Chelsea missed the chance to make it three consecutive league wins last time out when they were held to a goalless draw by Southampton while Newcastle were outgunned 2-0 by Manchester United. Nothing short of a win here will keep Chelsea’s title hopes alive and within touching distance of Spurs. Check out the betting preview and tips by Form Labs and head over to our FanBoosts and see our selection of enhanced odds for this weekend’s action.
Chelsea Unlucky Midweek
Chelsea can count themselves unlucky following their League Cup semi-final defeat to Spurs. That VAR penalty decision in the first leg looks like it should have been overturned for offside, while the Blues dominated large parts of the game as they hit the woodwork twice to no avail.
Maurizio Sarri was the first to say how important that impressive display was for his charges, even in defeat, and you get the feeling they’ll reap the rewards against Newcastle back at Stamford Bridge this weekend.
Newcastle Loss To United
The Magpies lost out to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men last time out as they gifted the Red Devils just their third clean sheet in the league this season and the first under new management.
That is a serious worry for Rafa Benitez as his team have netted just once across their last four winless matches now as they also failed to score against Fulham and Liverpool.
They take on another ‘Big Six’ side this weekend and they hold a very unfavourable record against Chelsea, losing each of the last six meetings at the Bridge in all competitions between the two since 2012/13, with the Blues winning to nil in four of them.
Newcastle Injury Concerns
Benitez has a couple of injury concerns as Jonjo Shelvey has travelled to Barcelona to see a specialist, while Mohamed Diame also looks a slight doubt. The former is one of the most influential players at the club and the latter was a crucial cog in the Magpies strong second half to the season last term and has started every game so far this season.
Couple that with the Blues’ excellent defensive displays of late as they’ve kept a clean sheet in seven of their last eight at Stamford Bridge across all competitions (including against Man City) as only Liverpool have bettered their defensive work at home, and the win to nil looks the best bet.
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