Souey expecting the worst

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Graeme Souness is downbeat about his Newcastle United side's chances against title-holders Chelsea.

The Blues lost 1-0 against Manchester United in their last match and will be looking to avenge the defeat that cost them their 40-game unbeaten league run.

Newcastle have won their last three games on the trot but their chances look bleak as Chelsea have not lost back-to-back in The Premiership for 97 matches.

"You've got to play these teams sooner or later. People might think it's a good time to play them, but we'll have to wait and see," he told Sky Sports News.

"I'm expecting the worst, I think we have to expect the worst, we're playing a successful team used to winning and they have had a lot of criticism this week which makes them dangerous.

"When you are used to winning and you do lose a game it makes you doubly determined not to lose and have that taste again.

"That's one of the ingredients of being a top player, you hate losing and you don't want that taste week in, week out, and they have a team full of top players.

"I think we all know how the game works. I had two years in Portugal and our press is not the worst."

Souness will also be without Alan Shearer and Stephen Carr for the trip to Stamford Bridge and does not want to rush two of his key players back.

"Both Shearer and Carr are just a wee bit away from full fitness but should be all right for next week. We have a hard programme ahead of us and just don't want to take the risk.

"If it was a cup final or a really important game I would have pushed them but not in this situation. I want everybody fit for the Christmas programme."