RAFAEL BENITEZ has made three changes to his Newcastle United starting line-up for this lunch-time's Premier League game at Chelsea.

DeAndre Yedlin has paid the price for a series of poor displays, and finds himself dropped to the bench at Stamford Bridge. Javier Manquillo returns to the side to replace him, and will line up at right-back with Chancel Mbemba on the opposite side of the back four.

Mo Diame has earned a surprise recall in midfield, replacing Isaac Hayden from the side that started Tuesday's 2-2 draw at West Brom. That means Jonjo Shelvey remaining on the substitutes' bench.

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The final change comes up front, with last season's leading goalscorer, Dwight Gayle, preferred to Joselu.

CHELSEA (3-4-2-1): Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger; Moses, Kante, Drinkwater, Alonso; Fabregas, Hazard; Morata.

Subs: Caballero (gk), Zappacosta, Cahill, Bakayoko, Willian, Pedro, Batshuayi.

NEWCASTLE (4-2-3-1): Darlow; Manquillo, Lejeune, Clark, Mbemba; Diame, Merino; Ritchie, Perez, Murphy; Gayle.

Subs: Elliot (gk), Yedlin, Hayden, Shelvey, Aarons, Joselu, Mitrovic.