Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul is relishing his side's clash with Chelsea on Saturday and says that it is "perhaps a good time to play" them.
Alan Pardew's team are currently fourth in the Premier League table with 26 points from 13 matches, a point and a place ahead of Chelsea.
The Blues will head into the game at St James' Park on the back of a 2-0 defeat to Liverpool at home in the Carling Cup quarter-final, with manager Andre Villas-Boas under intense pressure.
Krul is confident of garnering a positive result against one of the league challengers and also enthuses about the back four of Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini and Ryan Taylor playing in all of the league fixtures thus far this campaign.
"I'm really pleased with it," said the 23-year-old on Newcastle's official website. "13 games with the same back four in front of me.
"Everybody knows their jobs and everybody is doing their jobs. The manager has put a defensive unit in front of me, and it's 10 times better if everybody can stay fit, which they have done.
"Saturday against Chelsea is a tough game but one to look forward to, especially on the back of a fantastic result at Manchester United last weekend (1-1 away draw). Our confidence is sky high.
"It is perhaps a good time to play Chelsea. We are full of confidence and they maybe are a bit down because they are not on such a good run.
"But saying that, we will have to be on our toes because they have still some world class players in their team."
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