Chelsea were in really good shape right before the international break, with four consecutive wins in all competitions. They will only hope to have kept it through the break, as Chelsea will now host Newcastle on Saturday. Newcastle did a great job to beat Manchester United in their last match but are still struggling to find chemistry.
Date/Time: 10-19-2019, 10:00 EST
Spread: Chelsea -1.5
Total: 3 Goals
Chelsea (4-2-2) played a somewhat balanced match on the road against Southampton before the break. But they were clinical in their finishing and took an early two-goal lead. Their opponents tried to make a comeback in that match, but Chelsea scored two more goals to eventually win by an easy 4-1. They have now won each of their last four matches in all competitions but kept just one clean sheet in the process. Chelsea are sitting at the 5th spot of the league table with 14 points. They have the 3rd best offense with 18 goals so far, but also the 4th worst defense with 14 conceded. Chelsea have not been very good at home so far (2-2-2 in all competitions), keeping just one clean sheet.
On the other hand, Newcastle (2-4-2) are coming off a really physical battle on the road against Manchester United. The two teams had their fair share of scoring chances, but it was Newcastle who scored the only goal of the match at the 72nd minute. That win came after a five-match win-less streak for Newcastle (0-2-3). Oddly enough, their only other win this season was a 1-0 on the road against Tottenham. Newcastle are now sitting at the 16th spot of the league table with 8 points, scoring just five and conceding 13 goals in the process. They have lost three of their four away matches so far, conceding all 11 goals in those three matches.
Chelsea won both matches against Newcastle last season, by 1-2 and 2-1 respectively. They have been really good in this match-up in recent years, losing just one of the last eight against Newcastle (6-1-1). Moreover, they have been tremendous as hosts against Newcastle, winning each of the last seven and keeping four clean sheets. Newcastle’s only wins this season are against teams from the big six. Chelsea should be feeling pretty confident due to their recent run, but Newcastle could potentially threaten here. In any case, I am taking the Over 3 Goals here.
Premier League Chelsea vs Newcastle Prediction: Over 3 Goals (-102)
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