Newcastle draw up striking shortlist to replace Ba

NEWCASTLE United have compiled a three-man shortlist of strikers to replace Chelsea-bound Demba Ba, who is set to be unveiled by the European champions this afternoon.

Sunderland 1 Chelsea 3 - Mark Douglas' match analysis

HIGH in the gods at the Stadium of Light, Chelsea’s supporters sang their songs of rebellion while their team rolled back into title contention.

SAFC boss Martin O'Neill urges his players to go for it

MARTIN O’Neill has ordered his Sunderland players to “just go out and play” against under-pressure Chelsea tomorrow.

Martin O'Neill on the pitfalls of being a top-flight coach

THE lack of job security endured by Premier League managers is a topic back in focus following Chelsea boss Robert Di Matteo’s dismissal.

Greg Abbott expecting better from his players

CARLISLE boss Greg Abbott expects a reaction tonight when the Blues kick off their Johnstone’s Paint Trophy campaign against Preston.

Fabricio Coloccini could be fit to face Chelsea

ALAN Pardew is hoping that Fabricio Coloccini will be fit and ready to lead his side to another memorable night at Stamford Bridge.

Mowbray gets Josh McEachran ahead of top sides

TONY Mowbray has revealed he beat a host of Premier League clubs to sign young Chelsea star Josh McEachran on a season-long loan.

Alan Pardew: Bad time to tackle buoyant Chelsea

THIS was meant to be the £30million match. The exaggerated figure is a reference to the swollen booty on offer to the team qualifying for the Champions League, and while the prize remains as tantalising, the landscape has changed beyond measure.

Craig Gardner has banished homesick blues

CRAIG Gardner has cured the homesickness that threatened his early Sunderland career and is now looking to stay at the Stadium of Light in the long-term.

Alan Shearer praises NUFC but fears Chelsea victory

ALAN Shearer has saluted Newcastle United’s “incredible season” – but shares Tyneside’s fears that Chelsea may yet wreck the Champions League party.

Newcastle United's European ambitions

HAVING seen Chelsea do the unthinkable, Newcastle United now require something incredible.

Alan Pardew has reasons to be thankful + VIDEO

NEWCASTLE United have James Perch and Mike Williamson to thank for a victory which kept them hot on Chelsea's heels, according to manager Alan Pardew.

Nothing to fear for Newcastle United in Europe race

TOTTENHAM and Chelsea need continental football next season, Newcastle do not.

Keeper Tim Krul warns rival clubs: ‘Be afraid’

TIM Krul has warned Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal they should be “afraid” of Newcastle United as the buoyant Magpies hit the home strait in the chase for a Champions League place.

O'Neill stands by 'brave' James McClean

SUNDERLAND boss Martin O'Neill praised young winger James McClean’s courage after the Ulsterman was guilty of spurning two sitters that cost the Black Cats a point at Chelsea.

Chelsea 1 Sunderland 0

EVER get the feeling that this was going to be one of those days?

Chelsea 1 Sunderland 0

FRANK LAMPARD proved the master of being in the right place at the right time once again today as Chelsea survived a second-half scare to beat Sunderland in the Barclays Premier League.

Chelsea and SAFC keepers go head to head

IT could be a case of comparing headgear fashion prior to kick-off tomorrow at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea and Sunderland get ready to for the battle of the masks.

Yohan Cabaye looking to slay giants Manchester United

THE last five days have been a reminder of why the Premier League is so loved around the world – Manchester United humbled by Blackburn Rovers, Sunderland beating Manchester City, Chelsea shocked by Aston Villa.

Yohan Cabaye's hoping to regain momentum

YOHAN Cabaye says battered Newcastle United must bounce back quickly from damaging defeat to Chelsea.

Alan Pardew wary of wounded Chelsea

ALAN Pardew thinks the pressure on Chelsea could play into the hands of his Newcastle United side today, but fears their wounded pride will make them a more dangerous prospect.

Cheick Tiote to miss out on Chelsea match

CHEICK Tioté will miss tomorrow’s visit of Chelsea but, despite his return being put back on a near-weekly basis, manager Alan Pardew is confident the midfielder does not need knee surgery.

Yohan Cabaye: We must have the belief to succeed

YOHAN Cabaye has told Newcastle United they need to win Saturday’s game against Chelsea – and last week’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United should give them the belief to do so.

Carlisle star losing his fitness battle

CARLISLE UNITED boss Greg Abbott admits it will be a major blow if the Blues are without injured top-scorer Lee Miller for this afternoon’s trip to Walsall.

John O'Shea's set for a Sunderland recall

FIT-AGAIN John O’Shea is set for a rapid return to the Sunderland side after Phil Bardsley was banned for four games for a stamp on Chelsea’s Juan Mata.

Sunderland 1 Chelsea 2

THE floodlights were starting to shine brightly through the dark cloud, the temperature dropped, the wind was whipping rubbish around the Stadium of Light.

Lee Cattermole backs Nicklas Bendtner to shine

LEE Cattermole is looking at Saturday’s visit of Chelsea as a “fresh start” to Sunderland’s season, and hopes Nicklas Bendtner will provide the buzz to finally get it going.

Sunderland are facing defensive headache

SUNDERLAND face defensive headaches ahead of their weekend meeting with title chasers Chelsea after John O'Shea was sent home from international duty with a calf injury.

Pardew urges Mike Ashley to splash the cash

ALAN Pardew hopes Newcastle United’s impressive performance in a 2-2 draw at Chelsea will help persuade owner Mike Ashley to loosen the purse strings ahead of a busy summer in the transfer market.

Alan Pardew bemoans Cheik Tiote's bookings

CHELSEA'S Old Trafford defeat has spared Alan Pardew a tricky decision - but it will not save Cheik Tioté from his manager's wrath.

Danny Simpson warns Blues to beware of Newcastle

DANNY Simpson has warned Birmingham City that Newcastle United are a completely different proposition on their own patch - provided they start well.

Cheick Tiote not interested in joining Chelsea

CHEICK Tiote has signed a long-term contract at Newcastle United as he intends to play in Europe with them, after dismissing suggestions he could be heading to Chelsea in the summer.

FC Coperhagen 0 Chelsea 2

CHELSEA proved they were very much alive and kicking last night as Nicolas Anelka fired them to within touching distance of the Champions League quarter-finals.

Sunderland 2 Chelsea 4

STEVE Bruce knows he is trying to make the best out of a bad situation following the departure of Darren Bent in the transfer window but goals were not the problem against Chelsea.

Steve Bruce has no complaints after defeat

STEVE Bruce admitted his side could have few complaints about crashing to a fourth home defeat of the season as they were dispatched by a rampant and rejuvenated Chelsea.

Strong Blues revival a concern for Steve Bruce

HAVING started Chelsea's mid-season crisis, Steve Bruce has seen ominous signs the Londoners are coming out of it.

Chelsea Res 1 Sunderland Res 3

A young Black Cats side came from behind to claim victory in the Barclays Premier Reserve League clash.

Chris Hughton praises 'perfect response'

CHRIS Hughton hailed battling Newcastle United’s “perfect response” as they bounced back from their Bolton debacle to earn a fine point from champions Chelsea.

Hughton looks to add to Chelsea's Blues

CHRIS Hughton knows Chelsea will be the overwhelming favourites to win tomorrow, but that has not stopped the Newcastle United manager believing his side are capable of pulling off another shock result.

Tamworth are not Lambs to slaughter says Abbott

CARLISLE boss Greg Abbott insists he will afford today’s non-league FA Cup opponents Tamworth exactly the same respect as any of the Blues’ League One promotion rivals.

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