4-2-3-1: Chelsea’s Strongest Starting XI vs Newcastle: Hazard to start while Matic Dropped


Chelsea have remained unbeaten under Guus Hiddink, but have not progressed all that far from their time under Jose Mourinho. They will have a chance to correct that when they take on Newcastle this weekend.

Ahead of the kick-off, we take a look at the Predicted Chelsea Starting XI vs Newcastle. Hiddink will be aware of the mounting pressure on his side to play a certain brand of football after being very sluggish in recent weeks.

Perhaps a return for Eden Hazard will sort things right, we take a look.

Predicted Chelsea Starting XI vs Newcastle

Predicted Chelsea Starting XI vs Newcastle

Guus Hiddink has tried several things in recent weeks with Oscar going out on the left, Pedro starting and even Fabregas in the number 10 role. However, nothing has worked according to plans.

Perhaps now is the time to trust his most charismatic player in Eden Hazard. The Belgium International has been limited to role from the bench in recent weeks. With rest of the players not playing effectively, Hiddink must give him one more chance to save his Chelsea career.

Elsewhere, John Obi Mikel will continue to flourish in the Predicted Chelsea Starting XI vs Newcastle after re-inventing himself under the new manager. Cesc Fabregas will be used as deep-lying playmaker alongside Mikel.

Defense is on thin cover with Terry-Cahill being the only available centre-back pairing. The duo will start with Ivanovic-Azpilicueta starting as the full-backs.

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