Over the weekend, Chelsea hosts Newcastle United at the Stamford Bridge at 2030hrs. Lately, Chelsea has shown some signs of weakness and is not the Chelsea we saw at the start of the season. The Blues’ form has been shaky of late with losing their most recent EFL semi-final match against Tottenham. However, Chelsea stands the favorites to win thanks to its impressive past records against the Magpies especially at Stamford Bridge. In the past meetings, Chelsea has only lost once to Newcastle while playing at home.
Chelsea, having dropped most points recently is at number 4 with 44 points, which is 10 points behind the league leaders, Liverpool. Maybe this game would be their comeback into the title contender. But if their recent form is what they will display, then they might be in for a big shock.
Newcastle, on the other hand, are not doing well either. Hovering at number 15, they are not all that save from the relegation threat. If their most recent fixtures are something to go by coupled with their history against Chelsea at the Bridge, then this match will be an uphill task for them.
This match seems like the best chance for Sarri to come back to the winning streak. It is time for Sarri to stop excuses and get back to winning. This match offers him this crucial opportunity. A win for them will prove that Chelsea is still Premier League contenders while a loss means that they will be a distance away from the top position.
Chelsea vs. Newcastle Head to head
The two teams have played 47 times with Chelsea registering 23 wins and losing 11 times to Newcastle. The two sides have drawn 12 times. Here is a snap look at their last eight head to head matches and how it went:
- Newcastle United 1-2 Chelsea
- Chelsea 3-0 Newcastle United
- Newcastle United 3-0 Chelsea
- Chelsea 3-1 Newcastle United
- Chelsea 5-1 Newcastle United
- Newcastle United 2-2 Chelsea
- Chelsea 2-0 Newcastle United
- Newcastle United 2- 1 Chelsea
Alfaro Morata and Cesc Fabregas will hopefully be back in action after weeks of nursing injuries. On the other hand, Marco van Ginkel and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are still ruled out for the match.
Newcastle United will hopefully get the services of both Mohammed Diame and Federico Fernandez who have been nursing injuries. Karl Darlow, Ki Sung-Yeung, Yoshinori Muto and Jonjo Shelvey are however ruled out for the match.
Prediction and Odds
- Chelsea to win
- Both teams to score
- Over 2.5 goals
Both teams are under pressure to perform. Chelsea having lost most of its recent matches have to show its fans that they are still strong. Newcastle, on the other hand, has to record a better record against Chelsea and this can be a better chance for them when Chelsea seem to be at their lowest point since the season started. Newcastle also has to win if they have to untangle themselves from the threat of relegation.