PREVIEW: CHELSEA VS NEWCASTLE

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Key Stats

  • Chelsea have progressed past Newcastle in five of their last six FA Cup ties, with the Blues winning 1-0 in their most recent FA Cup encounter in 2006 thanks to a John Terry goal.
  • Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 10 FA Cup games against Premier League opponents at Stamford Bridge (W8 D2), with Arsenal the last side to beat them on their home turf in a sixth-round replay in March 2003.
  • Newcastle are looking to reach the FA Cup fifth round for the first time since 2006, with the Magpies falling at this stage last season, losing 3-0 to Oxford United at the Kassam. In fact, Newcastle have been eliminated in each of their last four FA Cup fourth round ties.
  • Chelsea have reached the FA Cup fifth round in 17 of their last 19 seasons, only failing to do so in 2010/11 and 2014/15.

(via BBC Sport)

 

Predicted Line-up

Caballero; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill; Zappacosta, Drinkwater, Kante, Alonso; Pedro, Batshuayi, Hazard

 

Prediction

After a really poor performance at the Emirates on Wednesday, Chelsea owe their fans a convincing win against the Geordies and former manager Rafa Benitez. You just can’t predict which Chelsea will turn up these days, but they should have enough quality to qualify for the next round. 2-0

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