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We have a completely abysmal Home record, so the chances of drawing this game are high.

Ballack HAS to start

Does anyone know the conditions of our lesser injured players? Are these guys fit :

-Ashley Cole
-Joe Cole
-Lampard
-Cech
-Alex

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NEWSFLASH: SQUAD NEWS FOR NEWCASTLE
Posted on: Fri 21 Nov 2008

Felipe Scolari has announced that Petr Cech and Joe Cole are back in the squad for the Newcastle game.

Cech has recovered from a calf strain and Cole from a hamstring problem, although Scolari warns the latter is not yet 100 per cent.

The manager is hopeful Frank Lampard will be okay to play. He returned to training yesterday [Thursday] following a rib injury.

Alex (groin) is rated possible but Juliano Belletti is definitely out.

On the players returning from internationals, Scolari reports:

'The players I received yesterday are in good condition. I didn't receive Deco, Paulo Ferreira or José Bosingwa because they arrived [from Brazil] at 6pm. After 15 hours flying, it is impossible to train.

'But if they can play a full game for the national team, why not play tomorrow?'

A full Scolari preview of the Newcastle game will appear later.

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Scolari said:
Ashley Cole, who was on the bench at West Brom but not fully fit, will also be available, although Scolari warns the two Coles are not yet 100 per cent.
Seems like that.
 

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I read in Skysports that Scolari said the two Coles are ready to play against Newcastle. He wants Ballack to sign a new contract too.
 

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Chelsea will line-up in a 4-1-4-1 formation as follows:

1 Petr Cech
17 José Bosingwa
2 Branislav Ivanovic
26 John Terry (c)
3 Ashley Cole
12 John Mikel Obi
10 Joe Cole
20 Deco
8 Frank Lampard
15 Florent Malouda
39 Nicolas Anelka

Substitutes: 23 Carlo Cudicini, 19 Paulo Ferreira, 18 Wayne Bridge, 27 Mineiro, 13 Michael Ballack, 16 Scott Sinclair, 21 Salomon Kalou.
 

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It's so refereshing to see decent level of refereeing. In La Liga it's pathetic.
And Bosingwa is a monster :O
 

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IMO we aren't playing well, only Bosingwa seems to be a threat for Newcastle. Some people is playing like we were winning the match, and we are 0-0!!! I hope Scolari say a few hard words in half time and the players react.
 
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