Newcastle vs Chelsea Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Ups, Betting Tips & Prediction
Chelsea take on Newcastle at St James’ Park on Saturday. Here’s a preview with team news, likely line-ups, betting tips and predicted score for the game.
Chelsea will look to climb up the Premier League table when they take on Newcastle at St James’ Park on Saturday afternoon.
The Blues have endured a difficult start to the new season but got themselves back on track with victory over Arsenal at Stamford Bridge last weekend.
Despite that win the West Londoners are still languishing down in 15th place in the table so Jose Mourinho will be desperate to pick up another three points tomorrow.
However, in order to do-so he’ll have to do something he’s never done as a manager and that’s win at St James’ Park with the Portuguese coach seeing his winless run extend to five games with defeat in this fixture last season.
Mourinho might not get a better opportunity to end the hoodoo as Newcastle are in poor form having lost three consecutive home games to leave the Magpies on just two points.
Steve McClaren has had the dreaded vote of confidence from the board so he’ll be desperate to pick up their first win of the season and ease the mounting pressure on his shoulders.
Chelsea will be without striker Diego Costa as he serves the second of his three-game suspension following his FA violent conduct charge.
Loic Remy could get the nod ahead of Radamel Falcao to start up front after scoring during a 4-1 League Cup victory over Walsall in midweek.
The Blues have been handed a major injury boost with Willian back in contention after recovering from a hamstring injury but Pedro could keep his place on the right wing.
Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is out until December following knee surgery.
Newcastle welcome back striker Aleksandar Mitrovic after he completed his three-match suspension but Papiss Cisse is out with a back injury.
Daryl Janmaat has recovered from illness while Massado Haidara, Jack Colback and Rolando Aarons all face late fitness tests.
Newcastle 1-2 Chelsea: The Geordies are in desperate form right now and they look completely lacking in self belief so I think we might see Mourinho finally leave St James’ with all three points this weekend.
Chelsea are the 8/13 favourites to win the game but Football-Talk can get new customers enhanced odds of 5/1 on an away win. My prediction of 1-2 is available at odds of 15/2, while I also like the look of Loic Remy to open the scoring at odds of 9/2. If we combine those two bets in a score-cast, then we get very tempting odds of 22/1.
What do you think? What line-up would you like to see start?
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