Newcastle United vs Chelsea recommended bets
Newcastle United vs Chelsea match preview
Chelsea have certainly shown signs of improvement in recent weeks, but this’ll be a serious test of their new-found credentials.
The Blues’ last two matches have, arguably, been two of the most eventful in the 32-year history of the Premier League.
First, Mauricio Pochettino’s return to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium saw him guide Chelsea to a comeback 4-1 victory, on a night that saw Spurs reduced to nine men and plenty of goals disallowed by VAR.
Nicolas Jackson’s hat-trick very much lost in the midst of all the Monday madness and mayhem.
Then, a fortnight ago, Chelsea held champions Manchester City to a 4-4 draw at Stamford Bridge, fighting back from 1-0, 3-2 and then 4-3 down to salvage a share of the spoils.
Thiago Silva, Raheem Sterling and Jackson all on target, before Cole Palmer nervously slotted home a stoppage time penalty to snatch a draw against the club from whence he came.
Despite this, having won four, drawn four and lost four, Chelsea remain rooted in tenth place, most-recently occupying a position higher than that in February, and the tough fixtures just keep on coming.
On the flip side, the international break was much-needed for Newcastle United, given their mass-injury crisis, which had seen them run out of steam.
Last time out, Eddie Howe’s own homecoming to Dean Court didn’t quite go to plan, as the Magpies slumped to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of struggling Bournemouth.
Beforehand, the Toon Army were unbeaten in seven Premier League matches although, in the midst of this, back-to-back Champions League defeats against Borussia Dortmund leaves their European fate in the balance.
This week is certainly one to look forward to, given that Newcastle will be at Parc des Princes, facing PSG on Tuesday, before welcoming Manchester United to Tyneside next Saturday night.
Here, having prevailed 1-0 when Chelsea most-recently visited St James’ one year and 13 days ago, the Magpies are targeting back-to-back home wins over the Blues for the first time since 2014.
Will the raucous home crowd roar their team onto victory?
Newcastle United team news
Eddie Howe will be hoping that the two week international break has helped shorten the absentee list.
Sven Botman, Matt Targett, Dan Burn, Elliot Anderson, Harvey Barnes, Jacob Murphy, Alexander Isak and Callum Wilson all missed the trip to Dorset, while Sandro Tonali is banned until September.
Lewis Hall cannot feature as he’s on loan from Chelsea.
Botman isn’t too far away from making his first appearance since the 8-0 hammering of Sheffield United on 24 September, but many of the other absentees are out long-term.
Bruno Guimarães can return to midfield, having served his one-match suspension against Bournemouth, while Sean Longstaff is one booking away from a ban of his own.
Predicted XI (4-3-3): Pope; Trippier, Lascelles, Schär, Livramento; Guimarães, S Longstaff, Willock; Almirón, Joelinton, Gordon.
Chelsea team news
Chelsea are not without their own long injury list; Levi Colwill, Wesley Fofana, Trevoh Chalobah, Ben Chilwell, Roméo Lavia, Carney Chukwuemeka and Christopher Nkunku will all miss this one.
Reece James turned down an England call-up to focus on his fitness, so will be raring to go.
Overall, Mauricio Pochettino is likely to name an unchanged XI featuring Cole Palmer who, having made his England debut last weekend, is seeking a fifth goal in six appearance.
Marc Cucurella would sit out next Sunday’s clash with his former club Brighton if cautioned.
Predicted XI (4-3-3): Sánchez; James, Disasi, Thiago Silva, Cucurella; Caicedo, Fernández, Gallagher; Palmer, Sterling, Jackson.