Chelsea will want to move on from their defeat in the League Cup and are likely to do just that against Newcastle. To do so Maurizio Sarri needs to figure out what is ailing his side considering their relative poor form since beating Manchester City in De

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Chelsea will want to move on from their defeat in the League Cup and are likely to do just that against Newcastle. To do so Maurizio Sarri needs to figure out what is ailing his side considering their relative poor form since beating Manchester City in December. Newcastle could give him chance to experiment because Rafael Bentítez has a depleted squad through injury, players away on international duty and Kenedy ineligible against his parent club. Graham Searles

Saturday 5.30pm BT Sport 1

Venue Stamford Bridge

Last season Chelsea 3 Newcastle 1

Referee Chris Kavanagh

This season G13 Y39 R1 3.08 cards/game

Odds H 1-3 A 16-1 D 11-2

CHELSEA

Subs from Caballero, Green, Palmieri, Cahill, Christensen, Ampadu, Zappacosta, Fàbregas, Morata, Moses, Kovacic, Morata

Doubtful Morata (hamstring)

Injured Loftus-Cheek (back, unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y28 R0

Form WWLWWD

Leading scorer Hazard 10

NEWCASTLE

Subs from Woodman, Manquillo, Fernández, Schär, Clark, Murphy, Joselu, Longstaff

Doubtful Diamé (groin), Dummett (thigh), Fernández (hip)

Injured Darlow (elbow, unknown), Shelvey (thigh, unknown)

Unavailable Kenedy (loan terms), Ki, Muto (both Asian Cup)

Suspended None

Discipline Y30 R2

Form LWDLDL

Leading scorer Rondón 5

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Chelsea v Newcastle: match preview

West Ham v Arsenal: match preview

The focus will be on Marko Arnautovic when West Ham host Arsenal. He has made it clear he wants West Ham to let him move to China and it will be fascinating to see if he is in the right frame of mind against Unai Emery’s side, who have welcomed Hector Bellerín, Shkodran Mustafi, Nacho Monreal and Mesut Özil back to training. Arsenal, who are pushing hard for a place in the top four, will hope the forward’s focus is elsewhere. Jacob Steinberg

Saturday 12.30pm SSPL

Venue London Stadium

Last season West Ham 0 Arsenal 0

Referee Jon Moss

This season G14 Y44 R4 3.43 cards/game

Odds H 6-4 A 11-10 D 3-1

WEST HAM

Subs from Adrián, Trott, Coventry, Masuaku, Obiang, Nasri, Diangana, Powell, Carroll, Silva, Holland

Doubtful None

Injured Hernández (back, 19 Jan), Reid (knee, 29 Jan), Balbuena (knee), Lanzini (knee, both Feb), Sánchez (knee), Yarmolenko (achilles, both April), Fredericks (ankle), Wilshere (ankle, both unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y41 R1

Form WWLWLD

Leading scorer Felipe Anderson 8

ARSENAL

Subs from Cech, Martínez, Lichtsteiner, Jenkinson, Mavropanos, Kolasinac, Özil, Maitland-Niles, Guendouzi, Elneny, Ramsey, Willock, Smith Rowe, Nketiah

Doubtful Mustafi (hamstring), Özil (knee)

Injured Mkhitaryan (ankle, Feb), Holding (knee), Welbeck (ankle, both unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y38 R0

Form WLWDLW

Leading scorer Aubameyang 14

Neil Warnock struggling to get signings over the line at Cardiff

Cardiff boss Neil Warnock has voiced his frustration over transfer window inactivity and compared deal-making to "climbing a mountain with butter on one of your hands".

The Bluebirds have suffered a difficult January window so far with moves to land Liverpool defender Nathaniel Clyne and Nice midfielder Adrien Tameze ending without success.

Warnock also made another visit to France in midweek to watch Nantes striker Emiliano Sala for the second time in a month, but he admits it is unlikely that the Argentinian will be heading to south Wales.

"It's like climbing a mountain with butter on your hands," Warnock said ahead of the crunch relegation battle against Huddersfield on Saturday.

"One day you think you are almost there and then you slide back down.

"You get your hopes built up. People say 'yes, that's a done deal' and all of a sudden the next day it's not a done deal.

"You have to learn to live with that really."

Warnock branded Liverpool a "disgrace" and accused them of lacking class after missing out on the signing of Clyne.

The England full-back opted to join Bournemouth on loan for the rest of the season, with Warnock saying he had discovered on television that his former Crystal Palace player had chosen the Cherries.

The veteran manager claimed he was "promised" the right-back on loan by the Reds, but his attitude over Clyne has softened in the week after the shock FA Cup defeat to Gillingham.

"I know I got criticised for saying that about Liverpool and Clyne, but all I needed was a phone call to say he is going to Bournemouth," Warnock said.

"If I had a choice of going to Bournemouth and Cardiff, I'd snap their hand off to work for the manager (Eddie Howe) there.

"I don't blame Nathaniel for going there at all, they are a great club and they are established.

"You can't blame the fans (for wanting signings), but all of us have to be patient.

"If nothing happens, so what? I won't be losing any sleep with the squad I've got.

"We've done it before and we've had a great time.

"I've got to give them a team that's got to scrap and get enough points to stay up. They can help me with that."

Cardiff entertain Huddersfield one place and two points above the relegation zone.

Warnock's side are eight points better off than bottom-placed Huddersfield and Terriers manager David Wagner has described it as a "must-win" game from his perspective.

"I don't think it's the same for us as them, but I understand his sentiments," Warnock said.

"When you play teams in the bottom half of the table, they are all must-win games really.

"This one is no different. What they have done in the last three years has been phenomenal and we are trying to do that."

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