Chelsea v Newcastle Premier League betting preview and tips

18:30 Sat 12 Jan
Football
England
Premier League
Tip: Newcastle +2
Units: 1/5
Odds: -167

Chelsea have a three-point advantage over Arsenal in their quest to land a top-four finish in the Premier League this season, although Maurizio Sarri will have one eye on Manchester United who are coming up fast along the rails.

Sarri can ill-afford to miss out on qualifying for the Champions League after the Blues missed out last year under Antonio Conte, with club owner Roman Abramovich not renowned for being the most patient of men and it’s clear that Chelsea are heavily reliant on Eden Hazard.

Unfortunately, the Belgian can’t do it all on his own and the bottom line is that Chelsea have only won 55% of their matches at Stamford Bridge this season, with Southampton the latest team to deny them thanks to some stubborn defending.

Newcastle are scrapping for their lives near the foot of the division, with the Magpies mustering eighteen points from their twenty-one games played, something that has them just two points above the drop zone.

Rafael Benitez’s team will feel confident they can get something from this clash after a fairly spirited showing against Manchester United where they were truly in the game.

Newcastle have avoided defeat in seven of their ten away games this season, with defeats only occurring at Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United, suggesting that they are tough nuts to crack.

You can draw a line through that FA Cup draw against Blackburn when you see that Benitez made wholesale changes for this clash and the biggest worry for the Magpies is the distinct lack of goals that they are able to score.

On the plus side, the trip to Anfield was the only time where Newcastle have lost by more than one goal and it’s for this reason that we can get with the visitors on the Asian Handicap market.

Back Newcastle +2 and it means that Chelsea would need to win by three goals or more in order for this bet to become a loser. We imagine the home side will simply be happy to get the job done.

BETTING TIP
Newcastle +2 @ 1.60 with bet365

Team News

Chelsea: 4-3-3 (Confirmed Line-ups)
Newcastle: 5-4-1 (Confirmed Line-ups)
  • 01
    Kepa Arrizabalaga
  • 03
    Marcos Alonso
  • 30
    David Luiz
  • 02
    Antonio Rüdiger
  • 28
    Cesar Azpilicueta
  • 17
    Mateo Kovacic
  • 05
    Jorginho
  • 07
    Ngolo Kante
  • 22
    Willian
  • 10
    Eden Hazard
  • 11
    Pedro Rodriguez
  • 12
    Martin Dubravka
  • 22
    DeAndre Yedlin
  • 20
    Florian Lejeune
  • 06
    Jamaal Lascelles
  • 02
    Ciaran Clark
  • 11
    Matt Ritchie
  • 17
    Ayoze Perez
  • 36
    Sean Longstaff
  • 14
    Isaac Hayden
  • 30
    Christian Atsu
  • 09
    Salomon Rondon

Premier League

# Team G W D L +/- P
1 Liverpool 23 19 3 1 54:13 60
2 Manchester City 23 17 3 3 59:16 54
3 Tottenham 22 16 0 6 46:23 48
4 Chelsea 23 14 5 4 40:19 47
5 Arsenal 23 13 5 5 48:32 44
6 Manchester Unit 23 13 5 5 46:33 44
7 Watford 23 9 6 8 32:32 33
8 Wolverhampton W 23 9 5 9 27:31 32
9 Everton 23 8 7 8 33:30 31
10 Leicester 23 9 4 10 29:29 31
11 West Ham 23 9 4 10 30:34 31
12 Bournemouth 23 9 3 11 33:42 30
13 Brighton 23 7 5 11 25:32 26
14 Crystal Palace 23 6 4 13 23:32 22
15 Southampton 23 5 7 11 25:40 22
16 Burnley 23 6 4 13 23:43 22
17 Newcastle Unite 23 5 6 12 19:31 21
18 Cardiff 23 5 4 14 19:44 19
19 Fulham 23 3 5 15 21:51 14
20 Huddersfield 22 2 5 15 13:38 11