Kick-off: 1730, 12/01/2019
Stadium: Stamford Bridge
TV: BT Sport
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What Trueform says for Chelsea vs Newcastle
Chelsea have failed to sparkle for some time now and may look to settle for a workmanlike Premier League win over Newcastle at Stamford Bridge.
The Magpies have tasted defeat on their last six visits to this venue, conceding 18 goals in the process, but this clash could well be a tighter contest.
Punters can get 19/20 for a home win and under 3.5 goals in the game and that is our first Chelsea vs Newcastle prediction.
A Look At Chelsea’s Betting Odds
Chelsea were beaten 1-0 by Leicester and held to a goalless draw by Southampton in their last couple of top-flight home fixtures.
Alvaro Morata did manage to rediscover his scoring touch when bagging both goals in a 2-0 FA Cup triumph over Nottingham Forest.
However, the Blues were back to firing blanks in Tuesday night’s 1-0 loss to Tottenham in the opening leg of their EFL Cup semi-final.
Maurizio Sarri felt Chelsea deserved more from the game at Wembley in midweek, stating: “I’m really disappointed with the result, but I’m really happy with the performance.
“We played with a very good level of application, of determination, with the heart, with the soul.”
The Blues have now scored just 15 goals in their last 12 games, though, and it is easy to see why they have been linked with a number of high-profile strikers since the transfer window opened.
Looking at the Chelsea vs Newcastle odds, we like 12/5 for Sarri’s side to be just 1-0 up at half-time.
Last Chelsea EPL line-up: Kepa, Rudiger, Alonso, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Jorginho, Kante, Barkley, Hazard, Willian, Morata.
Morata is an injury doubt with a minor hamstring problem. Ruben Loftus-Cheek (back) is out and Cesc Fabregas will not be considered ahead of his likely move to Monaco.
A Look At Newcastle United’s Betting Odds
The plus point for Chelsea is that Newcastle have been struggling even more to find the back of the net, with only five goals scored in nine games.
Matt Ritchie did manage to level from the penalty spot late on in a 1-1 FA Cup draw with Blackburn at St James’ Park, but the Toon Army have had little to cheer about in the league of late.
A 1-0 win at Huddersfield was their sole success in eight top-flight fixtures since the start of December, with United failing to score in half of those matches.
Paraguay playmaker Miguel Almiron is reportedly a key January transfer target and any such swoop would be welcome, with Newcastle sitting just two points clear of the drop zone.
The Magpies lost 2-0 to Manchester United in their last league game and 21/4 for a repeat of that scoreline here completes our Chelsea vs Newcastle betting tips.
Last Newcastle EPL line-up: Dubravka, Dummett, Schar, Lascelles, Yedlin, Diame, Ritchie, Hayden, Atsu, Rondon, Perez.
Newcastle defenders Federico Fernandez (hip) and Ciaran Clark (ankle) will both return to contention, but Jonjo Shelvey (thigh) will play no part and fellow defender Kenedy is not eligible to face his parent club.
Tottenham 1-0 CHELSEA
NEWCASTLE 1-1 Blackburn – Matt Ritchie (pen)
Head-to-head: Newcastle 1-2 Chelsea, Newcastle 3-0 Chelsea, Chelsea 3-0 Newcastle, Chelsea 3-1 Newcastle
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