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Newcastle vs Chelsea preview: Werner, Lukaku remain out

Team news, stats and prediction ahead of Newcastle vs Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday; kick-off 3pm.

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Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey is back in contention for the home game against Chelsea after suspension.

Interim-boss Graeme Jones could also recall goalkeeper Martin Dubravka, who has returned to training after a foot injury.

Paul Dummett (calf) and Elliot Anderson (hip) both remain sidelined, but otherwise Jones has a full-strength squad to choose from.

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Timo Werner is also sidelined with a hamstring issue

Chelsea will still be without both Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku. Werner is missing with a hamstring issue while an ankle injury has sidelined Lukaku, with boss Thomas Tuchel hoping to have the pair back after the November international break.

Mateo Kovacic (hamstring) is out after a training ground injury while Christian Pulisic (ankle) is back in training but will not be in contention until the visit of Burnley next weekend.

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A look at the key stats ahead of the fixtures in Matchweek 10 of the Premier League, including Tottenham vs Manchester United and Wolves vs Everton

Follow Newcastle vs Chelsea in our dedicated live match blog. Highlights will also be published on the Sky Sports digital platforms and the Sky Sports Football YouTube channel from 5.15pm on Saturday.

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from the 1-1 draw between Crystal Palace and Newcastle

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Chelsea’s win over Norwich

Jones Knows prediction

My theory that the odds surrounding both teams to score in Chelsea matches is overpriced has yet to bear any fruit.

But I’m not jumping off the wagon yet.

On paper, Chelsea have the best defence in the Premier League with just three goals conceded – but I will be flabbergasted if that remains the case over the course of the season. They are offering up good chances and shooting opportunities to the opposition. A figure of 1.62 expected goals conceded per 90 minutes in their last 10 fixtures showcases that. Southampton created 2.14 worth of expected goals in the 1-1 draw in midweek.

I’ve referenced this before, but it’s still relevant, Chelsea have the biggest difference between goals conceded (3) and expected goals against (10.7) in the Premier League after the opening eight games – at 7.7.

This is the week we should cop a return on the both teams to score bet as the Blues travel to the both teams to score gurus. Eight of Newcastle’s nine games this season have seen both teams bag a goal and in Callum Wilson they have a player of breaching elite defences. The evens should be snapped up.

Personally, I’ll be cheering on a home win having invested in the chances of Graeme Jones getting the Newcastle job at 14/1 with Sky Bet. I’m not confident though. Chelsea have a knack of finding ways to win.

SCORE PREDICTION: 1-2 | BETTING ANGLE: Both teams to score (Evens with Sky Bet)

Premier League Preview: Redknapp’s Tottenham vs Man Utd verdict | Will West Ham’s rise continue? | Problems for Norwich, Everton

Pete Smith is joined by Jamie Redknapp, Oliver Yew and Simeon Gholam to preview another bumper weekend of Premier League action.

PART 1 | Jamie Redknapp previews the Saturday Night Football clash between Tottenham and Manchester United. Will United bounce back from their humiliating 5-0 defeat to Liverpool last weekend?

PART 2 | Pete Smith is joined by Oliver Yew and Simeon Gholam to look ahead to Aston Villa vs West Ham on Super Sunday. West Ham’s season continues to get better and better after their Carabao Cup victory against Man City. Will that good run continue at Villa Park?

PART 3 | Norwich vs Leeds on Super Sunday and Wolves vs Everton on Monday Night Football: Pressure building on Daniel Farke, Rafael Benitez looking for solutions.

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Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow says Josh Cavallo’s decision to come out as gay is a step forward and he hopes it will encourage others to feel able to come out

  • Newcastle have lost five of their last six Premier League meetings with Chelsea, winning the other 1-0 in January 2020.
  • Chelsea have won two of their last three Premier League away games against Newcastle (L1), more than they had in their previous seven visits to St James’ Park (W1 D2 L4).
  • Since the start of last season, Newcastle have conceded more home league goals (43) and kept fewer home league clean sheets (two) than any other ever-present Premier League side over the two campaigns. The Magpies are yet to keep a league clean sheet at St. James’ Park this season.
  • Newcastle are without a win in their nine league games so far this season. Only twice in their history have the Magpies failed to win any of their opening 10 games to a league campaign, though they avoided relegation at the end of the season both times (1898-99 and 2018-19).
  • Chelsea are looking to win four consecutive Premier League matches under Thomas Tuchel for the second time. They previously did so in February, with the fourth game in that run coming against Newcastle United.
  • Chelsea have already had 14 different goalscorers in the Premier League this season, the earliest in a campaign any team has ever had as many players score for them in the competition (excluding own goals).
  • Chelsea have the best difference between goals scored (23) and expected goals (15) in the Premier League this season, netting eight goals more than their xG suggests. At the other end, Chelsea have conceded (3) almost eight goals fewer than their xG against (10.7), also the best difference in the division.
  • Mason Mount has been involved in more Premier League goals for Chelsea under manager Thomas Tuchel than any other player at the club (11 – 7 goals, 4 assists), with the England midfielder netting a hat-trick against Norwich last time out.
  • Newcastle striker Callum Wilson has scored six goals in his last six Premier League games, as many as he had in his previous 21 in the competition. He’s looking to score in four consecutive appearances in the competition for the second time, previously doing so in September 2019 with Bournemouth.
  • Ben Chilwell has scored in each of his last four Premier League appearances for Chelsea (4 goals). He’d only scored two goals in his first 26 games for the club in the competition.

