Mourinho's long unbeaten home league run - and he is certain to take that into account in his weekend selection. Alan Pardew has the luxury of a day longer to prepare for the visit of Tottenham on Wednesday.
Centre-forward Fernando Torres, out of action since 29 December, resumed training on Wednesday but this game comes too soon for him. Pacy new boy Mo Salah remained on the bench at the Etihad but could remind us what he is made of for the first time this weekend; he scored every time he played at the Bridge with Basel.
Oscar, a late substitute on Monday, may be back in line for a start in the no.10 role. Newcastle have proved vulnerable to counter-attacks and Mourinho will select those best placed to ruffle the Magpies' feathers.
It is pretty certain the visitors will not attack Chelsea as Man City did on Monday. In the aftermath of last week's 0-3 derby debacle, manager Pardew has promised to go 'back to basics'. Perhaps he meant a century or two.
In our 0-2 loss at St James' back in December Newcastle, and especially midfielder Moussa Sissoko, were handled leniently considering the fouls committed when Chelsea were running at them. That may not be the case with 40,000 in the crowd at the Bridge pointing out their tactics.
Pardew will be without his top two marksmen this season, suspended Loic Remy and Yohan Cabaye, who has joined PSG. The defeat by Sunderland was the first time brothers Shola and Sammy Ameobi have started a Premier League game together.
New striker signing Luuk de Jong (pictured below) came on at half-time against the Mackems and stated his intent by cracking off four shots. Willingness to have a go at goal from distance is a trait of all United's more offensive players and they are efficient at carving out chances from relatively little possession.
They are equally keen to work the ball down the flanks for crosses or play a testing ball through the middle where Hatem Ben Arfa or Sylvain Marveaux can be a threat.
De Jong is comfortable playing with his back to goal, allowing them to push defences back, whereas Remy prefers to face play and run behind the backline.
Newcastle's starting 11 in the Tyne/Wear derby had a combined goals tally this season of just five. Gabriel Obertan may return on Saturday while Pardew all but ruled out Yoan Gouffran. Cabaye set up Gouffran's second-half opener against Chelsea earlier this season.
As well as their best midfielder and attacker, the Magpies are having to make do without first-choice central defender Fabricio Coloccini and De Jong's former teammate at Twente, the Toon captain and ball-winning midfielder Cheick Tiote, who picked up a hamstring injury in training.
In Coloccini's absence the Magpies' central defence is likely to comprise Steven Taylor and Mike Williamson, with attacking full-backs Davide Santon and Mathieu Debuchy, neither of whom was taken on enough in the match at St James' Park.
The loss of Tioté will be a particular headache for Pardew, with diminutive Vurnon Anita the only other specialist deep-lying midfielder available. This is always a significant area of battle for any side facing Chelsea's buzzing attacking quartet.
A brisk, intense start for the Blues against the reeling Geordies would be in order: they have lost eight of the nine games in which they have conceded first.
A final point for stealthy Sammy Eto'o, should he feature: goalie Tim Krul is fond of charging to the edge of his area at the slightest danger.