Chelsea-Newcastle United Preview

The Associated Press

As Chelsea continue their attempt to improve the squad through the January transfer window, they'll try again to win back-to-back Premier League matches for the first time in more than two months.

Looking to remain unbeaten for a fifth straight match over all competitions, the Blues aim to do the double over host Newcastle United on Saturday.

Though Chelsea (12-3-7) sit fourth in the Premier League table, and a massive 22 points back of runaway leaders Liverpool, they are still looking to better the on-pitch look of the club. The Blues have been reported to be interested in the likes of international stars such as Edinson Cavani and German Timo Werner, to name two of the more prominent possibilities that have come to light.

It's interesting that Chelsea look for more offensive help considering they rank amongst the league leaders with 39 goals. Though still not in the same class as the likes of Manchester City (62 goals) and Liverpool (50), who are still the gold standard for offensive English football.

Jorginho, Tammy Abraham and Callum Hudson-Odoi each had a goal in the Blues' 3-0 home win over Burnley last weekend. Chelsea last won consecutive Premier League matches during a six-game winning streak from Sept. 28-Nov. 9, but they are amidst 3-1-0 stretch over all competitions.

"We enjoyed ourselves out there (versus Burnley)," Abraham, who has a team-leading 15 goals over all competitions, told Chelsea's official website. "We had to give a performance and that's what we did. We worked in training at getting in the box, creating chances, different movements, and we did that in the game. Hopefully it continues.

"We know the competition is high in the Premier League, and we have to just keep doing that. To do that, we have to keep winning games and hopefully we'll do that as much as possible."

Hudson-Odoi assisted on Marcos Alonso's 73rd minute as Chelsea topped Newcastle 1-0 on Oct. 19 at Stamford Bridge for its third consecutive triumph over the Magpies. The Blues are amid a 6-1-1 Premier League stretch versus Newcastle, but that lone defeat came at St James' Park back in May 2018.

The Magpies (7-5-10) are 13th in the table and 0-1-3 in the league since beating Crystal Palace on Dec. 21. Newcastle did snap a three-game slide with last weekend's 1-1 draw at Wolves, but they've still managed just four goals over their last six top-flight contests. Miguel Almiron scored in the seventh minute to put Newcastle ahead, but the hosts equalised seven minutes to end the scoring for the match.

Outside of the Premier League, Newcastle stayed alive in the FA Cup with a 4-1 win over Rochdale this week.

"(We were) happy to get the win," defender Jamaal Lascelles told Newcastle's official website. "All we can do is focus on every game, and our next main focus is on Saturday against Chelsea. Which will be a tough game."

Almiron has four goals over all competitions this season for the Magpies, with one in each of the last three contests over all competitions.

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