Sat 25 Aug 2012 17:30 (Attendance: 41,718)
It's another chance to gain points on the equivalent fixtures last season as the Blues aim to banish the memory of our most recent league defeat. Club historian Rick Glanvill, club statistican Paul Dutton and former player Clive Walker trail the Tynesiders visit…
Victory this weekend would mean Roberto Di Matteo's men maintaining the three-point lead at the top of the table until next weekend, when the European champions contest the UEFA Super Cup in Monaco while the rest of the Barclays Premier League plays catch-up.
Frank Lampard continues to carve his name in the bark of our club's history. His successful penalties against Wigan and Reading (identical, it has to be said) were Chelsea's first ever in consecutive games from the start of the season.
He and right-back Branislav Ivanovic are our joint league top scorers. In all competitions our skipper in Munich has now hit 188 goals. That is five shy of Kerry Dixon's total of 193, completed in March 1992, and 14 behind Bobby Tambling's club record 202, set over 43 years ago in April 1969.
Eden Hazard's sensational start with the Blues is confirmed by his position as leading goal-maker according to official Premier League statistics (which equate penalties won to assists), with a remarkable five in two games; he is also the most fouled player (eight times). Likewise Petr Cech has made the most saves to date (15) and John Terry the most clearances (eight).
Newcastle arrive in London 48 hours after their Europa League qualifying trip to Athens, a 1-1 draw at the home of Atromitos. When push came to shove manager Alan Pardew felt confident enough to omit several key players from match against the side fourth in the Greek Super League.
As a result the likes of defender Fabricio Coloccini, midfielder Cheikh Tioté, and striker Demba Ba should be fresh for this Saturday evening clash.
In May, largely as a result of the shrewd signing of dynamic players such as Ba and Papiss Cissé, Pardew masterminded the Magpies' highest finish since Alan Shearer's swansong 2003/04 season.
Toon kicked off this campaign with a slightly fortuitous 2-1 win over our north London neighbours Spurs in unfamiliar Tyneside heat. Tottenham had the better of the game in almost all but goals. Once again the ability of their creative players to conjure goals from nothing made the difference for Newcastle.
Opportunism was the hallmark of their 2-0 win on the Fulham Road last May. This was traditionally a graveyard of the north-easterners' ambitions, with 6-0s, 5-0s and a regular sprinkling of 4-0 scorelines. But the Blues' last win in this fixture was a 2-1 back in December 2007.
This will be the Blues' first 5.30pm Saturday kick-off since Wigan away last season, a 1-1 draw. The last at Stamford Bridge ended in a comprehensive 3-1 victory over Everton. West Brom were also beaten 2-1 at home in August in this time slot.
Make a note in your diaries, by the way: Chelsea's defence of the Champions League starts with the group stage draw in Monaco on Thursday 30 August at 5pm.
Barclays Premier League fixtures
Swansea v West Ham 12.45pm - Sky Sports
Aston Villa v Everton 3pm
Manchester United v Fulham 3pm
Norwich v QPR 3pm
Southampton v Wigan 3pm
Sunderland v Reading 3pm
Tottenham v West Brom 3pm
Chelsea v Newcastle 5.30pm - ESPN
Stoke v Arsenal 1.30pm - Sky Sports
Liverpool v Manchester City 4pm - Sky Sports
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WE HAVE HISTORY
This fixture was first played in Division One on Monday 23 September 1907 - only the second home game played by the Pensioners in the top flight. Having been whacked 0-6 by Nottingham Forest two days earlier, Chelsea beat the league champions 2-0 through goals by Jimmy Windridge and Billy Bridgeman -a clever shot from Martin Moran's cross. 'The better side won a capital match,' declared the Daily Express.
Chelsea fans of a certain age fondly recall a pair of emphatic Second Division wins in 1980. The first, January that year, was under Geoff Hurst. Mickey Fillery, Clive Walker and Tommy Langley were joined on the scoresheet by Toon centre-back David Barton to make it 4-0 in front of over 32,000.
