Kick-off: 2000, 15/02/2021
Stadium: Stamford Bridge
TV: Sky Sports
Newcastle have major injury problems to contend with once again and Chelsea are firm favourites to continue their promising start under Thomas Tuchel.
The Blues have picked up 10 points from four league games since the German replaced Frank Lampard, despite scoring only five goals during that run.
They have been solid in defence though so a home win and under 3.5 goals at 19/20 is our opening Chelsea vs Newcastle prediction.
A Look At Chelsea’s Betting Odds
Chelsea made hard work of getting past Barnsley in the fifth round of the FA Cup in midweek but Tammy Abraham’s second-half strike was enough to progress.
Barnsley created several decent chances but Chelsea held out for a fourth clean sheet in five games, with their only blemish in that time being Antonio Rudiger’s own goal in last weekend’s 2-1 win at Sheffield United.
The challenge now is to get more out of the attacking players and we sense Timo Werner’s goal drought will soon be over.
The £45million summer signing has managed just one goal in his last 19 games for the club and that came against Morecambe but he showed signs of improvement against Tottenham and caught the eye again at Bramall Lane.
The 24-year-old’s darting run and cut back set up the opening goal for Mason Mount, and Werner then won the penalty that allowed Jorginho to restore the Blues’ lead early in the second half.
Werner has been operating in a different role under Tuchel and rather than hug the touchline, he now plays in a more inside forward role and looks to get in behind the defence – using his pace to full effect.
He missed the Barnsley game with a dead leg but is expected to return on Monday so looking at the Chelsea vs Newcastle odds, we like 8/5 for Werner to score in a Blues win.
Last Chelsea line-up: Kepa, Alonso, Christensen, Zouma, Emerson, Kante, Pulisic, Hudson-Odoi, Ziyech, Gilmour, Abraham.
Werner should be fit to return after taking part in full training but Thiago Silva will miss out as the defender continues to nurse a thigh complaint.
A Look At Newcastle’s Betting Odds
Newcastle have eased their relegation fears with victories over Everton and Southampton in the last three games.
Steve Bruce will be grateful to have extended the gap to the bottom three ahead of daunting trips to Chelsea and Manchester United in the space of a week.
His squad is not in good shape either, with striker Callum Wilson set to be sidelined for up to eight weeks by the hamstring tear he suffered against Southampton.
Wilson, who has scored 10 goals for the club since his £20million summer switch from Bournemouth, limped off before half-time and scans have since revealed the full extent of the damage.
Bruce said: “We hoped it was a grade one, something like two or three weeks. Unfortunately, it’s worse than that, so we’ll have to be without him for the best part of six weeks, eight weeks.
“We’ll not put a timescale on it, of course, but it’s a bad tear in his hamstring, so it’s devastating news for all of us, of course.”
Defenders Fabian Schar and Javier Manquillo are also likely to be missing for up to eight weeks with the knee and ankle injuries they picked up respectively during the same game.
With their biggest goal threat missing, Bruce will surely set his team up to be hard to break down but Chelsea should have the quality to find a way through and a 2-0 win at 5/1 completes our Chelsea vs Newcastle betting tips.
Last Newcastle line-up: Darlow, Clark, Lewis, Manquillo, Shelvey, Hayden, Hendrick, Almiron, Willock, Saint-Maximin, Wilson.
Newcastle are without the three players mentioned above as well as Jeff Hendrick, who is suspended.
Ciaran Clark is available after missing the Saints game because his partner had gone into labour, while fellow defenders Jamaal Lascelles (hamstring) and Federico Fernandez (muscle) will be assessed as they close in on returns.
Barnsley 0-1 CHELSEA – Tammy Abraham
NEWCASTLE 3-2 Southampton – Joe Willock, Miguel Almiron (2)
Head-to-head: Newcastle 0-2 Chelsea, Newcastle 1-0 Chelsea, Chelsea 1-0 Newcastle, Chelsea 2-1 Newcastle, Newcastle 1-2 Chelsea, Newcastle 3-0 Chelsea
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