Chelsea seeks to heap pressure on leaders… Newcastle vs Chelsea: Match preview, betting tips and predictions
|Callum Wilson must be precise and less wasteful when Chelsea visit on Saturday unlike against Southampton before the break. (Picture credit: Premierleague.com)|
Newcastle vs Chelsea
St James’s Park
Whew! The gruesome international break is over and we all can return back to normal after the majority must have been on their knees praying for their favorite players not to contact COVID-19 or get injured while on international duty.
Chelsea are back to business and so are the Magpies, before the break, Chelsea were on the rise with strong momentum and an opportunity to close the gap on leaders with an early win over Newcastle at St James’s Park in the lunchtime kick-off of round 9 in the English premier league
Chelsea were bullish in their last game against Sheffield, there were so many talks about their defensive stability with their latest goalkeeper, Edouard Mendy but Sheffield breached their defense so early, they picked up and rammed four past the Blades.
Newcastle on their own parts failed to take advantage of the injury crisis at Southampton as they fell 2-0 at St Mary’s, a host of missed chances and showboating from Saint-Maximin contributed to a terrible performance that handed the Saints the maximum points.
This fixture can be tricky on the account of the international break and players are returning with fatigue, one they would pick over the novel virus; Steve Bruce will have to depend on a very conservative formation and hope the Blues won’t come to the party
Chelsea fans saw how amazing Mason Mount was for England on international duty, the due of Reece James and Ben Chilwell had mixed outing with the latter getting injured and might not be available, Timo Werner witnessed the embarrassment in the hands of Spain and will look to make things right.
Chelsea will attack no doubt, but will still be cautious, the legs available will be protected, Newcastle doesn’t have much to lose but they have enjoyed tremendous results against Chelsea on this ground including a 1-0 win in January.