All you need to know ahead of the Chelsea v Newcastle clash
Newcastle head to Chelsea on Saturday as Premier League action returns to Countryside. Both sides have endured recent struggles and will be looking to make their mark.
Chelsea Team News
The Blues have been inconsistent lately as they failed to establish a foothold in the race for a Champions League spot. Sarri’s side have scored just six goals in their last seven fixtures. However, they have at least been able to rely on a defence that has conceded only four goals in those seven games, and just eight in 11 home games in the league – a record bettered by only leaders Liverpool.
After missing Tuesday’s Carabao Cup defeat at Tottenham, Alvaro Morata is a doubt for the Newcastle clash. Therefore, Sarri will be relying on Eden Hazard to pull them out of their slump. Hazard will have to create chances, interchange quick passes, and find the back of the net.
Arrizabalaga; Alonso, Luiz, Rudiger, Azpilicueta; Kovaic, Jorginho, Kante; Hudson-Odoi, Hazard, Pedro
Newcastle Team News
Off-field issues and lack of transfer activity coupled with Benitez’ questionable tactics have put Newcastle’s chances under serious jeopardy.
Ki Sung-Yueng and Yoshiri Muto are on Asian Cup duty and won’t be available for the rest of the month.
Amid all the chaos, Salomon Rondon has been able to thrive with the knocks to their defence and provided Newcastle with some optimism.
Federico Fernández was pictured back in first-team training on Thursday, but Mohamed Diame, Jonjo Shelvey and Paul Dummett were all absent. The aforementioned trio went to Barcelona in the week for assessment on injuries.
Dubravka; Yedlin, Fernandez, Lascelles, Clark, Manquilo; Ritchie, Shelvey, Hayden, Perez, Rondon
- Chelsea have won their last six home matches against Newcastle in all competitions
- Chelsea have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 6 matches against Newcastle in all competitions.
- Chelsea have scored at least 2 goals in their last 6 home matches against Newcastle in all competitions
- Chelsea are undefeated in 13 of their last 14 home matches (Premier League)
- Newcastle have won 1 of their last 9 matches in all competitions
Chelsea wins: 72
Newcastle wins: 53
Betting & Odds
Chelsea have slipped out of form in recent weeks and are still too dependent on Hazard, but the Blues have kept at least three clean sheets in their last four outings. Meanwhile, Newcastle are in a bad place at the moment which should provide Chelse the perfect spring to bounce off of and restore their confidence.