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It's been an odd week for Chelsea. As the only side to have played two games already, you'd expect them to be finding their rhythm.
The victories against Wigan and Reading suggest that this isn't necessarily the case.
Although Roberto Di Matteo has six points from two matches, there's plenty for the manager to maul over.
Eden Hazard has already offered a glimpse of his class, providing two assists and winning two penalties. But at times, the Belgian starlet has gone missing, often suffering quiet spells when Chelsea have fallen under pressure.
That said, it's very difficult to argue against his tally so far.
Having found the net against Reading, Fernando Torres is firmly up and running. His movements against the Royals were intelligent, and he added to Chelsea's offence by taking up subtle positions.
We shouldn't underestimate the importance of his offside goal in the previous match. If luck is on his side, the Spaniard will quickly hit his stride.
After Newcastle defeated Spurs in their opening match, this test will be welcomed with open arms. Alan Pardew's side want to continue proving itself against the best and will be finely tuned to pick up points at Stamford Bridge.
Last year, Papiss Cisse scored two of the season's finest goals in the corresponding fixture. If he, Demba Ba or Ben Arfa can inspire, the Magpies might show just how seriously they want to appear in the Champions League next season.