Chelsea aims to make it five wins in a row under Thomas Tuchel in all competitions as they play host to rival Newcastle. The match schedules for Monday at Stamford Bridge, with kickoff at 11 pm.
Thomas Tuchel is transforming the blues, who are currently on an impressive run of form. The side moved up to the fifth position in the table standings, while Newcastle eased relegation fears with three wins in their previous outings.
Life under Tuchel started with a goalless draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers on January 27. However, Chelsea has won on four occasions since then with their 1-0 win over Barnsley, the latest to advance to the FA Cup’s next stage.
It has been an impressive run of form with games against Sheffield United and Tottenham while conceding only one goal in the process. The Blues are currently one point behind fourth-placed Liverpool.
The 3-1 loss by Liverpool at Leicester City’s hands during the Saturday clash is a major turning point for Tuchel with hopes of a top-four finish. A win this Monday puts their top-four race into action.
In their last 23 Premier League matches, Steve Bruce registered seven wins, four draws, and 12 losses. The form currently places the side 17th on the table standings with 25 points and ten points from relegation battles.
Chelsea vs. Newcastle Head to Head
Both sides have 26 games against each other, with Chelsea taking home 14 wins while Newcastle with seven wins. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
Barnsley 1-0 Chelsea
Sheffield United 1-2 Chelsea
Tottenham 1-0 Chelsea
Chelsea 2-0 Burnley
Chelsea 0-0 Wolves
Newcastle 3-2 Southampton
Newcastle 1-2 Crystal Palace
Everton 0-2 Newcastle
Newcastle 1-2 Leeds United
Aston Villa 2-0 Newcastle
Chelsea Team News
Tuchel remains without the services of Thiago Silva, who continues recovering from a muscular problem. It means Andreas Christensen will have to slide into the back three this Monday. Timo Werner might not get risked this game after nursing a dead leg. Kai Havertz is also missing out due to a knock.
Newcastle United Team News
Leading goalscorer for the Magpies, Callum Wilson, sets to remain on the sidelines with a hamstring problem. Fabian Schar and Javier Manquillo remain on the treatment table. Jeff Hendrick remains suspended after picking a red card against Southampton.
Prediction and Odds
It is a tough battle against two sides with history and current high form, but Chelsea has the upper hand.
Goals Over 2.5
Abraham to Score