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‘Hundreds’ of Americans likely remain in Afghanistan, says former top U.S. diplomat

While more than 120,000 people were airlifted out during the August withdrawal of U.S. troops and diplomats, according to White House figures, those remaining include Afghan Americans who live there and have families there, Zalmay Khalilzad said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

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Kate and William channel Diana’s ‘ease with ordinary people’ to ‘remain relevant’

Prince William ‘more confidence’ because of Kate says Levin

Last month Prince William and his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, both 39 stepped out on the red carpet for the premiere of the latest instalment in the James Bond franchise – No Time to Die. The red carpet occasion marked the first instance that the Cambridges were seen alongside William’s father, and heir to the throne Prince Charles, 72 and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, 74 since June’s G7 summit in Cornwall.

Taking place on September 28, the Duchess of Cambridge wore a glittering gold Jenny Packham cape gown which prompted praise from royal watchers, and even from James Bond actor Daniel Craig.

While frequenting the event which took place at London’s Royal Albert Hall the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – who have been married for a decade – were witnessed holding hands, something not usually seen from royal couples and deemed a breach of protocol by traditionalists.

The affair to mark the latest in the 007 franchise and the fifth instalment of the series starring Daniel Craig as the protagonist, also saw the royals mingling with celebrities and a-list guests.

The royals interacted with Mr Craig’s co-stars Dame Judi Dench, Rami Malek, Ana de Armas, Léa Seydoux and Lashana Lynch, a feat which also came under the microscope as the couple were also deemed to breaching protocol by “blending in with everyday household celebrities”.

Kate and William channel Diana’s ‘ease with ordinary people’ to ‘remain relevant’ (Image: Getty Images)

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge speaking with James Bond star Daniel Craig (Image: Getty Images)

However Laura E Mayhall, associate professor of modern British history at The Catholic University of America has branded the actions of the royals, as channeling those of William’s late mother.

She told Express.co.uk: “The comment that William and Kate are deviating from royal protocol by hobnobbing with celebrities seems to suggest that royalty exists in a sphere outside of celebrity, which hasn’t been the case since the early 20th century.

“Certain members of the family have pushed that connection farther than others — Edward VIII, for example, was widely viewed as a celebrity, especially in the American press.

“Arguably, Princess Margaret also pushed that line, but the royal family exercised more control over how the media portrayed its members in the Fifties and Sixties than it would in later decades when the tabloid press became more aggressive in documenting the behaviour of royals.

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The Cambridges were joined by Prince Charles, and Camilla Duchess of Cornwall at the event (Image: Getty Images)

She claims that Diana, Princess of Wales brought popularity to the Royal Family (Image: Getty Images)

“Princess Diana was perhaps the epitome of the celebrity royal – think of her dancing with John Travolta at the White House, for example.”

She later added: “Kate and William are invoking Diana’s ease with ‘ordinary people’ (as if celebrities are ‘ordinary’), an ease which Charles and Camilla lack.”

She claims that Diana, Princess of Wales who died in 1997, brought popularity to the Royal Family, and describes her as a “force to be reckoned with” within her analysis.

The historian, who has been interviewed for a number of documentaries on the monarchy in Britain in the past, explained: “You could argue that the royal family was more popular with the public than it had been for decades during Diana’s marriage to Charles precisely because she fulfilled an emotional as well as royal role.

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The royal historian claims that Kate and William follow in Diana’s footsteps with their actions (Image: Getty Images)

“Even Queen Elizabeth II recognised that Diana was a force to be reckoned with when the public and the tabloids forced her to address the nation in the wake of Diana’s death.”

Laura E. Mayhall added that the Cambridges are evolving the image of the Royal Family, by channelling Diana’s actions, in a move she said “shouldn’t be surprising” and which allows the Royal Family to “remain relevant”.

She also branded the heir apparent and his wife Camilla as “awkward” when operating in the same celebrity circuit, compared to the younger members of the Firm.

Ms Mayhall said: “In her life, Diana juxtaposed those celebrity moments with encounters with ‘real’ people — the photos of her with AIDS patients, or victims of mines, for example, demonstrated that she could relate to people up and down the social scale all while being beautiful and glamorous.”

She then added: “It shouldn’t be surprising that Kate and William are following in Diana’s footsteps. To remain relevant, the royal family has to engage with the preoccupations of its public.

Diana, pictured with her sons Prince Harry and Prince William (Image: Getty Images)

“And William and Kate seem to be able to move seamlessly from one end of the social scale to the other, just like she did (unlike Charles and Camilla’s awkwardness in public).”

Ms Mayhall also argued that by showing affection Kate and William signalled their ability to lead.

She stated the action showed clear affection between the couple, something which she claims wasn’t evident when Donald and Melania Trump attempted the same – which gave off an impression of their relationship while leading the country.

She said: “Kate and William holding hands in public as a sign of affection marks a striking contrast with the multiple public occasions on which Donald Trump attempted to hold Melania’s hand, only to have it slapped away.

“That was widely viewed in the US as a sign of a dysfunctional marriage, again with implications for the state of the nation.”

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