Saturday 12 January, kick-off 5.30pm
Stamford Bridge – Premier League
Newcastle’s winless run looks set to continue in these Premier League predictions, as they travel to Stamford Bridge to play Chelsea. There’s hope for the visitors in that the Blues failed to break down Southampton at home last week, but we can expect an improved performance from Maurizio Sarri’s side.
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Chelsea beat Newcastle 3-1 in last season’s corresponding fixture, and 3-0 at Stamford Bridge in the FA Cup last January. A similar result looks on the cards here. Salomon Rondon is the only Newcastle player with more than two goals this term, with the Magpies averaging well under a goal a game. The Blues are 5/6 with Betfred to win this game to nil. Our Chelsea v Newcastle prediction is a 3-0 home win and it’s priced at 7/1.
Chelsea to win to nil
Eden Hazard opened the scoring in this season’s first meeting between the teams, and scored twice against Newcastle in last term’s Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge. The Belgian forward is the 16/5 favourite with Betfair to break the deadlock in your weekend football predictions. Hazard is 5/6 in the anytime market, and 25/1 to strike first in a 3-0 Chelsea win.
Eden Hazard to score first
Chelsea battered Newcastle 5-1 at Stamford Bridge the season before last. If you like a little symmetry in your football score predictions, you can get 40/1 with bet365 on the same result this weekend. If you add Hazard as the first scorer, those odds rise to 143/1, which would be one of the best free betting tips and predictions of the season if it pays out.
Chelsea to win 5-1
What’s the story with Chelsea vs Newcastle?
Is Chelsea vs Newcastle on TV? Yes, it’s being shown live on BT Sport.
What happened last time? All the action happened late on at St James’ Park in August. Eden Hazard gave Chelsea the lead with 15 minutes left, before Joselu equalised in the 83rd minute. There was late heartbreak for the Newcastle faithful though as DeAndre Yedlin’s late own goal gave the Blues the win.
What are the Chelsea vs Newcastle odds? Chelsea are the heavy favourites at 1/4 in this Premier League preview, while Newcastle are 14/1. The draw is 11/2 with Betfair, who are currently offering new customers up to £100 in free bets.
Remember that time…the Magpies last won at Stamford Bridge? Papiss Cisse scored both of Newcastle’s goals in a 2-0 victory back in May 2012, with the points finally wrapped up in the 93rd minute.
Team news and form
Last six: WLWWDW
The Blues are likely to make some changes to their line-up for these Chelsea v Newcastle predictions, after a 1-0 defeat against Tottenham in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final on Tuesday. Ruben Loftus-Cheek misses out, but a raft of players are on the way to full fitness following injury. Pedro, Willian, Olivier Giroud and Mateo Kovacic should all be fit to play, but Cesc Fabregas said his goodbyes to Stamford Bridge after Saturday’s FA Cup victory over Nottingham Forest.
Last six: WDLDLD
Former Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez is sweating on the fitness of Mohamed Diame, who’s suffered a recurrence of an issue that’s affected his hip and groin. He’s a doubt for this game, along with Federico Fernandez who also has a hip injury. Jonjo Shelvey has gone to Barcelona to try and fix his thigh problem, and he’s a big miss after impressing off the bench against Manchester United last week. Yoshinori Muto and Ki Sung-Yeung are both away at the Asian Cup.
Chelsea vs Newcastle prediction, preview and betting tips
Newcastle United have lost on each of their last six visits to Stamford Bridge. Chelsea have outscored the Magpies by 18 goals to two in those games, and look a safe bet for the victory once again. The question in these football predictions is how to get value out of the home win.
Chelsea may suffered a narrow defeat in their Carabao Cup tie with Spurs, but they’ve won four of their last six in the Premier League. The Blues ended Manchester City’s unbeaten start to the season in that run, but also lost at home to Leicester City just before Christmas. Newcastle don’t have the same counter-attacking threat as the Foxes though.
The Magpies have only scored once in their last four Premier League fixtures, in a solid 1-1 draw at Watford. Chelsea are a step up from the Hornets though, despite Newcastle’s 3-0 victory at St James’ Park last season. That came in the dying embers of Antonio Conte’s reign, and Maurizio Sarri will expect his team to win this game after failing to beat another relegation contender last week in Southampton.
The visitors come into these Chelsea vs Newcastle betting tips just two points clear of the bottom three. A late Matt Richie penalty spared their blushes in the FA Cup at home to Blackburn Rovers, with a replay to come at Ewood Park. The home team meanwhile are fourth in the Premier League and have a three-point cushion to Arsenal in fifth. They need to keep a resurgent Manchester United at bay, with the Old Trafford club a further three points back.
The Blues have only conceded eight goals in 11 home games so far this term, which is why we’re backing them to keep a clean sheet on their way to victory. Another way to improve the odds on a home win could be to bet on over 2.5 goals, which gets you 4/5 in this Chelsea vs Newcastle prediction.
Chelsea vs Newcastle first goalscorer predictions
Alvaro Morata scored both of Chelsea’s goals against Nottingham Forest at the weekend, and that could be enough to earn the Spanish striker a start here. He is 4/1 to open the scoring on Saturday, which would take him into double figures for the season in all competitions. Salomon Rondon has been Newcastle’s main man recently, scoring five goals in the last two months. The Venezuelan is available at 13/1 to break the deadlock in the first goalscorer odds for this game.
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A Wolves fan born in Northern Ireland, Harry has been writing about football and the sports betting market for a number of years. When he’s not going to Molineux or discussing the latest football betting odds with Tom and Dick, you’ll probably find Harry out on the tennis courts – as long as the sun is shining, of course.