Chelsea will be hoping to bounce back from a slightly unfortunate Carabao Cup semi-final defeat at Tottenham Hotspur in midweek when Newcastle United are the visitors to Stamford Bridge in the English Premier League this evening.

The Blues lost 1-0 at Wembley in a match which saw them put in a solid display despite the defeat. The winning goal was awarded following a lengthy review by the controversial VAR system.

Chelsea may need to plot their return to winning ways without the services of Spanish striker Alvaro Morata. The former Real Madrid man is recovering from a hamstring problem and is rated as ‘doubtful’ for the clash against The Magpies.

In-form midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek continues to be sidelined with a back injury while fans’ favourite Cesc Fabregas left the club on Friday.

Chelsea youngster Kenedy is unable to represent loan club Newcastle United against his parent club in-line with the terms of his agreement at St James’ Park. The Magpies are also without goalkeeper Karl Darlow, defender Paul Dummett and midfielder Jonjo Shelvey for their trip to The Bridge.

Former Blues boss Rafa Benitez could welcome Ciaran Clark and Federico Fernandez back to his squad following their respective injuries.

The match is scheduled to kick-off at 5.30pm and will be screened live on BT Sport 1.

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