Rafael Benitez will have fond memories of this fixture after his Newcastle team mauled Chelsea on the last day of last season, with the Tyneside outfit triumphing by a 3-0 scoreline.
While there were mitigating circumstances for this outcome (namely Antonio Conte about to leave the visitors), it serves to highlight that Benitez is capable of engineering good performances and results against high calibre opponents.
Last season, there were also victories over Manchester United and Arsenal along with a draw against Liverpool, so we shouldn’t be surprised if Newcastle get something from this particular clash.
After all, the Magpies ran Tottenham close in their opening game and the main negative is that the man who ran riot for the home side is ineligible, with Kenedy unable to face his parent club.
Newcastle will run a tight ship in this game against a Chelsea side who are being made into an attack-minded outfit by Maurizio Sarri. The Italian has admitted it will take time for him to make his imprint on the squad although there have been victories against Arsenal and Huddersfield thus far.
Eden Hazard has been kept in reserve thus far, although the rest of the team are managing to score aplenty, with Pedro and Willian operating in advanced positions along with N’Golo Kante.
It could be a tight affair and it’s worth a little dabble on Newcastle to claim a home win considering their form at St James’ Park during the back end of last season enabled them to secure a top half finish.