Frank Lampard‘s side had gathered momentum before the international break and will be hoping to get going where they left off. Meanwhile, Newcastle sit 13th in the table and will be hoping to improve upon their league position as they welcome the Blues to Tyneside.
Unlike plenty of their league rivals, the Blues squad has by and large returned relatively unscathed from the international break and Lampard has almost a full squad from which to choose.
Summer arrival Kai Havertz didn’t join up with the German squad after testing positive for Covid, but the attacking midfielder is unlikely to feature from the start as he has only just returned to individual training. Winger Christian Pulisic has also been training following his release from the USA squad but is a doubt with an ongoing hamstring problem.
The only other doubts come from Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell, who have endured a heavy workload, as well as a slight back problem for the England left-back.
Here’s how we think the Blues will line up this afternoon…
GK - Edouard Mendy
Two wins and two clean sheets for Senegal during the break mean the stopper is in fine form for club and country
RB - Reece James
Only eligible for the first of three England games so should be fresh and ready to go
CB - Kurt Zouma
Has been in fine form this season and establishing himself as an essential starter alongside Thiago Silva when fit
CB - Antonio Rudiger
Barely featured this season but could deputise for Silva to allow the experienced Brazilian to rest after a frantic few weeks
LB - Ben Chilwell
Promptly returned to England training before being rested for the Iceland game. Should be ready to go for this
CM - Mateo Kovacic
CM - N'Golo Kante
The Frenchman is thriving once again in a Blues shirt and is almost certainly one of the first names on the teamsheet again.
RW - Hakim Ziyech
Perhaps the in-form player in the Premier League before the break. Very exciting to see what he can do with more games under his belt
CAM - Mason Mount
Another goal and more impressive performances for England have only enhanced his reputation. Holding his own in a squad full of stars
LW - Timo Werner
Will be glad to get back to west London after watching on in horror as his German defensive colleagues conceded six against Spain. Finding his feet for Chelsea
CF- Tammy Abraham
Will retain his position as the focal point, with Olivier Giroud desperately trying to force a way in. Needs to impress after the Frenchman scored twice in midweek for his country