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28/01/2018 Kick Off:  1:30 pm Stamford Bridge V Predicted Score:2 - 0

Away Newcastle United

Match Summary

1 Look out for:

Bookings. Both sides have players who can occasionally lose their cool, so we could see a few cards. If one of those bookings leads to a penalty, Chelsea are 9/2 to score a spot kick.

2 We fancy:

Chelsea to win with Willian getting on the scoresheet at 13/2. The Brazilian netted a beauty against Brighton on Saturday and has the talent to do it again.

3 It's a long shot, but…

Jonjo Shelvey has a knack for scoring the occasional long range wonder strike, and he’s 10/1 to score anytime on Sunday or 28/1 to grab the first goal of the game.

Team News

Chelsea's Last Six:

Chelsea’s last six: Won: 2 Drawn: 4 Lost: 0

Blues boss Antonio Conte is actively looking to improve his squad during the January transfer window, although Cesc Fabregas is the only player expected to miss this game through injury. The Spaniard is recovering from a thigh strain, while Morata should be back in the side after a lower back problem.

Newcastle United's Last Six:

Newcastle’s last six: Won: 2 Drawn: 2 Lost: 2

Much like Chelsea, Rafa Benitez has a relatively fit squad to choose from, with Jesus Gamez the only long term absentee. Aleksandar Mitrovic, Florian Lejeune and Chancel Mbemba are all expected to be fit, while the Newcastle boss might choose to rest some of his first team players.

Chelsea vs Newcastle United Betting Tips, Preview & Predictions

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard celebrates after scoring at Stamford Bridge

Despite these two sides’ recent lack of victories, Chelsea have still got that ability to turn on the style and put teams away, like they did against Brighton last weekend. The Blues have a special relationship with the FA Cup, and will fancy themselves to get past the Magpies at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues’ form hasn’t been the greatest as of late, despite not losing since 9 December. A shootout victory against Norwich helped Chelsea advance to the fourth round of the cup, but as a win on penalties is still technically a draw, Conte’s side had drawn their last four games before their 4-0 victory at Brighton on Saturday. At 4/9, they still start this game as favourites in the betting though.

After a decent start to their Premier League campaign, Newcastle have hit a bit of a sticky patch, dropping to 16th and just two points above the relegation zone. Last week’s defeat to Manchester City can offer some hope in that they managed to score against a formidable outfit, and defended well enough for a large part of the game. The visitors are priced at 15/2 to record a shock win in this one.

Given Chelsea’s recent run of draws, another one at 4/1 could be worth a punt. The goalless draw is 14/1, while a 1-1 scoreline is 9/1. Or if you fancy Newcastle for the upset, a 1-0 win for Rafa’s men is 22/1.

As for goalscorers, Eden Hazard is 4/1 to break the deadlock and 6/5 to score anytime. Dwight Gayle is priced at 7/2 to get on the scoresheet for the visitors, and if you think he’ll get the Magpies off to another great start, he’s 10/1 to open the scoring.

Predicted Score: Chelsea 2 - 0 Newcastle United

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Written by Tom Scholes

Tom Scholes is a huge sports fan with football and baseball his main passions. He follows football in England, France, Italy and the USA and when he’s not busy writing, Tom is usually making short documentaries or teaching music and history.