class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>In free-scoring form this season, Al Hain-Cole is backing Frank Lampard's men to secure an entertaining victory over the Magpies at St James' Park
Chelsea will be looking to go top of the Premier League table for at least a few hours when they travel to St James’ Park to take on Newcastle United on Saturday.
The Blues are three points adrift of leaders Leicester City going into the weekend and are enjoying a four-match winning streak in all competitions.
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Newcastle United vs Chelsea Latest Odds
Having not lost in 90 minutes since their 2-0 defeat against Liverpool 12 games ago, they are 1/2 (1.50) favourites with bet365 to move into first place by coming out on top.
However, Steve Bruce’s men have won five and lost just one of their last seven home matches against this opposition and can be backed at 5/1 (6.00) to extend that strong record with another victory.
Two of the guests’ last three away games in the league have resulted in draws, and you can get odds of 18/5 (4.60) on them being forced to settle for a single point yet again.
Newcastle United vs Chelsea Team News
Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser will both face fitness tests, although Martin Dubravka, Paul Dummett, Jonjoe Shelvey, Matt Ritchie and Dwight Gayle are all definitely ruled out
Kai Havertz is unlikely to feature despite returning to training following his isolation for COVID-19, while Christian Pulisic remains sidelined with a hamstring issue.
Newcastle United vs Chelsea Preview
Even without Havertz and Pulisic, Frank Lampard’s men look set for a productive 90 minutes in front of goal on Saturday.
Having scored three goals or more in six of their eight league matches so far – as well as each of their last four fixtures in all competitions – they should have little trouble in finding a way past a backline that has gone seven league games without a clean sheet.
Indeed, the Magpies have conceded nine times in their four home fixtures this Premier League campaign, although they have also found the net six times in their last three in their own backyard.
Newcastle United vs Chelsea Tips and Predictions
Considering Chelsea’s embarrassment of attacking riches, odds of 11/10 (2.10) seem generous on them coming out on top in their sixth league game in seven and Newcastle’s eighth successive home league match to feature over 2.5 goals.
All odds correct at time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.