With their sights set on widening their buffer in the top-four, Chelsea will make the trip to an injury-riddled St. James’ Park on Saturday evening.
Boosting the mood in their camp with a 3-0 win over Burnley in West London last weekend, Frank Lampard’s men appear to have refound their early-season touch after winning three of their last four matches across all competitions.
On the flip side, while Newcastle may have managed to come past League One outfit Rochdale in the FA Cup on Tuesday, the Magpies have begun to show some real signs of fatigue since opening the New Year.
Managing to scrape a point away at Wolves last week, Steve Bruce’s men have failed to win any of their last four Premier League matchups and have since lost their top half status.
With Chelsea winning each of their last three matchups against the Magpies, including a 1-0 victory back in October, you might be interested to know that the Blues can be found priced at 3/5 with Ladbrokes to come out on top this weekend.
Newcastle’s injury crisis
Although Newcastle might have managed to shock many and snatch a point away at Wolves last week, Steve Bruce’s side have come crashing back down to earth after an eye-catching run last year.
Collecting just one point out of a possible 12 over the past month, there is no doubt that Saturday’s hosts are desperate to improve on their most recent performances on home soil.
Hit with a 3-0 hammering against Leicester in their last appearance at St. James’ Park on New Year’s Day, the Magpies have lost back-to-back matches in the North West and you might be interested to know that Newcastle can be found priced at 13/8 with Ladbrokes to ship over 2.5 strikes this weekend.
Now on their worst run of form since September, there is no doubt that the former Sunderland boss is dealing with a growing injury crisis.
The Magpies were without 10 players for the trip to Wolves on Saturday and Paul Dummett and Dwight Gayle, who had only just returned to action, limped off in the first half of the 1-1 draw at Molineux with hamstring issues.
Chelsea bounce back
While the Blues may have continued to show some worrying inconstancies entering 2020, Chelsea really shinned in their 3-0 victory over Burnley in the capital last weekend.
Along with a Champions League knockout tie against Bayern Munich on the horizon, Frank Lampard’s men have won four of their last six matches across all formats, a run that has seen them pick up victories over Arsenal and Tottenham.
Once again holding a five-point buffer and in pole position to secure another top-four finish, one man who has continued to lead Chelsea’s youthful resurge has been leading marksman, Tammy Abraham.
Finding the net in their thumping victory over Burnley last time out, the now fully-fledged England international has already bagged 16 goals so far this season and has two in his last three appearances.
You might be interested to know that the 22-year-old can be found priced at 1/1 with William Hill to find the net at St. James’ Park on Saturday evening.