Venue: St James’ Park, Newcastle.
Date: Sat 2nd Nov, 2013.
Kick off: 12.45pm.
Referee: Lee Mason.
UK TV: BT Sport.
Of course, the Chelsea Pensioners will be huge favourites for this one, just as the Manchester Citizens were in Wednesday evening’s League Cup clash. However the Magpies weren’t too shabby at all in that one for the first hour or so and held the Citizens to a 0-0 draw at the final whistle, finally succumbing in extra time. There’s no extra time today so will the Magpies be able to keep a clean sheet against moneybags Chelsea this time?
Meanwhile off the pitch, there has been talk of another protest, this time at Mike Ashley’s banning of the biggest local media house from the St James’ Park media facilities. After that, they also banned fans organisation the Newcastle United Supporters Trust from the club’s “Fan Forum.” This was allegedly for having the cheek to take their own minutes of the meeting, though we all know, it that it was really for their involvement the recent march before the Liverpool gane back on the 19th October. Fans have been urged to take one of NCJ media’s local titles, The Chronic, the Journal or the Sunday Stun to the game and wave it at Ashley and his acolytes in the director’s box just before the kick off.
What the Managers have saying.
Alan Pardew: “I think we have got an even chance against Chelsea, I genuinely do. You need those breaks and things to go your way and the first goal will be important in this fixture.”
And on Mourinho’s recent jumping into the crowd antics:
“He doesn’t want to be jumping round me because I’ll give him a slap, I’m bigger than him and he knows that. If he starts jumping in my crowd he’ll be in trouble.”
Highlights from Alan Pardew’s pre Chelsea press conference.
Jose Mourinho: “We go to Newcastle and we know that we’ve got one of the most difficult matches in the whole season. It’s very, very difficult for us to play at St. James’ – but I want to try.”
Well I’ll leave it there for now as there is no point in doing the team news as you can see the final team sheets below. As you may know, this game will be televised in the UK on BT Sport, but I will also be posting links to watch the game online for if you cant get it as well as posting highlights and a video of the whole game for those of you who can’t get to see the game live so stay tuned!
Howay the Lads!
Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul (G); Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Davide Santon; Moussa Sissoko, Cheick Tiote (c), Yohan Cabaye, Yoan Gouffran; Shola Ameobi, Loic Remy
Subs: Rob Elliot (G), James Tavernier, Vurnon Anita, Gabriel Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Hatem Ben Arfa, Papiss Cisse.
Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Petr Cech (G); Branislav Ivanovic, David Luiz, John Terry (c), Ashley Cole; Ramires, Frank Lampard; Juan Mata, Oscar, Eden Hazard; Fernando Torres.
Subs: Mark Schwarzer (G), Cesar Azpilicueta, Gary Cahill, John Obi Mikel, Willian, Andre Schurrle, Samuel Eto’o.