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Newcastle vs Chelsea: Routine win for Blues

Kick-off: 1500, 30/10/2021

Stadium: St James’ Park

Chelsea have been very efficient in the Premier League this term and we’re hoping that continues when they visit struggling Newcastle.

The Blues have only conceded three goals in nine top-flight fixtures and two of those came against Liverpool and Manchester City.

Let’s take 23/20 for Thomas Tuchel’s side to secure a seventh clean-sheet victory at St James’ Park for our first Newcastle vs Chelsea prediction.

A Look At Newcastle United’s Betting Odds

Admittedly, Newcastle have failed to net in only one of their league matches but just a single strike in five of the last six shows they are hardly free-scoring.

Caretaker manager Graeme Jones was grateful for a sensational overhead kick by Callum Wilson when the Magpies responded to Steve Bruce’s departure with a 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace.

Jones went with five in defence at Selhurst Park and insisted it was important for United to go back to basics.

“We came here to win, that was the intention,” said the Gateshead-born 51-year-old. “We didn’t so the next best thing is a point.

“Off the ball, I was pleased with the organisation and understanding of the runs. I think we limited Palace to one chance in the first half and in the second half they have had two.

“It is a base for us to start. I would like for us to be better on the ball but that doesn’t come overnight.

“It takes time and we’ve concentrated on trying to shore up a little bit and not concede as many goals. I think that worked.”

However, Newcastle only had 25 per cent possession and were fortunate to see Christian Benteke hit the woodwork twice and have an 87th-minute header chalked off for a foul.

If Jones adopts the same tactics here, Chelsea should be capable of cruising to a routine victory over winless opponents who are second from bottom.

The Blues prevailed 2-0 in both meetings last term and 23/4 for a repeat of that scoreline stands out from the Newcastle vs Chelsea odds.

Last Newcastle EPL line-up: Darlow, Clark, Lascelles, Krafth, Manquillo, Ritchie, Hayden, Fraser, Longstaff, Wilson, Saint-Maximin.

Jonjo Shelvey is back in contention after suspension. Goalkeeper Martin Debravka could also be recalled after a foot injury. Paul Dummett (calf) and Elliot Anderson (hip) both remain sidelined.

A Look At Chelsea’s Betting Odds

Chelsea maintained their lead at the top of the table in magnificent style when romping to a 7-0 demolition of Norwich.

Mason Mount’s hat-trick was bolstered by goals for Callum Hudson-Odoi, Reece James and Ben Chilwell, with Max Aarons putting through his own net.

Tuchel was particularly delighted to see England international Mount get off the mark for the current campaign in emphatic fashion.

“A hat-trick for Mason is huge, it’s a massive moment for him; he’s very, very proud,” said the manager.

“He’s very competitive and very serious about the goals he wants to reach. I feel him a bit lighter now.

“We play in most games with three strikers and Mason is one of them. You can say he’s maybe between an eight and a 10, so not a real striker, but he plays a key role.

“We depend on Mason and we want to. We like his style, where he comes from, his personality and he’s a top guy. So, we’re very happy for him.”

With Newcastle likely to get plenty of players behind the ball, Mount’s intelligent movement and late runs could prove significant again.

Let’s finish off our Newcastle vs Chelsea betting tips by taking 4/1 for the 22-year-old to score first in an away win.

Last Chelsea EPL line-up: Mendy, Rudiger, Silva, Chalobah, Chilwell, James, Jorginho, Kovacic, Mount, Havertz, Hudson-Odoi.

Chelsea will still be without both Timo Werner (hamstring) and Romelu Lukaku (ankle), with Tuchel hoping to have the pair back after the November international break.

Mateo Kovacic (hamstring) is absent while Christian Pulisic (ankle) is back in training but will not be in contention until next weekend.

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