Chelsea will look to maintain their unbeaten home record when they host Newcastle at Stamford Bridge for a Premier League clash on Saturday.
The Blues have won 10 and drawn two of the 12 games they have played at home this season, with their last home game ending in a 0-0 draw against West Ham United.
However, they made up for the goalless stalemate when they defeated title rivals Manchester City 1-0 away from home to stay in third place with 53 points.
Jose Mourinho’s men are tied with second-placed City on points, while they are two points behind log leaders Arsenal.
Brazilian utility player David Luiz was busy in the midfield during the win over City and he wants to see the same determination from his side going forward.
“It was a difficult game against a strong team,” he said. “Both teams created a lot of opportunities, Man City have scored many goals in their last few games but we stopped them and it was good for us.
“We need to keep working hard and keep our feet on the floor. It was just one more game and three points. You have to improve every day if you want to win the title.”
Newcastle United on the other hand will be anxious to bounce back following last weekend’s 3-0 loss to local rivals Sunderland.
The Magpies are placed eight on the log with 37points but midfielder Cheick Tiote believes they can pull off an upset at Stamford Bridge.
“It’s going to be hard but I think we’ve got a chance,” he said. “We have some good players in the squad so if we do the right things then we’ve got a chance to win.
“Chelsea are a good, good team but we’ll give our best.”
Alan Pardew’s side will also draw some confidence from the first meeting between the two sides which ended 2-0 in favour of the Magpies with Yoan Gouffran and Loic Remy.