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 • by Adam Newson
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Two wins from two Premier League games, including victory over London rivals Arsenal last time out, has got Maurizio Sarri off to the ideal start at Chelsea.

Yes, there is some way to go before the Italian’s tactical vision is completely understood and implemented by his side but the early signs are the Blues will be one of the most entertaining teams to watch this season.

Their opponents on Sunday will not be, however. And that is largely by design as former Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez works hard to ensure Newcastle United once again remain in the top flight despite spending significantly less than the majority of their rivals.

Sarri’s side can expect to face a deep-lying and stubborn defensive block. Their mission will be to carve that open at St James’ Park.

The good news is that Chelsea could see Eden Hazard start for the first time this season. The Belgian has been eased back into action after returning late this summer due the World Cup, yet he has claimed two assists in his two substitute appearances.

Cesc Fàbregas is a major doubt with a knee injury, so Mateo Kovačić could be handed his full debut in midfield ahead of Ross Barkley.

Our unique algorithm has predicted the Chelsea side it believes will start the game against Newcastle.

Football Whispers uses data to predict teams’ starting XIs, taking into account injuries, suspensions, the statistical likelihood of a player being selected, the competition the match is in, players’ previous performances and the opponent’s style.

And you can also give it a go yourself. Just click ‘create your own’ on the line-up at the top of the page and pick your ideal XI for the game. You can also see each player’s stats once you’ve selected them.

When you’re happy with your team, press confirm and you’ll be able to share it with your friends via social media.

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