What's changed since Newcastle United last hosted Chelsea?
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Newcastle United welcome Chelsea to St James' Park at Saturday lunchtime looking for a reaction to their poor showing at Southampton before the international break.

Chelsea have hit form of late and come into this clash on the back of a comfortable 4-1 victory over early-season strugglers Sheffield United.

Isaac Hayden stole the headlines in season's meeting at St James' Park as he netted a 90th minute winner with what turned out to be his only goal of the season.

But what's changed at both clubs since that 1-0 Newcastle win in January? 

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Newcastle United

It's been another year of discussion on Tyneside with another potential takeover rejected by the Premier League resulting in more anger from supporters, not just at the decision but also at Mike Ashley's lack of ambition.

However this summer he has invested in a renowned goalscorer in Callum Wilson. It remains to be seen whether or not he will be fit for this game. 

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The Magpies didn't have this in their locker for the last meeting with £40million Joelinton Hartley causing problems for a Chelsea defence which were vulnerable at the time.

Also coming in this summer was former Bournemouth teammate Ryan Fraser, but he is also likely to miss out on this game too due to a thigh injury.

This means that Steve Bruce could field near enough the same eleven who started that 1-0 win barring Jetro Willems who returned to Eintracht Frankfurt after his loan spell on Tyneside came to an end. Jamal Lewis would be the obvious choice to take his place should Bruce stick with his wing-back system used in recent matches.

In reality not a lot has really changed at Newcastle, or at least in comparison to their opponents who have a different look to them this campaign. 

Chelsea

It's been a busy summer at Stamford Bridge with several key signings being brought in which has given Frank Lampard's attack a new dimension.

The introduction of German internationals Timo Werner and Kai Havertz will cause most sides problems and are two players that Newcastle need to keep a close eye on throughout the 90 minutes. 

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Another attacking arrival is Hakim Ziyech, yet another player who is more than capable making the difference in the final third.

The Blues have also strengthened at the back with the introduction of experienced centre-half Thiago Silva. Despite a slow start to life in West London, the Brazilian has settled down in the last few weeks and makes Chelsea look a much more solid outfit.

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