Antonio Conte shockingly decided to leave the likes of Eden Hazard, Olivier Giroud, Gary Cahill and Tiemoue Bakayoko on the bench in mid-week’s home clash with Huddersfield Town which resulted in a disappointing 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge. Such scoreline left the Blues two points short of Liverpool in the contest for the top-four finish and the Champions League football next year, meaning the last term’s champions will need a miracle to break into the top-four on the final day.
Beating Newcastle United at St. James’ Park will be the easier part of the job, but expecting Brighton & Hove Albion to stun Liverpool away at Anfield is only a theoretical hope for the Italian manager. Chelsea will no doubts be the favourites to grab the spoils from Newcastle upon Tyne given the hosts lost four on the trot in the Premier League. Such a dreadful thread might drop them out of the top half of the standing and ruin the good job Rafa Benitez and his men have done throughout the season.
Newcastle United vs Chelsea: Head-to-head
Chelsea have entirely dominated this match-up both over the course of history and in the most recent set of H2H matches against Newcastle United.
The Blues won four and drew one of last five ties with the Magpies, but all of these wins came at Stamford Bridge.
The story has been somewhat different at St. James’ Park where the Magpies are undefeated in last four clashes with the Blues.
Six of last seven head to head ties produced three or more goals.
Newcastle United vs Chelsea: Prediction
Chelsea has always been an unpleasant rival for Rafa Benitez who lost as many as 14 matches against the Blues in his managerial career. He is on the best way to face 15th knowing that Chelsea won five and drew one of last six games across competitions. A goal Conte’s troops allowed on Wednesday evening to Huddersfield Town was the first Chelsea shipped after three clean sheets.
Newcastle United struggled for goals of late netting just once in last four league games which makes Chelsea’s clean sheet a decent call at the 2.20 odds. We wouldn’t suggest the away win bet, though, as it’s hard to see the value of the 1.57 odds offered for such scenario given Chelsea are winless in last four visits to St. James’ Park. We’ll go for the Under 2.5 goals FT pick instead, set at the 2.00 odds.
Newcastle United vs Chelsea: Bet Tips
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