Chelsea manager Frank Lampard and his young Chelsea team have the opportunity to make a big statement when Premier League leaders Liverpool visit Stamford Bridge on Sunday evening.
Lampard and Chelsea host Liverpool in a week six game of the new Premier League campaign.
Chelsea have the opportunity to be the first team to take points off Liverpool in the league this season as the Reds have won all their five league games till date.
Both teams have already met this season in the UEFA Super Cup.
Liverpool won the Champions League last season, while Chelsea won the Europa League last season.
Both teams met in the UEFA Super Cup as a result of their respective European trophy triumph.
Liverpool won that UEFA Super Cup title via penalties after the two teams shared a four-goal thriller at the end of regulation time and extra time.
The Reds have won all their five games in the Premier League this season from victories over the likes of newcomers Norwich City, Southampton, Arsenal, Burnley and Newcastle United.
On their part, Chelsea have eight points from five games and are in 10th place.
Chelsea XI: Kepa Azzibalaga; Cesar Azpilicueta, Fikayo Tomori, Andreas Christensen, Marcos Alonso; Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante; Pedro Rodriguez, Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount.
The Real Reason Frank Lampard Wants Olivier Giroud To Stay At Chelsea
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has assured wantaway striker Olivier Giroud that he’ll get more playing time to show him the quality that he possesses amidst the numerous transfer rumours linking him with a move away from the club when the transfer market reopens in the New Year.
After the Newcastle United game at the weekend, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard was asked about Giroud and his desire for more playing time.
Frank Lampard urged Giroud to be more patient and that he’ll get the chance to impress.
He went on to say that he doesn’t want him to leave Chelsea during the winter transfer window.
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Olivier Giroud had previously talked about leaving Chelsea in the New Year in search of more playing time.
The French World Cup winner has dropped to third on the striker pecking order at Chelsea.
The former Arsenal and Montpellier striker is the third choice striker at Chelsea right no behind the duo of Michy Batshuayi and Tammy Abraham.
Olivier Giroud is keen to retain his spot in the France starting XI ahead of the 2020 European Championship next summer and he would have to play football on a regular basis as already pointed out by manager Didier Deschamps.
Chelsea Maintain Winning Run Vs Newcastle United
Former Premier League champions Chelsea continued their winning run after the slim victory over struggling Newcastle United in their league clash earlier on Saturday.
Chelsea had won the last four games in all competitions before the Newcastle United game and they made it five wins on the trot with a victory at home to the Magpies.
The West London giants beat Newcastle United 1-0 at home to continue their winning run in recent games.
The only goal of the game came in the second half courtesy Spanish international defender Marcos Alonso.
The Spaniard got the winning goal in the 75th minute off an assist from young winger Callum Hudson-Odoi who made his first start for Chelsea in the Premier League this term.
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Callum Hudson-Odoi didn’t start the season with Chelsea due to a serious Achilles injury sustained by the player towards the end of last season.
He has been able to work his way back to full fitness after a lengthy layoff as a result of the Achilles problem.
Chelsea have now won games against Grimsby Town, Brighton and Hove Albion, Lille, Southampton and Newcastle United.
The win over Newcastle United moves Chelsea from fifth to fourth position on the league table.
Premier League: Chelsea Secure Top Four Spot With Slim Win
West London giants Chelsea are in the top four places in the Premier League table for the first time this season following the slim victory over Newcastle United earlier on Saturday.
Chelsea beat Newcastle United at home by the odd goal to move into the top four on the Premier League table.
The Blues were frustrated by well organized Newcastle United and they needed a very good strike from Marcos Alonso to win the game.
The Spanish international scored the only goal of the game with 15 minutes left on the clock.
The 1-0 win over Newcastle United means that Chelsea have now won their last five games in all competition with three of those matches coming in the Premier League.
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Chelsea moved into the top four for the first time this season as a result of the slim win over the Magpies.
The Blues are now one place ahead as a result of the victory which moves them to 17 points.
Chelsea move from fifth position to fourth position after usurping London rivals Arsenal because of the slim win over the Magpies.
The Blues can still move back to fifth spot provided that Arsenal are able to get a win over Sheffield United in their league game on Monday night.
United Legend Reveals Why Mourinho Is Better Than Guardiola
You can’t make a list of top five managers in the world without including former Manchester United manager José Mourinho and Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola due to their impressive managerial records.
Both managers came up against each other during their days in the Spanish La Liga before they later crossed paths in the English Premier League.
Picking the best manager from these two tacticians has always been a problem for many pundits, just as it is difficult to decide who is the best player between Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
However, Former Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibramovich has revealed the reason why he will always pick the Portuguese over his Spanish counterpart.
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The striker — who worked with the two managers — told reporters that Mourinho knows how to control the players under his watch and the manager remains a special one and a winner.
