Chelsea v Newcastle (5:30)
By Dean Farley
Friday 24 Aug 2012 09:49:00
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Alan Pardew's side find themselves in another teatime TV slot as they travel down to London to face Chelsea. This fixture is a 5:30 kick off and will be televised live on ESPN.

After playing Atromitos in the Europa League on Thursday night, this game would normally have been staged on the following Sunday or the Monday. However, due to the staging of the Notting Hill Carnival on Sunday and Monday, police advice was taken and the game remains on Saturday.

The Magpies will go looking for their 1000th Premier League goal on Saturday; Demba Ba and Hatem Ben Arfa's goals against Spurs on the opening day were the 997th and 998th in the goal standings!

After missing out against Spurs, captain Fabricio Coloccini is expected to make his return. However, Cheick Tiote will be unfit following injury.

Stamford Bridge hasn't been the happiest of hunting grounds for Newcastle, winning only two of the last ten fixtures their. Of course, the most memorable being the 2-0 victory over Chelsea last season, with two Papiss Cisse stunners!

Wigan certainly did not make life easy for Chelsea last week, so let's hope that the lads can make it even more difficult for the Blues.

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