With a five-point cushion already to Manchester United in fifth, Frank Lampard’s side will be especially determined to take all three points with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side facing Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.
The Blues picked up a much-needed home win in style over struggling Burnley last time out, while Steve Bruce’s side may also have turned a corner over the last week.
A decent point at Molineux and a big win in the FA Cup third round replay over Rochdale midweek means the Blues face a resurgent Newcastle.
Here is our prediction for the game.
When is it?
The game is on Saturday 18 January at 5:30pm at St James’ Park, Newcastle.
How can I watch it and is there a live stream?
You can watch the game on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event from 5pm GMT. There is a live stream through Sky Go on all mobile devices, laptops and desktops. You can also watch through NowTV by subscribing for a Day or Week Pass.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Achilles) and Christian Pulisic (tendon) remain unavailable, while Marcos Alonso and N’Golo Kante remain doubts.
DeAndre Yedlin (knee), Dwight Gayle (hamstring), Paul Dummett (hamstring), Javier Manquillo (hamstring), Yoshinori Muto (hip) and Ki Sung-yueng (knock) are all out here, but Fabian Schar (hamstring) is back and Allan Saint-Maxim could also return.
Newcastle: Dubravka, Krafth, Fernandez, Lascelles, Clark, Willems, Shelvey, Hayden, Almiron, Saint-Maximin, Joelinton.
Chelsea: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger, James; Mount, Jorginho, Kante; Hudson-Odoi, Abraham, Willian.
This is an intriguing game with both sides picking up valuable results and performances in the last week. Chelsea have the added motivation to move eight points clear of Manchester United, currently fifth, who play Liverpool away on Sunday. Newcastle snapped a poor run with a point at Molineux and Miguel Almiron is in form, which will help maximise their limited possession should they revert back to a reactive style after filling their boots midweek by thrashing Rochdale 4-1 in their FA Cup third round replay. The Blues may be away but they will likely face a familiar scenario to what they have often struggled with at home, but the big win over Burnley and the form of Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi down the right gives them more cutting edge, which could prove the difference here. We’ll go for a 2-1 away win.