Chelsea will look to put their off-field issues behind them when they face in-form Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon.
The Blues remain firmly in the hunt for Champions League football this season - but much of the focus has been on the club’s long-term future after the British government placed sanctions upon owner Roman Abramovich.
Newcastle will be seen as dangerous opponents and remain unbeaten in the league since they fell to a 4-0 home defeat against Manchester City in December.
Since then, Eddie Howe’s side have won six and drawn three of their last nine games.
What is being said ahead of the game?
Following Thursday night’s 2-1 win at Southampton, Newcastle manager Eddie Howe said: It’s better than it was a few weeks ago. Nothing’s changed from before the game. We know we still have some tough games and more work to do.
“We were very dogged and determined and disciplined in our defensive shape.
“Martin (Dubravka) made a couple of really good saves and even at the end the lads were throwing themselves in the way of the ball to stop a goal.
“The team spirit is second to none and you need that on nights like this.
Chelsea secured all three points at relegation-threatened Norwich City on Thursday, and Thomas Tuchel commented: “I don’t think anyone needs this to be more focused or motivated. There are a lot of different situations. Today was another level of distraction and another level with all that’s happening with the sanctions.
“In the day-to-day, like how we arrive at the game, everything was organised, it was pretty much business as usual with a lot of noise around, but the schedule of the day helps you.
“That relationship with players and supporters is so important and the Newcastle supporters have made the new guys feel very, very welcome.”
What is the latest team news?
Chelsea look likely to be without England right-back Reece James after he suffered a leg injury ahead of the trip to Norwich. Ben Chilwell remains out and Marcos Alonso, Cesar Azpilicueta and Christian Pulisic will all be monitored ahead of the game.
Newcastle were without winger Allan Saint-Maximin (illness) and Joelinton (groin) for their win at Southampton and January signing Bruno Guimaraes limped out of the game with cramp.
Eddie Howe will check on all three players before finalising his plans for Sunday’s game.
What happened last time the two sides met?
Newcastle United were under the temporary guidance of caretaker manager Graeme Jones when they faced Chelsea at St James Park earlier in the season.
It was the second of three games overseen by the former Luton Town manager as the Magpies prepared to announce Eddie Howe as successor to former boss Steve Bruce.
It was Chelsea that took the honours on Tyneside as they broke through a dogged United side with a Reece James brace and a Jorginho penalty giving them a 3-0 win at St James Park.
Where can I watch the game?
The game is being shown live on Sky Sports via their Main Event and Premier League channels with coverage getting underway at 1pm. Kick-off is at 2pm.
Radio coverage is limited to updates on Radio 5 Live and talkSPORT.
What are the latest odds?
Chelsea are strong favourites to claim all three points at Stamford Bridge and are rated at 3/10 with SkyBet to see off the Magpies.
The visitors are 9/1 to continue their fine run of form with a win and the draw is at 17/4.