Since succeeding Frank Lampard, Tuchel has won four of his first five games in the Chelsea hotseat, including an away victory over Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham.
While Manchester City look favourites for the title, the race for the top four is well and truly on, and Chelsea sit just a point off fourth-placed Liverpool following the champions’ poor run.
Tuchel will be hoping that results elsewhere go Chelsea’s way before they look to capitalise against an injury-hit Newcastle at Stamford Bridge on Monday.
Date, kick-off time and venue
Chelsea vs Newcastle is scheduled for a 7pm GMT kick-off on Sunday, February 14, 2021.
The match will be held behind closed doors at Goodison Park due to coronavirus restrictions.
How to watch Chelsea vs Newcastle
TV channel: The match will be televised on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event.
Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the SkyGo app.
Chelsea vs Newcastle team news
Timo Werner should be fit to return for Chelsea. The Germany striker has been struggling with a dead leg but is back in full training. Thiago Silva will miss out, as the Brazil defender continues to nurse a thigh complaint.
Chelsea predicted lineup (3-4-2-1):Mendy; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger; James, Jorginho, Kante, Alonso; Werner, Mount; Abraham
Provisional Chelsea squad: Mendy, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Rudiger, Hudson-Odoi, Chilwell, Kante, Jorginho, Havertz, Ziyech, Giroud, Arrizabalaga, James, Christensen, Emerson, Alonso, Kovacic, Gilmour, Pulisic, Werner, Abraham.
Steve Bruce will be without four key players for Newcastle’s trip to west London. Striker Callum Wilson (hamstring) and defenders Fabian Schar (knee) and Javier Manquillo (ankle) are all facing up to eight weeks on the sidelines with injuries suffered during last Saturday’s 3-2 win over Southampton, while midfielder Jeff Hendrick is suspended after being sent off during the same game.
Ciaran Clark is available after missing the Saints game because his partner had gone into labour, while fellow defenders Jamaal Lascelles (hamstring) and Federico Fernandez (muscle) will be assessed as they close in on returns.
Newcastle provisional squad: Darlow, Dubravka, Krafth, Lewis, Dummett, Lascelles, Fernandez, Clark, Shelvey, Hayden, M. Longstaff, S. Longstaff, Murphy, Fraser, Willock, Ritchie, Anderson, Atsu, Almiron, Saint-Maximin, Joelinton, Gayle, Carroll.
Chelsea vs Newcastle prediction: 2-0 home win
Chelsea have not been at their fluent best as Tuchel still weighs up his squad, but the Blues have conceded just one goal with the German coach in charge. With an injury-plagued Magpies heading to town, a home win and a clean sheet look to be on the cards.
Premier League head to head (h2h) history and results
Chelsea vs Newcastle betting odds and tips (subject to change)
Newcastle win: Between 12/1 and 13/1