Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Mitrovic's Return May Help Crosses Find the Mark; Three Things That Could Change United's Fortunes Tonight

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Mitrovic's Return May Help Crosses Find the Mark; Three Things That Could Change United's Fortunes Tonight

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Byline: Lee Ryder Chief Sports Writer lee.ryder@ncjmedia.co.uk

NEWCASTLE United go into the clash with Premier League champions Chelsea looking to add to their paltry tally of just four wins from 36 in 2015.

The bookmakers, understandably, are not giving the Magpies much hope, and odds of 5/1 for a Newcastle victory are on offer from William Hill.

But do Steve McClaren's side have a chance? Or is it going to be more pain for Newcastle fans after a win-less run of six Premier League games? Here are three things that could change the Magpies' fortunes.

1 The return of Aleksandar Mitrovic after his three-game ban The Serbian international will be welcomed back by fans and McClaren's back-room team.

But to make the most of his presence Newcastle have to address some of the problems that have haunted them in the last few weeks.

United put in 40 crosses against Watford but found a black-andwhite target just four times. Mitrovic, who stands almost 6ft 3in, might be able to improve that figure. He was magnificent against Manchester United and came close when he struck the bar during the 0-0 draw.

Hopefully, he can rise to the occasion against the champions - and also keep out of trouble.

2 Make a decision on who is playing No 10 Newcastle have three players who consider themselves as a No 10 in Moussa Sissoko, Gini Wijnaldum and Siem de Jong.

All three played against Shef-field Wednesday and they didn't gel. It's a difficult one for McClaren, with all three of them very much senior figures who didn't come to Newcastle to sit on the bench.

Dropping Sissoko could have bad consequences on the dress-ing room given his influence, but he's not playing well.

McClaren could push Wijnaldum to the right-hand side and let De Jong play in his favoured No 10 to support Mitrovic. …

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