After savaging Tottenham as if they were a salmon smeared in honey, the ferocious Chelsea bear is on the road this weekend.
Unbeaten in 21 matches across all competitions, the imperious Blues travel to Newcastle where they’re rightly huge favourites to claim the spoils, though there’s more than enough reason to have a flutter on the hosts loading the formbook into the trap, yelling ‘PULL!’ and blasting it into oblivion.
Jose Mourinho’s men are available at 53/100, while the draw can be backed at 31/10, but we’re only interested in the 6/1 about the Toon and for good reason.
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It seems fanciful in the extreme, but if anyone is going to end Chelsea’s undefeated streak, it’ll be the Magpies.
They’ve emerged victorious from each of their last two tussles with west London’s richest club at St James’ Park, scoring five goals in the process.
Alan Pardew’s troops arrive in this game in great touch too, winning six of their previous eight outings, losing just once.
After failing to prevail in any of their opening seven Premier League games, this ranks as one impressive turnaround.
While they may have struggled in the early exchanges, Newcastle’s home form was never especially bad.
Defeat to Manchester City on the opening day was the only reverse the Toon faithful have had to stomach so far.
Two draws followed this 2-0 defeat, then came three successive victories.
No visiting foe has bagged at the most northerly venue in the division since September, while the tenants have located the onion bag every time they’ve graced the field since day one.
Chelsea’s clean sheet at Sunderland last time out was the only instance in which they’ve stopped a home team scoring in the domestic action this season meaning Newcastle are likely to be amongst the goals here.