It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents — except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness.
Chelsea starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Petr Cech (c); Ashley Cole, David Luiz, Gary Cahill, Branislav Ivanovic; John Obi Mikel, Raul Meireles; Ryan Bertrand, Eden Hazard, Juan Mata; Fernando Torres
Substitutes from: Ross Turnbull, Michael Essien, Oriol Romeu, Frank Lampard, Ramires, Oscar, Daniel Sturridge
Newcastle starting lineup (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Davide Santon, Fabricio Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Danny Simpson; Jonas Gutierrez, Vurnon Anita, Yohan Cabaye, Hatem Ben Arfa; Papiss Cisse, Demba Ba
Substitutes from: Steve Harper, Mike Williamson, James Perch, Sylvain Marveaux, Romain Amalfitano, Gabriel Obertan, Ryan Taylor
Lampard out, MRLSH in. Ryan Bertrand gets his second start of the year.