Chelsea were unbeaten in the Premier League and being tipped to be the new ‘Invincibles’ when they travelled to Newcastle United in December of the 2014-15 season.
But a double from Papiss Cisse, the second of which can be seen in the video below, inspired Alan Pardew’s Magpies to a shock 2-1 victory over the champions elect.
Although the Blues have already lost three times in the league this season, there doesn’t appear to be much chance of a repeat upset because of Newcastle’s alarming form.
Steve McClaren is still looking for his first top-flight win since his summer appointment and saw his side booed off following the 1-0 League Cup defeat to Sheffield Wednesday, as The Guardian reports.
United are currently propped up only by North-East rivals Sunderland in the table. In contrast, they had won six out of their previous eight games prior to Chelsea’s visit to Tyneside last season.
Even the absence of Diego Costa, who has been handed a three-match ban by the FA for violent conduct against Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny, should not deny the visitors an easy victory.
There are widespread concerns that Costa’s suspension will expose Chelsea’s lack of striking depth, with Radamel Falcao a shadow of his former self and Loic Remy a solid goalscorer out of practice.
But a team including either the Colombian or the former Newcastle loanee should still be comfortably good enough to beat their hopeless hosts, and secure Mourinho a first league win at St James’ Park.
The Special One has lost three and drawn two of his five matches at the home of the Toon Army. Surprisingly, considering his supremacy over Arsene Wenger, the only other Premier League ground that he has not won at is the Emirates Stadium.
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