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Header by Branislav Ivanovic goes to the left of the goal.
David Luiz delivers the ball.
The final whistle is blown by the referee.
Clearance by Mathieu Debuchy.
Loic Remy challenges David Luiz unfairly and gives away a free kick.
The referee blows for offside.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa makes a clearance.
Samuel Eto'o has an effort at goal. Blocked by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.
Clearance made by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.
Unfair challenge on Moussa Sissoko by John Terry results in a free kick.
Mathieu Debuchy makes a clearance.
Loic Remy goes into the book.
Loic Remy scores with a left foot finish. Newcastle 2-0 Chelsea.Vurnon Anita provided the assist for the goal.
Loic Remy takes a shot. Blocked by John Terry.
Nascimento Ramires delivers the ball.
Clearance made by Branislav Ivanovic.
Loic Remy gets a header at goal. Blocked by David Luiz.
Gabriel Obertan replaces Yoan Gouffran.
Branislav Ivanovic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.
David Luiz takes the free kick.
John Terry makes a clearance.
Petr Cech restarts play with the free kick.
Loic Remy is ruled offside.
Centre by Emboaba Oscar.
Da Silva Willian takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Parried by Tim Krul back into danger.
Shot by Loic Remy. Petr Cech safely holds on.
Clearance made by Moussa Sissoko.
Nascimento Ramires is shown a yellow card for dissent.
Nascimento Ramires challenges Loic Remy unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Branislav Ivanovic produces a cross.
David Luiz goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
Centre by da Silva Willian.
The ball is crossed by Branislav Ivanovic.
Clearance by Davide Santon.
Andre Schurrle comes on in place of Frank Lampard.
Emboaba Oscar challenges Loic Remy unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Yohan Cabaye crosses the ball in from the free kick. Yoan Gouffran heads the ball into the goal. Newcastle 1-0 Chelsea.Assist by Yohan Cabaye.
Foul by Ashley Cole on Moussa Sissoko, free kick awarded.
Ashley Cole takes the free kick.
Loic Remy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ashley Cole.
Yoan Gouffran has an effort at goal. Petr Cech parries the ball away.
Nascimento Ramires fouled by Papiss Cisse, the ref awards a free kick.
Shola Ameobi goes off and Papiss Cisse comes on.
(Chelsea) makes a substitution, with da Silva Willian coming on for Juan Mata.
Samuel Eto'o joins the action as a substitute, replacing Fernando Torres.
Loic Remy has an effort at goal. Petr Cech catches the ball.
Corner taken by Yohan Cabaye.
Moussa Sissoko takes a shot. Petr Cech parries the ball away.
Clearance by John Terry.
Shola Ameobi concedes a free kick for a foul on John Terry.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Fernando Torres.
Tim Krul takes the free kick.
Vurnon Anita is brought on as a substitute for Cheick Tiote.
Moussa Sissoko fouled by Emboaba Oscar, the ref awards a free kick.
Yohan Cabaye makes a clearance.
Tim Krul restarts play with the free kick.
Fernando Torres challenges Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa unfairly and gives away a free kick.
The ball is crossed by Yohan Cabaye.
Clearance made by John Terry.
Loic Remy challenges Branislav Ivanovic unfairly and gives away a free kick.
The referee gets the second half underway.
Clearance made by Cheick Tiote.
Branislav Ivanovic makes a clearance.
The ref blows to signal half-time.
Yohan Cabaye crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Shola Ameobi by David Luiz.
David Luiz has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the net.
Juan Mata takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Eden Hazard by Yohan Cabaye results in a free kick.
Juan Mata challenges Mike Williamson unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Moussa Sissoko goes into the referee's book.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Moussa Sissoko on Branislav Ivanovic.
Yohan Cabaye takes the free kick.
Cheick Tiote fouled by Fernando Torres, the ref awards a free kick.
Moussa Sissoko takes a shot. Petr Cech safely holds on.
Headed chance falls to John Terry. Davide Santon gets a block in.
Juan Mata takes a short corner.
Yohan Cabaye restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Moussa Sissoko by Frank Lampard.
Yohan Cabaye takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Petr Cech safely holds on.
John Terry manages to make a clearance.
Branislav Ivanovic manages to make a clearance.
The ball is delivered by Eden Hazard.
Mathieu Debuchy manages to make a clearance.
Clearance made by Nascimento Ramires.
