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English Premier League
Kick Off: Saturday, 12 January at 11 PM IST
Stadium: Stamford Bridge

Free ESPN Premier League Picks Chelsea vs Newcastle

After being defeated by Tottenham Hotspurs in the EFL Cup, Chelsea return to Premier League action on Saturday as they host Newcastle at the Bridge. A win against Newcastle seems to be on the card, and Sarri would be desperate to win and built momentum for upcoming fixtures against Arsenal and Spurs. Last time Chelsea traveled to St. James park they were beaten 3-0 by Newcastle, and it was the other way round in the same season with the scoreline being the same. Chelsea currently stands 4th in the table and Newcastle are 15th, after their poor run of form.

Chelsea have failed to score a goal in their last two Premier League home games. Injury has been a major concern for The Blues this season. And then you also have the Callum Hudson Odoi situation to deal with; just when he started to get his opportunities in the Premier League. Alvaro Morata’s form has caused headaches to the Chelsea fans for a long while now. The good news for Chelsea fans is that they have signed USA captain Christian Pulisic from BVB – who’s a highly rated youngster. But will now join Chelsea after the season ends. Sarri Ball hasn’t yet begun for Chelsea, yes they have looked good at times; moving the ball swiftly and an odd long through pass from Jorginho or Luiz; at times when they have conceded a goal early they haven’t been able to pass at same pace and have looked sluggish at times. Eden Hazard has been the lone ranger for Chelsea this season as for as creating chances and scoring goals is concerned. Another key player – N’golo Kante has been improving in his new role (Attacking Midfielder), since being criticized for his performance against Spurs earlier in the season. Meanwhile, Chelsea’s defence has conceded only 8 goals in their home matches this season, only Liverpool have conceded fewer goals (3) at home.

Former Chelsea Manager Rafa Benitez returns to Stamford Bridge; the Spaniard has just won one of his last 14 away matches against Chelsea in all competitions (D4 L9). Newcastle haven’t won in their last 4 Premier League games, still, they are safe from the relegation zone. A defeat here and a win for Southampton could send them to the relegation zone. Even a victory here will not make them climb the ladder, but it could be morale boosting for the team moving forward in the competition. The main aim for Newcastle is to stay in the Premier League if they manage to do that it will a Remarkable result. Having said that The Magpies face Cardiff at home which is their only chance of remaining safe from the relegation zone – their upcoming fixtures are against Man City(H), Spurs(A) and Wolves(A); which seem to be an uphill task. Lack of goals has been a concern for Newcastle – scoring only 2 goals in their last five Premier League matches. The only positive for them is – Salomon Rondon who has done his job netting 5 goals and 2 assists in 15 matches. The Magpies have been organized at the back and will play long balls on the counter, they won’t have much of possession – considering their opponents and tactics. Chelsea will look to attack from the wings. Expect Rafa Benitez to play 5-4-1 formation.

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Salomon Rondon has scored each of Newcastle’s last three away goals in the Premier League.

Chelsea’ Eden Hazard has scored six and assisted one in five Premier League appearances at Stamford Bridge against Newcastle.

Newcastle are winless in 12 away league games against ‘big six’ sides (D1 L11), losing the last nine in a row.

Chelsea have lost only one of their 23 home Premier League games against Newcastle (W16 D6).

Free ESPN Premier League Picks Chelsea vs Newcastle

Chelsea are very much favorites for this fixture especially considering their playing at home. Everything seems to be well and truly within their sights and if they start the game at a fast pace, expect them to score more goals. But if there’s anyone who can get you a draw then its – Rafa Benitez, he exactly knows what Newcastle require. A draw would be a good result for the Magpies, which would keep them safe from the relegation zone.

Match Prediction: Chelsea 3 – 0 Newcastle