Newcastle United return to action after the international break with a trip to Chelsea.

Following the two week high of the Manchester United win, the Magpies face a really tough trip to Stamford Bridge. Frank Lampard’s young Blues have really improved in recent weeks, lifting them to fifth place.

But how will Steve Bruce go about trying to stop them?

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No change at the back for Newcastle

The Magpies kept their third clean sheet of the season against Manchester United, so it’s hard to see Bruce making any changes in defence.

With Matt Ritchie still injured, Jetro Willems remains unchallenged as left wing-back, while DeAndre Yedlin impressed on his first start of the season.

 

The only question mark is next to Ciaran Clark’s name. He was a surprise starter last time out, replacing Paul Dummett. It was an odd decision, but Clark did nothing wrong against Manchester United so it’s hard to see the manager taking him straight back out of the side.

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Longstaff double act

Matty Longstaff achieved the boyhood dream on his Premier League debut. He dominated the midfield battle against a huge club alongside his big brother and scored the winner.

And with Isaac Hayden still suspended, Matty will keep his place in the team. It would be some feat if he and Sean can replicate their previous performance. They gave the whole club a boost, and Matty deserves a run in the team.

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Can Chelsea stop Saint-Maximin?

Straight from kickoff, Allan Saint-Maximin drove past Manchester United players and created a chance. The Red Devils didn’t know how to handle the Frenchman, who played a key role in the winning goal.

He has to start against Chelsea. ASM gives us an unknown quantity down the left. He’s so quick and direct that defenders just can’t stop him. And he should give Joelinton and Miguel Almiron a much needed boost by taking the attacking pressure off their shoulders.

Predicted XI to face Chelsea: Dubravka; Schar, Lascelles, Clark; Yedlin, M Longstaff, S Longstaff, Willems; Almiron, Joelinton, Saint-Maximin

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