Newcastle were cut to 6/4 in bwin’s Premier League top 4 odds after producing a stunning second-half display to beat Chelsea 4-1 at St James’ Park. That it was achieved without 13 senior players – Joe Willock and Emil Krafth joined the casualty list on the eve of the game – will have been a source of huge satisfaction for Eddie Howe.
Manchester City return from the international break just a point ahead of second-placed Liverpool heading into their top-of-the-table clash at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday. City are unbeaten since losing 1-0 at Arsenal on October 8 but drew 4-4 last time out in a remarkable clash against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Neutrals will hope Chelsea’s second match of the week proves just as entertaining as their first as they welcome the champions to Stamford Bridge. The thrilling 4-1 victory at Tottenham on Monday night was a Premier League classic but assuming City do not have two men sent off, unlike Spurs, this should be a very different game.