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Newcastle vs. Chelsea - Eddie Howe: Pre-Match Press Conference

Golden nuggets from Howe before Newcastle host the Blues after the international break

Newcastle United Training Session Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images

The second international break is over and Newcastle United will host Chelsea at St James’ Park on Saturday in the return of club football to the European stage.

Both teams aim to bounce back and improve their standings in the Premier League, with CFC sitting in a mediocre 10th position (16 points) having drawn their most recent game (4-4 vs. Man City) and NUFC above them in 7th place (20 points) coming off a loss (2-0 vs. Bournemouth).

Currently one point behind Man Utd and five off Aston Villa, Newcastle will have to face Chelsea boasting more than a few banged-up bodies in their roster. All of those problems brought an end to their seven-game unbeaten streak the last time they played a Premier League game, and they won’t make things any easier now as there are the same (if not more) issues impacting Howe’s lads.

Newcastle looks to capitalize on their home advantage, having won their last four Premier League games at St James’ Park without conceding a goal, and it’s also good to know that at least some of their players—even if just the borderline usable—enjoyed a bit of a pause through the break to heal their problems and rest a bit.

In terms of team news, Newcastle will have both Fabian Schar and Miguel Almiron fit and available to make their gameday squad, but it’s unknown if they will play, let alone if Alexander Isak will do so as he has entered the window for his comeback but might be lacking fitness.

Lewis Hall is ineligible to play against his former (yet officially still current) club, so he won’t grace SJP. Sean Longstaff will be a game-time decision, and Bruno Guimaraes (if fit) should play against Chelsea after serving his one-game suspension.

Here are some of Howe’s Wisdom Nuggets, courtesy of

On Newcastle United’s good recent home form...

“Our home form has been very strong; we have had some good results against some top sides. You look back at our last league game here against Arsenal, and it was a very strong performance, full of discipline and quality.

“Another performance and atmosphere like that would be more than welcome. There is a determination to put the Bournemouth result to bed.”

On Pochettino’s Chelsea, who currently sit tenth in the table...

“They have a great manager, someone who has been in the Premier League before and he can develop young players - full credit to him and the job he has been doing.

“I think he is a really good fit for Chelsea, and they are improving every week. We know it is going to be a real test.”

On the injury concerns in his squad ahead of Saturday’s game...

“Fabian (Schär) was more precautionary rather than any injury - we saw him yesterday, he seemed good.

“Miggy (Almirón) has worked really well since his hamstring. Kieran (Trippier) is fine - he has trained with us since his return from England. We will check on Sean (Longstaff) before Saturday.”


  • Date: Saturday, Nov. 25th
  • Kick-off: 15:00 BST / 10:00 EST
  • Location: St James’ Park, Newcastle (England)