LIVE: Newcastle vs Chelsea… The Premier League is BACK! Frank Lampard gives Antonio Rudiger a rare start at St James’ Park as Ben Chilwell is passed fit to start despite limping off for England
- Chelsea head to St James’ Park to take on Newcastle as Premier League returns
- The Magpies remain comfortably above the drop zone despite Southampton loss
- Frank Lampard’s side are unbeaten in eight matches across all competitions
- Latest Premier League news, live action and results can be found here
- Premier League table – as it stands
Chelsea make trip to St James’ Park to take on Newcastle as Premier League returns following international break.
The Magpies suffered a 2-0 defeat to Southampton in their last topflight outing but remain a comfortable eight points above the relegation zone.
Frank Lampard’s side are unbeaten in eight matches across all competitions and can take top spot in the Premier League table with a victory in the North East.
Follow Sportsmail’s Ieuan Ivett will provide live EPL coverage of Newcastle vs Chelsea including score, lineups and updates.
Joe Cole fancies Chelsea to be in the Premier League title race this season after their busy summer transfer window.
He told BT Sport: ‘The quality that’s been added, I can’t see how they cannot challenge for the title. Fantastic talent and a great manager and a club with the tradition of winning things. You know the recent history of the club in the last 20 years, you have to win things.’
The warm-ups are well underway and the final preparations are being made ahead of the 12:30 kick-off.
The more eagle-eyed among you may notice the new Premier League footballs for the upcoming winter months.
The Chelsea stars have been pictured entering St James’ Park through the strict coronavirus protocols.
Hopefully this won’t be in place much longer and fans can return to the stadiums soon.
Match odds via BonusCodeBets
Newcastle to win 11/2
Chelsea to win 1/2
Timo Wener to score 4/5
Joelinton to score 4/1
Both teams to score
Over 2.5 goals 8/11
Under 2.5 goals 11/10
Hakim Ziyech has been named in Frank Lampard’s side for his third Premier League start for Chelsea.
Coming off the back of three goals in two matches during the international break, Newcastle will have to keep their wits about them this lunchtime if they are going to keep him quiet.
And welcome to Sportsmail’s coverage of Newcastle vs Chelsea as the Premier League returns following the international break.
Stay tuned for team news, build-up and live commentary as Frank Lampard’s side look to continue their unbeaten run.
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