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Chelsea vs Newcastle: Premier League David Luiz out with knee injury

Chelsea are again without defender David Luiz for Saturday's Premier League clash with Newcastle, live on Sky Sports from 11.30am.

Chelsea vs Newcastle: Premier League prediction, team news, line-ups, start time, live, TV

Chelsea will be hoping for their second Premier League home win in four days as Newcastle head to Stamford Bridge on Saturday, boosted by Antonio Conte's avoiding a touchline ban.

The Chelsea coach was sent to the stands by referee Neil Swarbrick after ranting at fourth official Lee Mason during the Blues' 1-0 win against Swansea on Wednesday night, for which he accepted a fine from the FA on Friday.

The champions were less than impressive as the edged a close encounter with the Swans, with Antonio Rudiger the unlikely hero on the night as the Blues kept their faint title hopes alive.

Rafael Benitez also returns to Stamford Bridge, four and a half years on from guiding the Blues to a Europa League triumph but now in charge of a Newcastle team who are winless in their last five matches.

Start time

Chelsea host Newcastle at Stamford Bridge with kick-off scheduled for 12:30pm on Saturday, December 2.

TV and live online coverage

The match will televised live on Sky Sports' Premier League and Main Event channels, with coverage starting at 11:30am. The match is also available online to subscribers via the Sky GO app.

You can follow all the build-up and action from 11:30am with New Gersy blog.

Team News

Chelsea are again without defender David Luiz, who is struggling with a knee injury, for Saturday lunchtime.

Charly Musonda also has a knee problem is unavailable as Blues boss Antonio Conte prepares to rotate his options once more.

Striker Michy Batshuayi and the left-sided Kenedy have returned to training, but may not yet be in the squad.

Provisional squad: Courtois, Caballero, Rudiger, Alonso, Fabregas, Drinkwater, Kante, Morata, Hazard, Pedro, Bakayoko, Moses, Kenedy, Zappacosta, Willian, Batshuayi, Cahill, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Clarke-Salter, Sterling, Eduardo, Ampadu.

Newcastle United
Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez has no fresh injury problems with defenders Paul Dummett (hamstring) and Jamaal Lascelles (foot) and winger Christian Atsu (groin) losing in on returns, but will not feature this weekend.

Benitez made five changes for Tuesday night's 2-2 fightback draw at West Brom with Karl Darlow, Chancel Mbemba, Isaac Hayden, Mikel Merino and Ayoze Perez replacing Rob Elliot, Javier Manquillo, Jonjo Shelvey, Mohamed Diame and Dwight Gayle, but was coy when asked if he would shuffle his pack once again.

Provisional squad: Darlow, Elliot, Yedlin, Manquillo, Mbemba, Gamez, Haidara, Clark, Lejeune, Merino, Shelvey, Hayden, Saivet, Ritchie, Murphy, Aarons, Diame, Perez, Joselu, Gayle, Mitrovic.

Predicted line-ups

Chelsea starting XI: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger, Zappacosta, Drinkwater, Kante, Alonso, Pedro, Morata, Hazard

Newcastle starting XI: Darlow, Yedlin, Lejeune, Clark, Mbemba, Hayden, Merino, Ritchie, Perez, Murphy, Joselu

More Details:

Chelsea VS Newcastle United
Stamford Bridge Stadium
12:30pm on Saturday
02 Dec. 2017
Premier League

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