The longest trip of the season awaits Chelsea on Saturday, and our preview of Newcastle away continues with the key facts and figures...
Newcastle vs Chelsea head to head record
The Blues and the Magpies meet for the 50th occasion in the Premier League. Chelsea have won 25, Newcastle 12 and there have been 12 draws.
Newcastle have taken four points from their last eight Premier League games against Chelsea, losing the last three.
We are hoping to complete the double over Newcastle for the second consecutive season.
Chelsea are looking to record consecutive away Premier League wins against Newcastle United for the first time since winning 2-0 in both 2007/08 and 2008/09.
In the reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge on 19 October, the Blues won 1-0 with a 73rd-minute goal from Marcos Alonso.
Biggest win for each team
Chelsea 6-0 Newcastle 1980/81 Division Two
Newcastle 5-0 Chelsea 1974/75 Division One
Chelsea’s biggest win at St James’ Park is 6-1 in 1960/61
Last season's corresponding game
NEWCASTLE UNITED 1 CHELSEA 2
Premier League, St James’ Park, 26.08.18, 4pm
Newcastle United (5-4-1) Dubravka; Yedlin, Schar (Muto 78), Fernandez, Clark, Dummett (c); Ritchie, Diame, Ki, Murphy (Perez 73); Rondon (Joselu 62).
Unused subs Darlow, Sterry, Longstaff, Atsu.
Manager Rafael Benitez
Booked Schar 65, Fernandez 68, Ritchie 70
Scorer Joselu 83
Chelsea (4-3-3) Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta (c), Rüdiger, David Luiz, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic (Barkley 78); Pedro (Willian 68), Morata (Giroud 65), Hazard.
Unused subs Caballero, Christensen, Zappacosta, Loftus-Cheek.
Injured Ampadu, Fabregas
Head coach Maurizio Sarri.
Booked Kovacic 39
Scorers Hazard 76 (pen), Yedlin own goal 87
Referee Paul Tierney
Chelsea's recent form
Chelsea are fourth with 39 points from 22 games, five points clear of Man Utd in fifth and six behind Leicester in third.
Chelsea have won seven of our last 10 away Premier League games – only Liverpool (28) have won more away points than the Blues this season (22).
Frank Lampard’s side have won five more points on the road this term than at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues have scored 25 away Premier League goals – one more than we managed in the whole of the last campaign.
Four different English players have scored a combined 20 Premier League goals for Chelsea this season, the most on both counts in a season for the Blues since 2012/13 (five players scoring 23 goals).
The Blues have lost just two of our last 10 away games in the top flight, keeping just one clean sheet in the process (2-0 v Tottenham).
After losing three consecutive Premier League games against teams starting the day in the bottom half, we are now unbeaten in three.
Chelsea have allowed our opponents just 69 shots on target in the Premier League this season – only Liverpool (55) have allowed fewer.
As a player, Frank Lampard faced teams managed by Steve Bruce on 17 occasions in the Premier League and lost none (13 wins, four draws).
Premier League scorers
Abraham 13, Mount 5, Pulisic 5, Willian 4 (1 pen), Jorginho 3 (2 pens), Kante 3, Alonso 1, Azpilicueta 1, Batshuayi 1, Hudson-Odoi 1, Kovacic 1, Tomori 1
N’Golo Kante’s next start will be his 150th for the club in all competitions.
If selected, Kurt Zouma will make his 50th Premier League start for the club.
If selected, Callum Hudson-Odoi will make his 50th Chelsea appearance in all competitions.
This season’s Premier League stats
Most appearances: Joelinton 22, Dubravka 22, Almiron 21
Most goals: Shelvey 5, five on 2
Most assists: Atsu 3, Carroll 3, Joelinton 2, Willems 2
Most clean sheets: Dubravka 5
Newcastle are 13th with 26 points from 22 games, five points above the relegation zone and only four points behind eighth-placed Tottenham.
Newcastle are without a win in their last four games since their 1-0 win against Crystal Palace in December. Only Bournemouth (five) and Norwich (nine) are on longer current runs without a victory.
Newcastle have won four points from their last two home games against the ‘big six’ teams, more than they’d won in their previous seven.
Newcastle have lost their last two Premier League home games, conceding as many goals in those defeats as they had in their previous seven combined at St James’ Park (five).
The Magpies are hoping to avoid three consecutive home defeats for the first time since October 2018 (run of five), losing to Chelsea in that previous run.
Newcastle’s Miguel Almiron has scored with each of his last two shots on target in the Premier League, having failed to find the net with any of his first 15 such efforts in the competition.
Only Crystal Palace, Watford and Bournemouth (20) have scored fewer Premier League goals than Newcastle (21).
The Magpies have the 13th best home record, with 16 points from 11 games:
Arsenal L 0-1
Watford D 1-1
Brighton D 0-0
Man Utd W 1-0
Wolves D 1-1
Bournemouth W 2-1
Man City D 2-2
Southampton W 2-1
C Palace W 1-0
Everton L 1-2
Leicester L 0-3
Premier League scorers
Shelvey 5, Almiron 2, Clark 2, Fernandez 2, M Longstaff 2, Schar 2, Willems 2, Joelinton 1, Lascelles 1, Saint-Maximin 1, Yedlin 1
Steve Bruce has won just one of his 22 Premier League games against Chelsea (five draws, 16 defeats). In home games, Bruce is winless in 10 games against the Blues.
Steve Bruce’s managerial record in all competitions against Chelsea
Newcastle's last Premier League game
Saturday 11 January
Wolves 1 Newcastle United 1
Team 5-4-1: Dubravka; Hayden, Fernandez (c), Clark, Dummett (Lejeune 13), Willems; Joelinton (Carroll 79), S Longstaff, M Longstaff, Almiron; Gayle (Atsu 28)
Scorer: Almiron 7
Booked: Almiron, Atsu, M Longstaff
Newcastle's major January moves
There are no suspensions
In the Premier League, the deadline for suspension for accumulating five bookings has passed. Players must now avoid accruing 10 cautions before the 32nd game to escape a two-match ban.
Premier League bookings list
Newcastle Almiron 4, Fernandez 4, Joelinton 4, Schar 4, Hayden 3, Atsu 2, Clark 2, Dummett 2, Manquillo 2, Yedlin 2, Carroll 1, Lascelles 1, M Longstaff 1, S Longstaff 1, Ritchie 1, Shelvey 1
Chelsea Jorginho 8, Kovacic 6, Alonso 3, Kanté 3, Mount 3, Tomori 3, Zouma 3, Abraham 2, Christensen 2, Rudiger 2, Willian 2, Emerson 1, Hudson-Odoi 1, James 1
Referee and VAR
Referee: Chris Kavanagh
VAR: Kevin Friend
Chris Kavanagh is the official for his third Chelsea game this season. The others were our 2-0 victory against Brighton in September and our 2-1 home win against Aston Villa last month.