Barton was given a 12 match ban last season for his disgraceful behaviour on the last day of the campaign against Manchester City.
He recently joined Marseille on loan for the rest of the French season.
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Since Guus Hiddink arrived at the helm, Chelsea have improved considerably after a tricky start to the campaign.
Newcastle United are staring down the barrel of relegation to the Championship for the second time in the past eight years.