Fillery and Walker hit the net again at the Bridge in October, along with defender Gary Chivers and recent signing Colin Lee, who grabbed himself a hat-trick against hapless moustachioed keeper Kevin Carr. This was one of Chris Waddle's first matches for the Magpies, and he was subbed. The 6-0 final score made it 10-0 on aggregate for the calendar year.
Coincidentally, all three matches played between the two teams at the Bridge in the month of August, in 1967, 1998 and 2001, have ended in 1-1 draws.
Newcastle's win here last season was only their third in our previous 46 league matches at Stamford Bridge in 58 years.
That also ended our six-year unbeaten Premier League run against the Magpies as well as a spell of 18 league games unbeaten at Stamford Bridge in 26 years.
Our last 10 league meetings at Stamford Bridge
2001/02 - Drew 1-1
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
Other match last season
3 December 2011 Premier League
Drogba 37, Kalou 88
Chelsea v Newcastle in all competitions
Games played 151
Chelsea wins 63
Newcastle wins 49
Head to head in the League at Stamford Bridge
Games played 67
Chelsea wins 37
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
Chelsea won the league: 839
Newcastle won the league: 31,157
Arsenal won a trophy: 2,650
Liverpool won the league: 8,148
Chelsea have won 10 of our last 12 games at Stamford Bridge. Newcastle are the only team to have won here in that time with Tottenham gaining a point in a goalless draw.
|This season to date|
|Aug 12||Manchester City (Community Shield)||L 2-3|
|Aug 19||Wigan (a)||W 2-0|
|Aug 22||Reading (h)||W 4-2|
2012/13 Premier League scorers
Ivanovic 2, Lampard 2 (2 pens), Cahill 1, Torres 1.
League games since
A home win: 0
A home draw: 5
A home defeat: 2
|Chelsea's next three games|
|Fri 31 Aug||Atlético Madrid (Uefa Super Cup) Monaco||7.45pm|
|Sat 15 Sep||QPR away||3.00pm|
|18/19 Sep||Champions League Matchday 1||7.45pm|
Frank Lampard completed a half century of Chelsea penalties against Reading. He has an 88 per cent success rate with 44 converted in competitive matches.
Frank is now one goal away from joining our all-time top-flight goalscorer Bobby Tambling on 129; on Wednesday he drew level with Roy Bentley's 128.
John Terry needs one goal to reach 50 in all competitions for the Blues.
If selected, Florent Malouda will make his 150th Premier League appearance and Branislav Ivanovic his 150th Chelsea start in league and cup.
4 League championships, last in 1927.
6 FA Cups, last in 1955.
1 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1969.
1 FA Charity Shield in 1909.
Newcastle have been Premier League runners-up twice in 1995/96 and 1996/97. Their last major piece of silverware was the Inter Cities Fairs Cup in 1969 when they beat Hungarian side Ujpest Dozsa 6-2 over two legs.
Newcastle have lost three of their last five league games.
The Magpies away record in the Premier League last term was eight wins, three draws and eight defeats.
United need two to reach 1,000 Premier League goals.
Newcastle together with West Brom conceded nine penalties last season, more than any other Premier League club.
