It's something of a bogey ground for the Blues this weekend as we travel to Newcastle, and our preview of the game starts with a look at our record at St James' Park and all the other notable facts and figures...
Chelsea have lost five and drawn one of our last seven trips to St James’ Park in the Premier League.
We have only won once there in just under nine years, which was in August 2018. A penalty from Eden Hazard and a late DeAndre Yedlin own goal secured a 2-1 victory.
Chelsea have only lost more Premier League games away to Liverpool (15) and Arsenal (13) than against Newcastle (12).
Biggest league 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 match
NEWCASTLE UNITED 1 CHELSEA 0
Premier League, St James’ Park, 18.01.20, 5.30pm
Newcastle (5-4-1) Dubravka; Krafth (S Longstaff 70), Fernandez, Lascelles (c), Clark, Willems (Ritchie 12); Almiron, Hayden, Shelvey (M Longstaff 84), Saint-Maximin; Joelinton
Unused subs Darlow, Schar, Lejeune, Atsu
Booked Hayden 55
Scorer Hayden 90+4
Head coach Steve Bruce
Chelsea (4-3-3) Arrizabalaga; James (Emerson 75), Christensen, Rudiger, Azpilicueta (c); Kante, Jorginho, Mount (Barkley 67); Hudson-Odoi, Abraham (Batshuayi 79), Willian
Unused subs Caballero, Zouma, Kovacic, Pedro
Injured Loftus-Cheek, Pulisic, Alonso
Booked Emerson 83
Head coach Frank Lampard
Referee Chris Kavanagh
The Blues are the Premier League’s top scorers with 20 goals, closely followed by Tottenham 19 and Aston Villa, Leicester and Liverpool on 18.
Frank Lampard’s side are looking to extend our unbeaten run to nine games since we were eliminated on penalties to Tottenham in the Carabao Cup. Our only defeat in 90 minutes this season (13 games) was against Liverpool when we played the last 50 minutes with 10 men.
Since the Liverpool game we are unbeaten in six Premier League matches (three wins, three draws), with only Tottenham on a longer current run in the competition (seven). The Blues have netted at least three goals in five of those six games.
The Blues are hoping to keep three consecutive away clean sheets in the Premier League for the first time since September/October 2018.
Chelsea will be aiming to start a Premier League season undefeated in our opening five away games for the first time since 2018/19 (also five).
Timo Werner has scored seven goals in his last six appearances (four Chelsea, two Germany). The last Chelsea player to score in five consecutive Chelsea appearances in all competitions was Didier Drogba in November 2009.
Chelsea Premier League goalscorers 2020/21
Werner 4, Jorginho 3 (3 pens), Zouma 3, Abraham 2, Chilwell 2, Havertz 1, Hudson-Odoi 1, James 1, Mount 1, Thiago Silva 1, Ziyech 1
If selected, Olivier Giroud will make his 50th start for Chelsea in all competitions.
Premier League: 13th
FA Cup: Quarter-finals
League Cup: Second round
Top scorer all competitions: Miguel Almiron 8
Top scorer in the Premier League: Jonjo Shelvey 6
This season’s Premier League stats
Most appearances: Five on 8
Most goals: Wilson 6, Hendrick 1, Murphy 1, Saint-Maximin 1
Most assists: Almiron 1, Hendrick 1, Saint-Maximin 1, Wilson 1
Most clean sheets: Darlow 1
Newcastle are 13th with 11 points from eight games, and seven points off the top.
The Magpies have won two and lost four of their past six home Premier League fixtures, conceding 15 goals in the process.
Their four games at St James’ Park this season have seen two wins against Burnley (3-1) and Everton (2-1) and two defeats to Brighton (0-3) and Man Utd (1-4).
Newcastle have named the same starting XI in their last two league games and the same back five in the last three.
Newcastle have conceded a goal in seven consecutive league games which is their longest run without a Premier League clean sheet since December 2017 (11).
No side has had fewer shots in the Premier League this season than Newcastle (64).
Eight of Newcastle’s 10 league goals have been scored in the second half.
Following their 2-1 victory against Everton, Newcastle will be aiming to win consecutive league games at St James’ Park for the first time since December 2019.
The Magpies have kept two clean sheets in their last 16 Premier League games.
Callum Wilson has scored six goals in his eight Premier League appearances for Newcastle – two thirds of the clubs’ total.
Only Leicester (19) and Fulham (18) have received more yellow cards in the Premier League this term than Newcastle (17).
Steve Bruce’s managerial record against Chelsea
Newcastle's Premier League goalscorers 2020/21
Wilson 6 (3 pens), Hendrick 1, Murphy 1, Saint-Maximin 1, own goal 1
Newcastle’s last Premier League game
Friday 6 November
Southampton 2 Newcastle 0
Team 5-3-2: Darlow; Murphy (Joelinton 79), Schar, Lascelles (c), Fernandez, Lewis; S Longstaff, Hendrick (M Longstaff 61), Almiron; Wilson (Carroll 78), Saint-Maximin
Booked: Fernandez, S Longstaff
Newcastle’s summer moves
Ryan Fraser - Bournemouth
Mark Gillespie - Motherwell
Jeff Hendrick - Burnley
Jamal Lewis - Norwich
Callum Wilson - Bournemouth
Robert Elliott - Released
Florian Lejeune - Alaves, loan
Yoshinori Muto - Eibar, loan
There are no suspensions.
In the Premier League, five yellow cards received before 19 league fixtures have been played will result in a one-match suspension in the competition.
Premier League bookings list
Newcastle: Lewis 3, Joelinton 2, Hayden 2, Shelvey 2, Almiron 1, Fernandez 1, Krafth 1, Lascelles 1, S Longstaff 1, Manquillo 1, Murphy 1, Wilson 1.
Chelsea: Alonso 1, Azpilicueta 1, Chilwell 1, Christensen 1, Havertz 1, James 1, Kante 1.
Referee and VAR
Referee: Craig Pawson
VAR: Simon Hooper
Craig Pawson was the official for our opening-day victory at Brighton. That was is only Blues game so far in 2020.