Chelsea will look to win their fifth consecutive league game as they welcome Newcastle at Stamford Bridge in what will be a close contest between the two sides who find themselves in good momentum in performances and recent results.
Newcastle will certainly look to make things difficult against Chelsea; Eddie Howe’s rejuvenated side have won six of their last seven fixtures.
Here are three Chelsea players we think you should keep an eye out for as Chelsea look to cement their position in the top 4.
Kai Havertz thriving as false 9 as he looks to continue goalscoring form
With 6 goals and 2 assists in his last 8 starts, Kai Havertz will be hoping to keep his place in the team against Newcastle as he looks to sustain his electric form in front of goal.
His technical excellence, off the ball movement and ability to glide across the pitch effortlessly has shown to be very effective for Chelsea in aid of producing results. The fluidity in build up and approach play has noticeably looked a lot more fluid with Havertz playing through the middle as a false 9, where he is able to drop deep into pockets of space and link with surrounding teammates.
Chelsea’s chances of picking up 3 points against Newcastle this weekend, will certainly be higher should he start ahead of Romelu Lukaku who has struggled to maintain any promising form.
Mason Mount’s resurgence in form?
As expected, the Englishman has gone through a rough patch as he failed to sustain his form at the start of 2022 from the early parts of the season. Although he picked up a goal and assist against Norwich, his impact on the team can simply not be overlooked.
His work rate on and off the ball, tenacity and determination has been evident for Chelsea this season. He will certainly be needed against Newcastle whether to help break down Newcastle’s defensive block, or to drop into midfield and help win the midfield battle up against the likes of Guimaraes, Shelvey and Willock.
Mason Mount currently sits on 8 goals and 7 assists in the league this season, putting him joint 3rd overall at Chelsea.
Hakim Ziyech to start after being left out in last two league games?
Could we see Hakim Ziyech start against Newcastle after not playing any involvement against Norwich and Burnley? The Moroccan was thriving having played out wide on the right flank where he’s able to pick the ball up and whip crosses in with the wand of his left foot.
He came up trumps with a wonderful goal against Spurs before netting the winner away at Crystal Palace and then providing with an assist against Lille in the UEFA Champions League.
It will certainly raise the eyebrows of some Chelsea fans should Hakim Ziyech go three consecutive games without starting or coming off the bench. His attributes and ability to break down a deep block could well be needed against Newcastle.
Written by Vikram Jajuha (@CFCVik)
Edited by Matt North (@MattNorth_)