Manager Alan Pardew
Days in charge: 625
Newcastle last 10 year league history
|Jul 13||Chemnitzer (a)||L 0-1|
|Jul 16||AS Monaco (n)||W 1-0|
|Jul 21||Fenerbahçe (n)||D 1-1|
|Jul 27||Olympiacos (n)||D 1-1|
|Jul 28||SC Braga (n)||W 2-1|
|Aug 4||Den Haag (a)||D 0-0|
|Aug 7||Hartlepool (a)||W 5-1|
|Aug 11||Cardiff (a)||L 1-4|
|This season to date|
|Aug 18||Tottenham (h)||W 2-1|
|Aug 23||Atromitos (Europa League play-off a)||D 1-1|
2011/12 Premier League scorers
Ba 1, Ben Arfa 1
League games since
An away win: 1
An away draw: 12
An away defeat: 0
Ins Romain Amalfitano, Reims, undisclosed), Vurnon Anita (Ajax, undisclosed), Curtis Good (Melbourne Heart, undisclosed), Gael Bigirimana, (Coventry, £1m)
Outs Alan Smith, (MK Dons, free), Peter Lovenkrands (Birmingham, free), Danny Guthrie (Reading, free), Tamas Kadar (Roda FC, undisclosed), Fraser Forster (Celtic, £2.5m), Leon Best (Blackburn, £3m), Michael Hoganson (Derby, free)
Ins Eden Hazard (Lille, undisclosed), Marko Marin (Werder Bremen, undisclosed), Thorgan Hazard (Lens, undisclosed), Oscar (Internacional, undisclosed), Oscar Azpilicueta (Marseille, undisclosed), Victor Moses (Wigan Athletic, undisclosed)
Outs Didier Drogba (out of contract, now Shanghai Shenhua), Salomon Kalou (out of contract, now Lille), José Bosingwa (out of contract, now QPR), Marko Mitrovic (released, now Brescia)), Rhys Taylor (released, now Southend), Jeffrey Bruma (Hamburg, loan), Thibaut Courtois (Atlético Madrid, loan), Ulises Davila (Sabadell, loan), Kevin De Bruyne (Werder Bremen, loan), Matej Delac (Vitória Guimaräes, loan), Rohan Ince (Yeovil, loan), Tomas Kalas (Vitesse Arnham, loan), Milan Lalkovic (Vitória Guimaräes, loan), Patrick van Aanholt (Vitesse Arnham, loan), Ben Gordon (Birmingham, loan), Romulu Lukaku (West Brom, loan), Sam Walker (Bristol Rovers, loan), Sam Hutchinson (Nottingham Forest, loan), Conor Clifford (Portsmouth, loan), Josh McEachran (Middlesbrough, loan), Archange Nkumu (Yeovil, loan)
THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE
Phil Dowd last refereed Chelsea at this year's FA Cup final, a 2-1 triumph over Liverpool. His most recent Magpies game was their home win over Norwich in March. The Blues have won 19, drawn six and lost six of the games he has officiated.
There are no suspensions.
The Blues remain at the top of the Premier League, albeit having played a game more than most of our rivals, after a 2-0 win against Newcastle United, our third straight victory in less than a week.
It was an impressive performance which saw most of the damage being done before the break, as goals from Eden Hazard and Fernando Torres saw us seize the initiative.
Hazard opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 21st minute, drilling his strike beyond Tim Krul after Torres had been brought down by Vurnon Anita.
It was a goal our performance had deserved, and a minute before the break we extended our lead, this time Hazard feeding Torres, who unleashed an unstoppable strike into the top corner.
Chances were few and far between in the second half but there was little doubt that we fully deserved the three points, our first win over Newcastle at the Bridge since the 2007/08 campaign.
Next week sees an interruption to our domestic season as we take on Atletico Madrid in the Super Cup, but we resume in three weeks with a London derby against Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road.
Roberto Di Matteo made three changes to the side which beat Reading 4-2 in midweek. With captain John Terry missing with a neck injury, David Luiz came back into the side to partner Gary Cahill in central defence. Frank Lampard started on the substitutes' bench, replaced by Raul Meireles, while Ryan Bertrand, an unused sub on Wednesday, was given the nod ahead of Ramires. Petr Cech captained the side in the absence of both Terry and Lampard, while both Cesar Azpilicueta and Victor Moses, our two latest additions, played no part in the game.
Newcastle were unbeaten on their previous four league visits to Stamford Bridge, but it was the Blues who started the brighter of the two sides. Bertrand and Juan Mata linked up well down the left inside three minutes, only for the youngster to put too much weight on his cross, while soon after Meireles tried his luck with a speculative effort which sailed over the bar.
Torres then pounced on a loose ball, driving at the Newcastle defence, but after the Spaniard held it up intelligently, he laid it into the path of the advancing John Mikel Obi - a player not renowned for his goalscoring prowess - who fired over.
The visitors were content to defend deep and look to cause us problems on the break, and it was Demba Ba, scorer of their opener last week against Tottenham Hotspur, who had their first sight of goal, volleying high and wide from Hatem Ben Arfa's pass.
Hazard, so instrumental in our opening two games, had been a peripheral figure early on, but the Belgian sprung into life in the 14th minute with a quick burst and shot which was comfortable for Krul.
