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Here’s the side we expect Jose Mourinho to choose this afternoon against Alan Pardew’s Magpies outfit…
GK) Petr Cech
Cech will obviously start between the sticks for Chelsea barring a late injury, for the side with the best defensive record in the Premier League.
DR) Branislav Ivanovic
The Serbian scored the crucial goal which helped Chelsea beat Manchester City away from home last time out, and he will be likely be given even more licence to roam forward at home to Newcastle.
DC) Gary Cahill
The Englishman has cemented himself as a guaranteed starter for the Blues, and was a colossus at the back against Edin Dzeko and Alvaro Negredo. His partnership with Terry is continually blossoming, and is arguably the best in the league right now.
DC) John Terry
Terry’s been exceptional this season, and calls are increasing for the 33-year-old to be recalled to Roy Hodgson’s England squad. Click here, to see exactly why he should be.
DL) Cesar Azpilicueta
The Spanish fullback has barely put a foot wrong since displacing Ashley Cole from the side, and will likely have the opportunity to get forward regularly up the left flank against the magpies.