Newcastle v Chelsea Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
August 22, 2018
St James’ Park - Premier League
Chelsea will aim to keep their encouraging start to the season going on Sunday, as they travel to Newcastle to face former manager Rafa Benitez. The Magpies are looking for their first victory of the new campaign, after blowing a golden chance at the weekend.
Newcastle beat Chelsea 3-0 at St James’ on the final day of last season, less than four months after the Blues knocked them out of the FA Cup via the same scoreline. Chelsea also won 3-1 at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League last term, but they haven’t won away at Newcastle in their last five attempts.
Isaac Hayden is suspended after his sending off against Cardiff at the weekend, while another key figure from that game is unavailable to Benitez. On-loan Brazilian Kenedy missed a penalty with the final kick of the game, but isn’t allowed to play against his parent club.
Chelsea’s only key injury concern is Cesc Fabregas, who’s recovering from a knee problem. The midfielder could be fit enough for the bench, while Izzy Brown is continuing rehab after a knee injury of his own. Maurizio Sarri has a choice to make between Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud up top.
Newcastle v Chelsea Preview and Predictions
This fixture often provides plenty of entertainment, with 35 goals in the last 10 meetings between the sides. Benitez will surely set his team up to be as compact as possible in this game though, but Chelsea have players who are capable of breaking down the toughest of defences.
Don’t expect to see Newcastle going gung-ho for the victory on Sunday afternoon, as their manager will know they could get opened up easily by the likes of Pedro, Willian and Eden Hazard, who’s expected to start his first game of the season.
The hosts start as the underdogs in the betting, priced at 9/2. Chelsea are available at 7/10, as they look to keep up their 100% record at the start of this season. Their game against Arsenal was hugely entertaining, and while they scored three goals, the Blues certainly displayed some weaknesses at the back.
If you think Newcastle can expose some of those weaknesses, then you might fancy the Magpies to take a credible draw from this game. That’s priced at 3/1, while a second straight goalless draw for Newcastle is 23/2. We hope for some goals in this one though, with the score draw available at 17/4.
Morata to score first at 19/4
The Spanish striker took his goal against Arsenal well, and has said he wants to score at least 30 this season. Opening the scoring on Sunday would be a good way to prove his intent.
Under 2.5 goals at 113/100
Benitez will look to stifle Chelsea’s attacking players, which could lead to a tight game with few goals. In that event, just over even money for this bet may turn out to be pretty good value.