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In-form Chelsea will look to build on their stunning win at the Etihad on Monday when they take on Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge.
Jose Mourinho showed the world once again that he was a man for the big occasion as he master-minded a 1-0, sealed by Branislav Ivanovic with the win putting the Blues just two points off top spot.
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With rivals Arsenal and Manchester City facing tricky tests away to Liverpool and relegation threatened Norwich Chelsea will hope the comforts of home can see them end the day top of the Premier League.
The club were frustrated by West Ham United last time out at home, drawing 0-0 with their London neighbours and defender Gary Cahill doesn’t want his side to undo the go work in Manchester against the Magpies.
“No disrespect to West Ham, we had loads of possession. We spoke about that after the game and that was a blow to stuff two points up at home” the England defender said.
“We’re now on the positive end of a great win away from home, so we can’t afford to throw that away at the weekend against a tough team.
“We’re home again – we should be buzzing with confidence and ready to go again.”
Cahill and his team-mates will be out to avenge their 2-0 defeat at St James’ Park in November. The club will have to do without Fernando Torres with Samuel Eto’o or former Magpie Demba Ba leading the line.
Newcastle lost to Sunderland 3-0 at home last time out and have endured an eventful couple of weeks with Johan Cabaye leaving for PSG and Joe Kinnear departing his post as Technical Director.
The club have won just one of their last 7 games but do have a strong recent record against Chelsea winning three of their last four games against the blues.
Alan Pardew’s side will have to do without Cheick Tiote and top scorer Loic Remy. Tiote suffered an injury in training midweek and faces a couple of weeks out while Remy is suspended.
Yoan Gouffran (muscular injury) and Gabriel Obertan (knee) are both poised to return however defender Fabricio Coloccini (knee) is set to miss out again.