It was the one domestic trophy that eluded Chelsea last season and Carlo Ancelotti will be gunning for a second chance at winning the silverware.
Ancelotti is likely to rest a number of first team players but such is Chelsea’s strength in depth, Newcastle are likely to face a side including Nicolas Anelka and Daniel Sturridge – both have found the net for Chelsea this season.
Newcastle will hand a debut to Sol Campbell at the heart of defence and 22-year-old Tim Krul will replace the injured Steve Harper in goal in a bid to stop the Chelsea juggernaut.
Newcastle have been eliminated at this stage of the competition in each of the last three seasons, whereas Chelsea have failed to make the fourth round just once in their last nine attempts.
That, coupled with Chelsea’s early season form, would explain why Chelsea are as short as 1/14 to qualify and 1/4 to win in ninety minutes.
Newcastle are available at 6/1 to qualify and 9/1 to win inside 90 minutes but even the most ardent of Toon fans will admit that progression is highly unlikely.
Chelsea have amassed a frankly superb 26 goals in seven games so far this season and have scored in 20 consecutive Carling Cup matches.
Considering Newcastle’s record of conceding at least two goals in their last six games, Chelsea can be confident of further adding to the seasons tally and Anelka and Sturridge are 7/2 and 4/1 to score first respectively.
Krul could be in for a rough ride in his first start of the season but Newcastle fans have been impressed with the Dutch youngster and he will hope to repay the faith his manager, Chris Hughton, is showing in him.
Newcastle have scored just the one goal in seven games against Chelsea. See the full Chelsea vs Newcastle United match betting market here.