Newcastle United vs. Chelsea: Lineups

Julian Finney

Shola Ameobi earns a surprise start for Newcastle as they host Chelsea at St. James' Park, while Jose Mourinho names Juan Mata in his lineup.

Shola Ameobi will make a rare start for Newcastle as they take on Chelsea at St James' Park.

Alan Pardew has usually been starting Yoann Gouffran as the team's main striker, with Loic Remy on the left, but now both have been pushed out to the wings with Ameobi coming into the centre. Mike Williamson also returns to the team after a brief run for youngster Paul Dummett.

Chelsea, meanwhile, opt to include Juan Mata in their team with Oscar and Eden Hazard, while Frank Lampard and Ramires continue in midfield. Fernando Torres is preferred to Samuel Eto'o up front, while John Terry starts in defence.

Newcastle starting lineup (4-3-3): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Davide Santon; Moussa Sissoko, Cheik Tiote, Yohan Cabaye; Yoann Gouffran Shola Ameobi, Loic Remy.

Chelsea starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Petr Cech; Branislav Ivanovic, David Luiz, John Terry, Ashley Cole; Ramires, Frank Lampard; Oscar, Juan Mata, Eden Hazard; Fernando Torres.

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