Kick-off: 1730, 18/01/2020
Stadium: St James’ Park
TV: Sky Sports
Only Liverpool have won more Premier League away games than Chelsea this season and another victory on the road is expected at Newcastle.
The Magpies were beaten by Everton and Leicester in their last two top-flight fixtures on home turf and again face a tough test this weekend.
We’re taking 6/5 for the Blues to lead at half-time and full-time for our first Newcastle vs Chelsea prediction.
A Look At Newcastle United’s Betting Odds
Newcastle did enjoy a nice 4-1 FA Cup triumph over Rochdale at this venue on Tuesday night, with Joelinton rounding off the scoring.
The 23-year-old Brazilian had not struck since August and Steve Bruce is hoping the end of a 20-game goal drought will set the £40million man off and running.
“Many, many players have come to the Premier League and found it a struggle, so let’s hope it just gives him that bit of confidence which every striker needs,” said Bruce.
“You saw the difference in him straight away. From the last five minutes to the first five minutes, you saw it straight away, because he scored a goal.”
Paraguay international Miguel Almiron scored for the fourth time in seven games and Matty Longstaff made it three in the same number of matches, so that was a positive performance.
This is obviously a big step back up in class, but United have hit the target in seven of their last nine league games, as well.
Looking at the Newcastle vs Chelsea odds, we like 39/20 for an away win and both teams to score.
Last Newcastle EPL line-up: Dubravka, Clark, Dummett, Willems, Fernandez, Hayden, Almiron, S Longstaff, M Longstaff, Joelinton, Gayle.
Striker Allan Saint-Maximin and defender Fabian Schar are back in contention for Newcastle but striker Dwight Gayle and defender Paul Dummett sre out with hamstring injuries.
A Look At Chelsea’s Betting Odds
Chelsea put a poor run of Premier League home results behind them when brushing aside Burnley 3-0 at Stamford Bridge to cement fourth place in the table.
Jorginho broke the deadlock from the penalty spot, England hitman Tammy Abraham notched his 13th league goal of the season and Callum Hudson-Odoi also struck.
Frank Lampard was full of praise for flying wing-back Reece James, stating: “He’s got a great, great delivery of cross and much more than that too.
“He’s good on the ball and he’s physically so good as well, and he’s so young, so this is just the start for him.
“The way I want us to play, the full-backs are going to be huge for us. If I want to get it right, then they have to join in and be an attacking threat.
“And he certainly is for us, he’s a big weapon at the minute that we have to use well.”
The Blues have picked up seven points from their last three road trips, including wins at Tottenham and Arsenal.
Let’s finish off our Newcastle vs Chelsea betting tips by taking 15/2 for the visitors to prevail 2-1.
Last Chelsea line-up: Kepa, Rudiger, Christensen, James, Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Barkley, Mount, Abraham, Willian, Hudson-Odoi.
Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic remains sidelined with an adductor complaint. Ruben Loftus-Cheek remains a long-term absentee after Achilles surgery, while N’Golo Kante and Marcos Alonso will be doubtful for the trip.
NEWCASTLE 4-1 Rochdale – Eoghan O’Connell (og), Matty Longstaff, Miguel Almiron, Joelinton
CHELSEA 3-0 Burnley – Jorginho (pen), Tammy Abraham, Callum Hudson-Odoi
Head-to-head: Chelsea 1-0 Newcastle, Chelsea 2-1 Newcastle, Newcastle 1-2 Chelsea, Newcastle 3-0 Chelsea, Chelsea 3-0 Newcastle, Chelsea 3-1 Newcastle
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