Three minutes later and the Blues had the best chance of the game. A deep ball from Meireles found Torres with his back to goal, and as the striker controlled it and found Bertrand, his shot, under pressure from Fabricio Collocini, was straight at Krul.
The game had started fairly slowly, but in the 20th minute we were awarded our third penalty in as many games.
Torres, who had looked lively in the early stages, darted into the Newcastle box before being tripped by Vurnon Anita, Phil Dowd showing no hesitation in pointing to the spot.
With regular penalty taker Lampard not on the field of play, it was Hazard who took responsibility, and the 21-year-old scored his first goal for the club with a powerful, low strike into the bottom corner.
Branislav Ivanovic, with two goals to his name already this campaign, almost made it three in three on the half-hour mark, rising highest to meet Ashley Cole's cross, but Krul saved well down to his right.
Ten minutes before the break we almost doubled our advantage with a flowing move down the left which ended with Fabricio Coloccini clearing Mata's dangerous cross after he was fed by Hazard.
Shortly after, the Chelsea bench were on their feet when Torres looked to have been brought down by Coloccini after evading the defender.
It seemed a strange decision, and Dowd's popularity with the home supporters took a turn for the worse when Torres was shown a yellow card for simulation.
Papiss Cisse, scorer of both Newcastle goals during their 2-0 win at the Bridge back in May, had Newcastle's first real attempt on goal as the half drew to a close, capitalising on some sloppy defending by David Luiz, but his effort was easy for Cech.
Right on the stroke of half-time it was 2-0, with Torres scoring the goal his first-half performance had merited; exchanging passes with Hazard on the edge of the box before bending a delightful effort into the top corner with the outside of his right foot, giving Krul no chance.
There were no changes to personnel for either side at the break, Di Matteo clearly content with what he'd seen in the opening 45 minutes.
The first chance of the second half fell to the visitors as they looked to reduce the two-goal deficit, Ben Arfa twisting and turning on the edge of the box before fizzing a strike narrowly past Cech's left-hand post.
As the heavens opened, the game began to open up, with Newcastle intent on forcing themselves back into it and the Blues eager to kill it off on the counter-attack.
Cech was forced into a smart save by Cisse at his near-post after Mikel's clearance had ran into the striker's path, while at the other end it took a last-ditch intervention from Yohan Cabaye to prevent Torres from meeting Mata's cross.
Both managers made their first changes of the evening shortly after the hour mark, with Ramires replacing Mata for the Blues in a bid to inject some fresh legs, while Ryan Taylor came on at the expense of Danny Simpson for Pardew's side.
With much of the game being played in the middle of the park as both defences looked to keep it tight, there was little goalmouth action to speak of at either end.
David Luiz and Meireles fired successive free-kicks over the bar for Chelsea, and with the clock ticking down, Pardew made his final two substitutions, Sylvain Marveaux and James Perch replacing Davide Santon and Cabaye respectively.
Bertrand almost put the game out of Newcastle's reach with a low drive from outside the box, and would have, but for a deflection which saw it deflected behind for a corner.
With seven minutes left to play Newcastle were almost back in the game, Ba reacting quickest to a loose ball in the Chelsea penalty area, but as the striker fired towards goal, Cech made a stunning save low down to his right to deny him.
Lampard was introduced for Meireles with three minutes remaining as Di Matteo looked to utilise the midfielder's experience and see the game out, and with Newcastle still hoping to force a nervy finish, David Luiz suffered a head injury as he collided with Ba clearing a dangerous cross.
Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech (c); Ivanovic, Cahill, David Luiz, Cole; Meireles (Lampard 87), Mikel; Mata (Ramires 67), Hazard, Bertrand; Torres.
Unused substitutes: Turnbull, Essien, Romeu, Oscar, Sturridge.
Scorers Hazard 22 (pen), Torres 45+2
Booked Torres 39
Newcastle United (4-4-2): Krul; Simpson (R Taylor 63), S Taylor, Coloccini (c), Santon (Marveaux 74); Ben Arfa, Cabaye (Perch 77), Anita, Gutierrez; Ba, Cisse.
Unused substitutes: Harper, Williamson, Obertan, Amalfitano.
Referee Phil Dowd