Newcastle United midfielder Isaac Hayden admitted Saturday’s game will be a tough challenge against an in-form Chelsea team but hopes for another shock result.
The 25-year-old was the Magpies’ hero in last season’s 1-0 home win over Chelsea back in January with his 94th-minute winning goal.
Wasteful Chelsea paid the price after dominating the game with an overwhelming 70% possession of the ball but only managing to test goalkeeper Martin Dubravka four times despite 19 shots.
Even Hayden said the home team were lucky to win.
“It was backs to the wall for pretty much 90 minutes, then I popped up with a daylight robbery [winner] at the end of the game,” he told Newcastle United’s official website on Wednesday.
“We’d probably take that again, if we were given the options.
“But hopefully it doesn’t go like that again and we have a bit more of a comfortable victory, hopefully, we can play a bit better on the ball this time, cause them a few more problems.”
But Hayden understands that they will face a different challenge from an in-form Chelsea side who will head into the game with four consecutive wins in all competitions.
“It is not going to be rosy every single moment of the game,” he added.
“They [Chelsea] have done well, they have got a lot of points on the board already, they’ve lost one game all season.
“We have to go into it with confidence and knowing that if we stick to our game plan, try to hurt them as much as we can, we can get a result.”