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In-form Torres and Mata start for Chelsea

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November 2, 2013 « Sinfield certain of England response | Chartbeat test »

In-form striker Fernando Torres keeps his place in the Chelsea starting XI for Saturday's lunchtime kick-off with Newcastle, as Jose Mourinho's side look for their fourth consecutive league win.

Juan Mata is also handed a start following his impressive performance and goal against Arsenal in the League Cup on Tuesday.

A start for Petr Cech means the goalkeeper moves up to sixth in Chelsea's all-time appearance list, edging past Dennis Wise.

Alan Pardew has opted for a strike partnership of Shola Ameobi and Loic Remy, while Fabricio Coloccini and Steven Taylor miss out through injury. Hatem Ben Arfa and Papiss Cisse have to settle for a place on the bench.

Newcastle: Krul; Debuchy, Williamson, Yanga-Mbiwa, Santon; Sissoko, Tiote (c), Cabaye, Gouffran; Shola Ameobi, Remy

Subs: Elliot, Tavernier, Anita, Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Ben Arfa, Cisse

Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, D Luiz, Terry (c), Cole; Ramires, Lampard; Mata, Oscar, Hazard; Torres

Subs: Schwarzer, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Mikel, Willian, Schurrle, Eto'o.

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