TEAM NEWS: CHELSEA V NEWCASTLE UNITED

Posted on: Sat 25 Aug 2012

Raul Meireles will start his first game of the season with Frank Lampard named among the substitutes.

There is another change in midfield with Ryan Bertrand returning on the left so Juan Mata is expected to move to the right with Ramires making way.

David Luiz is the natural replacement for John Terry who has a neck injury. Petr Cech is captain.

Newcastle make two changes from the opening league win. Fabricio Coloccini returns to central defence in place of James Perch but there is no Cheick Tiote so Vurnon Anita starts.

Chelsea are expected to line up in the following 4-2-3-1 formation:

1 Petr Cech (c)
2 Branislav Ivanovic
24 Gary Cahill
4 David Luiz
3 Ashley Cole
12 John Mikel Obi
16 Raul Meireles
10 Juan Mata
17 Eden Hazard
34 Ryan Bertrand
9 Fernando Torres

Substitutes: 22 Ross Turnbull, 5 Michael Essien, 6 Oriol Romeu, 7 Ramires, 8 Frank Lampard, 11 Oscar, 23 Daniel Sturridge.

Newcastle are expected to line up in the following 4-4-2 formation:

Krul; Simpson, S Taylor, Coloccini, Santon; Ben Arfa, Cabayé, Anita, Gutiérrez; Cissé, Ba.

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

The referee is Phil Dowd.

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