Free kick taken by Petr Cech.
Moussa Sissoko gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ashley Cole.
Frank Lampard crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Moussa Sissoko on Eden Hazard.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Juan Mata.
Shola Ameobi challenges Emboaba Oscar unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Mike Williamson manages to make a clearance.
Clearance by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.
Corner taken by Juan Mata.
Branislav Ivanovic takes a shot. Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa gets a block in.
Corner taken by Juan Mata from the right by-line.
Emboaba Oscar delivers the ball.
Juan Mata is caught offside.
Yoan Gouffran has an effort at goal. Branislav Ivanovic gets a block in.
Free kick taken by Juan Mata.
Cheick Tiote concedes a free kick for a foul on Juan Mata.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Branislav Ivanovic on Yoan Gouffran.
Mike Williamson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Eden Hazard.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nascimento Ramires by Cheick Tiote.
The game begins.
Pardew in a bind over Ben Arfa
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew admits he is still searching for the key to getting the best out of mercurial Frenchman Hatem Ben Arfa.
The 26-year-old has been used as a 'false nine' in the Magpies last two Barclays Premier League games with limited success - indeed, Pardew abandoned the plan before half-time in Sunday's 2-1 derby defeat at Sunderland.
At his best, Ben Arfa is a match-winner and has proved so already this season with a stunning strike against Fulham, but he can also be ineffectual.
Pardew has consequently used him in a series of different roles in an attempt to fine his niche, and that process is ongoing.
The manager said: "The truth with Hatem is we need a consistency in his play, and that's what we are searching for in the team.
"The decision-making process of Hatem is sometimes crucial, taking players on or playing it quickly.
"It's that balance that we are trying to get in the team that's right for Hatem and right for us."
Pardew's desperation to make the most of Ben Arfa's rich talent is all the more pressing with Newcastle's season having taken a significant turn for the worse in the last week.
They headed for the Stadium of Light intent on avenging April's shock 3-0 home defeat to the Black Cats and knowing victory would cement a satisfactory start to the campaign.
But they will welcome high-flying Chelsea to St James' Park on Saturday having slipped into the bottom half of the table and since, out of the Capital One Cup following Wednesday night's extra-time defeat to Manchester City.
skipper Fabricio Coloccini is unlikely to make the clash against the Blues as he continues his recovery from injury.
The Argentina international is back in training after a groin problem but has no football under his belt, while fellow central defender Steven Taylor, who suffered a recurrence of a hamstring injury in training last week, is still some way from returning.
Left-back Paul Dummett, who partnered Mike Williamson in the 2-1 defeat at Sunderland, is also out with a hamstring strain, meaning Williamson and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa are likely to pair up, as they did in midweek against City.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho admits dropping his midweek cup heroes for the trip north will leave a bad taste in his mouth.
The Blues illustrated the strength of their squad when Mourinho made 10 changes for Tuesday night's 2-0 Capital One Cup victory at Arsenal.
But the majority of that team, including goalscorers Cesar Azpilicueta and Juan Mata, know they could find themselves kicking their heels against the Magpies.
"I don't say it's a headache, I say a bad feeling," said the Stamford Bridge boss.
"It's not easy for me to leave some players at home or on the bench because I think everyone deserves to play.
"To have all those choices is a good problem and to have all the players playing well and committed to the group is fantastic.
"But for me the responsibility of saying 'you don't play' is very hard because I feel I am being unfair with the ones I'm not selecting, because they are doing all they can to play and they can't do any more.
"When they come in they give everything, when they have a chance to play they play well.
"I change the team and they play a magnificent match so it's a difficult feeling for me because I'm unfair on them."
Chelsea can go top of the table, for a few hours at least, with a victory.
But despite heading to Tyneside on the back of a six-game winning run Mourinho knows only too well how tough a task they face - he has yet to win in the league at St James' Park.
"We know we have one of our most difficult matches of the season but we will try," he added.
"Going top is not important. It's important to go in the right direction and we feel we are improving - the quality of our game is good, the results at the moment are fantastic.
"We won every match in every competition in October including Schalke away, Arsenal away, Manchester City at home. They were very difficult matches and we won every one.
"But being top or not to be top at the moment is a question of one or two points, it's not important, although it's better to be first than fifth."
Mourinho has a fully-fit squad available for Saturday's trip apart from long-term absentee Marco van Ginkel.
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