Chelsea make the long trip up north to face Alan Pardew’s Newcastle in the middle of a five game unbeaten run in the league, while their hosts have won just once in that same time frame.
It makes Jose Mourinho’s men the 8/13 favourites for the win, with the draw priced at 14/5 and the hosts’ chances rated at 17/4.
However, the real value for the match lies in the crystal clear waters of the goal per team market, where Chelsea are given odds of 23/10 to score exactly two.
The Kings’ Road crew have scored twice against Newcastle six times since 2007/08
The Magpies rarely manage to keep the men from London at bay and have kept just one clean sheet against them in the last eight meetings. Once that deadlock has been broken, though, Newcastle’s defence often find Chelsea’s attackers impossible to resist.
In the last 11 meetings between the pair in all competitions, Chelsea have only been held to one goal or less three times. In that same run of games, they’ve put the ball past the keeper exactly twice on six occasions, including in both meetings last season.
Chelsea have scored twice in a game on four occasions in the league
In their nine Premier League games this term, Mourinho has seen his charges score exactly twice four times. Their next most loved goal tally in a game is zero, which they’ve achieved twice.
When you factor in the other competitions, the Blues have been at the double twice more, both in the Capital One Cup.
Pardew’s side are on a three game streak of conceding exactly twice
Man City became the third side in a row to knock two goals into the Newcastle net in the midweek Capital One Cup action, albeit after extra time.
Sunderland and Liverpool are the other two teams to have achieved the feat which, before the Merseyside club started the current trend, no other side in any competition had managed.