Frank Lampard’s Chelsea welcome Newcastle United to Stamford Bridge on Saturday’s English Premier League clash.
The international break is over and it could not come soon enough for Lampard and his staff with several key players returning with an injury.
However, with four wins in a row, the fans will be hoping that the injury list, as well as the international break, has done nothing to damage Chelsea’s form of four wins in a row in all competitions.
Ahead of the long awaited return to English Premier League football, we have looked at three previous home fixtures against Newcastle United that Lampard has started in.
Chelsea 3-0 Newcastle United, English Premier League 2013/2014
Jose Mourinho’s return almost saw the league title return to The Bridge and this comprehensive victory against Newcastle United sent The Blues one-point clear at the top of the pile with 25 games played.
Unknown to some however, this would turn out to be Lampard’s swan song season at his beloved Chelsea as he left the club at the end of the season.
Even though Lampard started this match, it was the Eden Hazard show as the magician stole the day with a magnificent performance.
The Blues took the lead in the first half when the brilliant Belgian rifled in Branislav Ivanovic’s return pass.
Hazard added a second not long afterwards when he ran towards the goal before passing the ball to Samuel Eto’o, who in-turn back-heeled back into the path of the attacker who finished neatly.
A brilliant hat-trick was completed in the second-half when Hazard scored from the penalty spot.
Chelsea 2-2 Newcastle United, English Premier League 2010/2011
It was the final league game of the season and the title was confirmed not to be returning to The Bridge, in what turned out to be Carlo Ancelotti’s final season at the club.
Ivanovic gave his side the lead when he volleyed in from Lampard’s corner.
The Magpies equalised when Ryan Taylor’s free-kick was deflected off his teammate, Jonas Gutierrez, who was given the goal.
It seemed to be Chelsea’s game when Alex scored late on, but Steven Taylor was unmarked at the other end to equalise once again.
Chelsea 0-0 Newcastle United, English Premier League 2008/2009
It was a frustrating day all around at Stamford Bridge as The Blues failed to win at home for the third time in four games.
The pressure was well and truly on Luis Felipe Scolari’s shoulders, as his side could not startle a stubborn Newcastle United side.
Scolari’s side came close on numerous occasions, including a stunning Shay Given save from Lampard’s free-kick, as well as a Joe Cole goal being disallowed for offside.
By Darion Westwood