Head-to-Head

Head-to-Head: Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) vs Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United)
13th February 2016

Disappointing results over the course of the Premier League campaign mean both Chelsea and Newcastle have endured much-maligned seasons in the top-flight.

These two stuttering sides will be looking to their respective creative midfielders to help them earn three points this Saturday evening at Stamford Bridge.

The last time these two teams met at St James’ Park, Newcastle threw away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 in a pulsating game.

Under Guus Hiddink, the Blues have looked more like the title winners everyone saw last season. Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United means that Chelsea are unbeaten in their last nine league games as they look to recover a respectable position.

Since the Dutchman’s arrival in West London, Cesc Fabregas has been a player back in form and has been influential in his club’s sequence of games without defeat.

Meanwhile, Steve McClaren spent big in the January transfer window to secure Jonjo Shelvey.

The England international has impressed so far in the North East, following his £12 million move from Swansea, much to the delight of his manager.

The Magpies will need the midfielder to continue his recent good form against the champions this weekend to steer clear of the relegation zone, having leap-frogged Norwich with a 1-0 against West Bromwich Albion last time out.

Both sides will be looking to build on their recent performances, as they look to climb up the Premier League table.

Here’s how the duo compare so far this season…

Cesc Fabregas
  • Club:
    Chelsea
fact file
  • Position:
    Midfielder
  • Height:
    1.75m
  • Birth Date:
    May 4, 1987
  • Birth Place:
    Arenys de Mar, Spain
  • Clubs:
    Arsenal, Barcelona, Chelsea
  • International:
    Spain (101 caps, 14 goals)
what he says
"I'm nearly there, I'm feeling very sharp, My brain is much quicker than the last few months, I struggled a bit." (Source = Sky Sports)
did you know
Fabregas assisted Andres Iniesta's World Cup final winning goal in 2010.
2015/16 Premier League
  • Games:
    24
  • Goals:
    1
  • Assists:
    3
  • Key passes:
    34
  • Pass accuracy:
    84%
  • Interceptions:
    16
  • Fouls:
    24
  • Tackles:
    46
Jonjo Shelvey
  • Club:
    Newcastle
fact file
  • Position:
    Midfielder
  • Height:
    1.85m
  • Birth Date:
    February 27, 1992
  • Birth Place:
    Harold Hill, London, England
  • Clubs:
    Charlton, Liverpool, Blackpool (loan), Swansea City, Newcastle United
  • International:
    England (4 caps, 0 goals)
what he says
"I’m a very lucky boy that a club like Newcastle has offered me a way out. But, obviously, it’s going to be Swansea’s loss in the end." (Source = Guardian)
did you know
Shelvey is Charlton Athletic's youngest ever goalscorer, netting when he was aged just 16 years and 306 days old.
2015/16 Premier League
  • Games:
    20
  • Goals:
    4
  • Assists:
    4
  • Key passes:
    27
  • Pass accuracy:
    84%
  • Interceptions:
    27
  • Fouls:
    15
  • Tackles:
    34
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