Date: 1st December 2017 at 1:40pm
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Stamford Bridge hosts a Premier League fixture in less than a week when Chelsea welcome Newcastle to West London this Saturday lunchtime.

Ahead of the intriguing clash that sees Antonio Conte go head-to-head with a former occupant of the Chelsea managerial hot-seat, Rafael Benitez, we`ve assembled, courtesy of the form and history books, a raft of fascinating facts.

? Chelsea have a more than decent record against Newcastle at Stamford Bridge. The last 22 top-flight fixtures have provided Chelsea with 15 wins, 6 draws and just the 1 loss.

? The only defeat Chelsea have suffered in the Premier League, at the hands of Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge, came back in May 2012 when Chelsea lost 2-0 with Papiss Cisse scoring two wonder strikers for the bar-codes.

? Chelsea`s defence has tightened up in recent weeks after a poor start to the season, the last 5 Premier League games have seen Chelsea keep 4 clean-sheets.

? Chelsea`s defence of their Premier League crown has faltered, one reason being that Chelsea have already dropped 8 points at home this season compared to just dropping 6 all season when the title was won.

? These two sides haven`t met in the Premier League since the 2015 / 2016, during that campaign, the two games saw Willian score in both fixtures, something the Brazilian has, during his career at Chelsea, also done against Everton, Southampton and Stoke City.

? Already this season, Chelsea have scored 8 goals from headers, a figure no other Premier League side can match.

? Newcastle United`s away form is pretty dire, the last 18 Premier League fixtures have yielded just 1 win with Newcastle losing 13 and drawing 4.

? This fixture will be the 13th time that Rafael Benitez has been on the opposition bench at Stamford Bridge, the previous 12, all with Liverpool, have produced 7 losses, 4 defeats and just the 1 win. The win came in October 2008 when an own goal from Jose Boswinga was enough to give Liverpool victory.

 
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