GOOD AFTERNOON FROM NEWCASTLE
Welcome to our live coverage of the Premier League clash between Newcastle and Chelsea at St James’ Park.
The Magpies are still looking for their first victory under their new owners, who turned them into the most expensive club in the world following a £300million takeover.
The Toon are still winless after nine league games, of which they have lost five, and won’t find it easy to turn a page against Thomas Tuchel’s high-flying Blues.
Interim manager Graeme Jones, who is temporarily filling in after Steve Bruce’s sacking, will have Jonjo Shelvey back in his squad following a red-card suspension against Tottenham two weeks ago.
Martin Dubravka will also be available for selection even though the goalkeeper lacks match sharpness.
However, Jones will be without Paul Dummett and Elliot Anderson, who are nursing a calf and hip injury respectively.
Chelsea boss Tuchel, on the other hand, will welcome captain Cesar Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen, N’Golo Kante and Ruben Loftus-Cheek back after missing the midweek win over Southampton.
However, the German head coach will be without Mateo Kovacic, who injured his hamstring during training.
The west Londoners’ attacking crisis continues as Romelu Lukaku (ankle), Christian Pulisic (ankle) and Timo Werner (hamstring) remain sidelined