Our predicted starting XI as Chelsea host Newcastle at Stamford Bridge:
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Petr Cech is to continue in goal aiming for a third consecutive clean sheet as Thibaut Courtois recovers from a broken thumb, while Filipe Luis looks to step up in the absence of injured Cesar Azpilicueta.
GK – Petr Cech
Has kept two clean sheets for the Blues while Courtois has been out injured – certainly not lost his quality.
RB – Branislav Ivanovic
Superb defender and excellent going forward.
CB – Gary Cahill
Rested against Newcastle with Kurt Zouma taking his place but expected to return alongside John Terry.
CB – John Terry
Chelsea’s leader – not only their best defender but an integral voice on the pitch.
LB – Filipe Luis
With Azpilicueta out injured Luis must step up to prove he’s worthy of a starting place.