Chelsea are brimming with confidence.
Newcastle United are surely searching for some.
The Blues may have a chance to go top of the Premier League on Saturday when they look to continue their tremendous run of form against the struggling Magpies.
Chelsea (16-5-3) are 8-2-0 over their last 10 matches in all competitions, outscoring opponents 15-2. That includes a superb performance in Monday's 1-0 victory away to Manchester City, as the Blues completed an impressive double over the title favourites.
"It was very important for us, we now have more confidence because it's not easy to play against Manchester City," midfielder Nemanja Matic told the team's official website. "We showed we can compete with any team."
They also further tightened the race for the league title, despite manager Jose Mourinho claiming that his side is still a work in progress.
Chelsea are tied with Man City for second, two points back of leaders Arsenal, who visit Liverpool for the lunchtime kick-off on Saturday.
While Manchester City are facing Norwich City, Chelsea will be well aware if they can overtake the Gunners by the time they take the pitch at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea aren't taking their status as title contenders for granted.
"We need to keep working hard and keep our feet on the floor," David Luiz told the team's official website. "You have to improve every day if you want to win the title."
Newcastle (11-4-9) aren't improving at all of late, and they appear to be undergoing some upheaval after Joe Kinnear resigned from his position as director of football.
On the pitch, they've been outscored 10-5 during a 1-1-5 stretch in all competitions, dating to a 5-1 victory over Stoke City on Boxing Day. They've since been shut out five times in seven matches, including each of the last two following last weekend's 3-0 home defeat to relegation-threatened Sunderland.
Still, Newcastle seems to think they can solve the team with the best defensive record in the Premier League again after defeating Chelsea 2-0 at home Nov. 2.
"It's going to be hard but I think we've got a chance," midfielder Cheick Tiote told the team's official website. "We have some good players in the squad so if we do the right things, we've got a chance to win.
"But it's going to be tough because Chelsea are a good, good, good, good team. It's going to be tough but if we do the right things we've got a chance to win."
Production from Luuk De Jong would help.
The forward put three of his four shots on target against Sunderland in his club debut. He's on loan from Germany's Borussia Monchengladbach, and Tiote feels it's only a matter of time before he shows his quality for the Magpies.
"I think he's a goalscorer and he can hold the ball up front also," Tiote said. "He's a good player and I hope he'll be there a lot because I think we need some good players to score goals"
Chelsea could use some goals from Eden Hazard, who leads the team with 11 across all competitions. However, he's managed only one goal in seven matches and none in the past four.
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