Preview - Chelsea vs Newcastle United 13 January 19

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Match Day 22
Chelsea vs. Newcastle United
Sunday, January 13th 2019
01:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stamford Bridge

Last five matches form: W L W W D
Average goals per match: 1.81
Average goals against per match: 0.76
Top Scorer: Eden Hazard (10)

Newcastle United:
Last five matches form: D L D L D
Average goals per match: 0.71
Average goals against per match: 1.38
Top Scorer: Salomón Rondón (5)

Two sides with aspirations at opposite ends of the Premier League table lock horns at Stamford Bridge on Match Day 2 in the Premier League as fourth placed Chelsea play host to Newcastle United who find themselves only three points clear of the relegation places.
Chelsea beat Newcastle twice here last season, winning 3-1 in the league and 3-0 in the FA Cup. The Blues also came out on top in the reverse of this fixture earlier this season when beating Newcastle United 2-1 at St James' Park.

No major injury concerns for Chelsea, with Andreas Christensen and Ruben Loftus-Cheek being the only confirmed absentees. Karl Darlow is definitely out injured for Newcastle for whom Yoshinori Muto and Ki Sung-Yueng are away on international duty.

Having won their opening three fixtures here at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea have now won only three of their past eight; a run which has seen their title challenge fall away. Having lost to Leicester City and drawn with Southampton in their two most recent games here - failing to score in either match - they will be keen to bounce back here.

Newcastle do know how to make themselves tough to beat away from home though having lost only at Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool so far this season, picking up five draws and wins at Huddersfield and Burnley in their other games.

The fact that Southampton drew here will likely give Newcastle hope, and they will also be the fresher side having had the week off whereas Chelsea travelled to Tottenham in the Carabao Cup semi-final.

Chelsea probably should win this, but we just fancy Newcastle to nick a point with their usual counterattacking strategy on the road.

Prediction: Chelsea 2 - 2 Newcastle United


Half time:  1 - 1
Full time: 2 - 1
Shots:  9 - 9
Shots on target: 6 - 3
Corner Kicks: 8 - 5
Possession: 57% - 43%

Just the one booking for each side in this one, with referee Chris Kavanagh taking the names of Jorginho of Chelsea and Matt Ritchie of Newcastle United.

This certainly wasn't a vintage display from the Blues, as Newcastle put in their usual resolute performance away from home. In the end though this match was decided by a moment of quality from a quality player.

It took Chelsea only nine minutes to break the deadlock in this one. A long lofted ball out by David Luiz bisecting the Newcastle defence to find Pedro just inside the area. Smart control from Pedro and a dinked volleyed finish over Martin Dubravka.

As the first half wore on though Newcastle did begin to grow more and more into the game and their efforts paid off with an equaliser in the 40th minute. Matt Ritchie swinging over a corner form the left hand side to be met by Ciaran Clark around six yards from goal to plant a header into the bottom left. 1-1 at the interval.

The winner came in the 57th minute. Smart turn by Eden Hazard in midfield and a good ball to Willian in the left of the area. The angle looked tight for a shot but the Brazilian cut back on to his right foot to curl an effort in off the far post. Fine strike. No way back for Newcastle this time. 2-1 final score.

Chelsea stay fourth and are now six points ahead of fifth placed Arsenal. Bad weekend for Newcastle with just about every other result going against them, resulting in the Magpies sinking to third bottom and one point adrift of safety.

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