Predicted Chelsea line-up: Sarri to start Eden Hazard for trip to Newcastle? - The Chelsea Chronicle

Predicted Chelsea line-up: Sarri to start Eden Hazard for trip to Newcastle?

With two wins from two and six goals scored, life at Chelsea has started well for Maurizio Sarri.

But despite the perfect start, Sarri saw enough in the Arsenal win to concern him, telling the BBC: “We did very well for 75 minutes but, inside that, 15 minutes were horrible.”

The ease with which Arsenal created chances in the first half has given Sarri a reason to consider changes for the trip to St. James Park on Sunday.

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On the other hand, Newcastle are coming off a disappointing draw against Cardiff, where they had a man sent off and missed a last minute penalty.

Kenedy will be missing for the hosts as he is ineligible to play against his parent club whilst DeAndre Yedlin could return from injury.

Kovacic to get first start

Despite only playing 30 minutes against Arsenal, Mateo Kovacic looked very impressive.

And even though Ross Barkley has done well with his chance, the Croatian was signed primarily to start games.

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Kovacic needed to be eased in to the Premier League after reaching the World Cup Final with Croatia, but now seems ready to go.

As a result, we could see Sarri give Kovacic his first start up on Tyneside whilst Barkely moves to the bench.

Time to start Hazard?

Eden Hazard has been drip-fed Premier League action as a result of his World Cup exploits with Belgium.

Despite only playing a handful of minutes, Hazard has still provided two assists in his limited time on the pitch.

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However this could be the week we see Sarri give the Belgian his first start of the season, with his former manager Rafa Benitez on the opposing sideline.

And Willian could be the player to make way, having struggled to make an impact on the first two games of the season.

Predicted XI: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Rudiger, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic; Pedro, Morata, Hazard