He said the former Chelsea manager seamlessly creates a peaceful atmosphere for his players and he had a positive impact on his successful career, unlike Guardiola who treated him (Ibramovich) badly during their time at Camp Nou.
“He had an incredible impact on my career, He is still ‘the Special One’, a winner. I hope he will be back on a bench soon and I am sure he will start winning immediately.” he said.
Speaking of Guardiola, Ibramovich said: “We never had a direct confrontation because of him. When we faced each other, he hid.
“He [Guardiola] waited for me to leave and then left the dressing room. As a coach, he is a phenomenon, but as a man…” he concluded.
Premier League: Chelsea Backed For A Win vs Newcastle United
West London giants Chelsea have been backed to beat Newcastle United in their Premier League clash on Saturday evening.
Chelsea host Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge in a week nine Premier League game and media outlet Sportsmole say that the Blues will secure a 3-1 win over the Magpies.
Chelsea are bidding to win five games in a row against the Magpies.
The Blues have won their last four games in all competition and they could make it five wins on the trot when they take on Newcastle United at home.
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In addition, the former European champions have won two games on the trot in the league and a win over the Magpies will make it three successive victories in the Premier League for the first time this term.
Opponents Newcastle United have a good record against the top six teams in the Premier League this season.
The Magpies have won two and drawn two from four games against the top six sides.
Newcastle United beat Tottenham Hotspur (away from home) 1-0 and also got the better of Manchester United (at home) by the same scoreline.
The top six teams to beat Newcastle United this season are Arsenal and league leaders Liverpool.
Premier League: Predicted Chelsea XI vs Newcastle United
Former European champions Chelsea have the opportunity to make the top four in the Premier League for the first time this season when they take on Newcastle United at home.
It is one of the week nine games in the Premier League and the match is billed for Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening.
Chelsea have won their last two games in the Premier League and they could make it three wins in a row.
The Blues have not managed three victories on the bounce in the league this season though it must be pointed out that the Premier League is just two months old.
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They face a Newcastle United side that has been largely unpredictable this season under new manager Steve Bruce.
Newcastle United have failed to beat any team outside the traditional top six since the start of this Premier League season.
The Magpies have won just two Premier League games this season and they have been against traditional top six teams.
Newcastle United stunned Spurs at home via a 1-0 win last month before repeating the same scoreline at home to Manchester United in their last league game.
Chelsea XI (4-3-3): Kepa Arrizabalaga; Cesar Azpilicueta, Fikayo Tomori, Kurt Zouma, Marcos Alonso; Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, Ross Barkley; Mason Mount, Willian, Tammy Abraham.
Chelsea Suffer Triple Injury Blow Ahead Of Newcastle United Clash
Chelsea will be without three players for their Premier League clash with Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.
The Blues have won their last two games in the Premier League and the target ahead of the Newcastle United game is to make it three league wins on the trot.
Their quest to record a third successive Premier League victory has not been helped by the news that three players will miss the game.
The likes of Antonio Rudiger, N’Golo Kante and Andreas Christensen will miss the game against the Magpies at home.
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German international centre back Rudiger has barely been fit since the back end of last season when he sustained a serious knee injury during a league game at the home of Manchester United.
He has recovered from that knee injury but the former AS Roma player recently picked up a groin injury and will miss the Newcastle United game.
On his part, French World Cup winner Kante sustained an injury while he was on international break with his country and will miss the game against Newcastle United.
Andreas Christensen also picked up an injury while he was on international duty with Denmark and that injury will force him to miss the Newcastle United game.
Chelsea Handed Major Boost On The Injury Front Ahead Of Newcastle United Clash
West London giants Chelsea have been handed a major injury boost ahead of their Premier League clash with Newcastle United.
Chelsea host the Magpies in a week nine clash in the Premier League and they could have Emerson Palmieri back in the squad for the game.
Brazilian-born Italian international Emerson Palmieri has recovered from the muscle injury that saw him miss one month of action.
The left-back sustained the injury while he was on international duty with Italy last month.
The former AS Roma player is back in full training ahead of the visit of the Magpies on Saturday evening.
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In his absence, Marcos Alonso has deputized for him at left-back.
Marcos Alonso was the undisputed Chelsea left-back before the Spaniard was dethroned by Emerson Palmieri towards the end of last season while Maurizio Sarri was the Blues manager.
Sarri was replaced by Frank Lampard in the summer after the Italian tactician took the managerial job at Juventus.
Since he became the Chelsea manager this summer, former Blues midfielder Frank Lampard has opted for Emerson Palmieri ahead of Marcos Alonso.
Emerson Palmieri was part of the Chelsea squad that won the Europa League title last season by beating Arsenal in the final.