Big Callum Wilson decision made: Newcastle United predicted XI gallery vs Chelsea

Newcastle United’s predicted starting XI to take on Chelsea at St James’ Park.

Newcastle United host Chelsea in their final Premier League game before the Qatar World Cup break.

Following an incredible start to the campaign, Eddie Howe’s side will go into the five-week pause in the top four of the table, regardless of the result versus Chelsea.

But a win against Graham Potter’s side, and say this quietly, will see the Magpies cement their spot in the Champions League places ahead of the second half of the campaign.

Imagine saying that at the start of the season? But ultimately, that is the position Newcastle find themselves in after collecting 27 points from their opening 14 games.

Howe’s side have only lost once at St James’ Park in 2022 and are currently on a nine-game unbeaten run, which includes four straight wins.

Chelsea, meanwhile, have lost their last three in all competitions. A Newcastle victory would put them nine points above their visitors.

“We know it’s going to be a really difficult game,” Howe said. “I really like Graham Potter and I’ve got a lot of respect for him. His teams always, tactically, give you a problem so we’re going to need to deal with that.

“They’ve got world-class players but we have to make sure we continue our excellent intensity levels and the crowd play a part because I think that’s been a big weapon for us here.

It’s a huge game on Tyneside - and here’s the Newcastle United starting XI NewcastleWorld are predicting Howe to name.

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