Thomas Tuchel’s squad travels to Newcastle United on Saturday afternoon, fresh off the news that Chelsea will face Brentford in a West London rivalry in the Carabao Cup quarter-final.
With both Liverpool and Manchester City facing potentially difficult afternoons at home against Brighton and Crystal Palace, the trip to Tyneside presents a real opportunity for Chelsea.
Although Newcastle has lately entered a world where European winners are well-versed in off-field finance, life on the pitch for the Magpies has been awful so far this season. Only Norwich City have conceded more goals than Newcastle, and Chelsea showed what they could do to such a porous defense last week.
Tottenham Hotspur, on the other hand, recently realized that, while the St James’ Park fans will be boisterous, the team itself has a soft center once the early frenzy has calmed down, so Chelsea should be pretty secure going into this one, despite their uneven record versus Newcastle.
Line up for Chelsea
Line up for New Castle