Key Stat: Chelsea have not won at St James Park since December 2011 – a run of five games (four defeats, one draw).
Expert Verdict: Newcastle United’s frustrating summer has spilled into the start of the Premier League season after a goalless draw with Cardiff – in which they missed a last-minute penalty with ten men – meant they remain without a win so far. Chelsea, on the other hand, have won two from two and will expect to end their poor recent record at St James Park with a third win.
Newcastle United vs Chelsea Prediction & Betting Tips
Newcastle United vs Chelsea Head-to-Head Stats
Chelsea have won 71 of their 163 previous matches against Newcastle United, compared to Newcastle’s 53 wins, but the Blues have not won at St James Park in any of their last five visits. That run of four defeats and one draw includes the 3-0 thrashing in the North East in May, when Ayoze Perez netted twice after Dwight Gayle’s opener. At Stamford Bridge last season, however, Chelsea won 3-0 in the FA Cup – Michy Batshuayi scoring twice and Marcos Alonso netting – and 3-1 in the league, with Eden Hazard grabbing a double and Alavaro Morata the other after Gayle had given the visitors the lead. Here are the results of the last five matches:
May 13, 2018: Newcastle United 3-0 Chelsea
Jan 28, 2018: Chelsea 3-0 Newcastle United
Dec 02, 2017: Chelsea 3-1 Newcastle United
Feb 13, 2016: Chelsea 5-1 Newcastle United
Sep 26, 2015: Newcastle United 2-2 Chelsea
Newcastle United vs Chelsea Betting Tips
Chelsea have won their first two Premier League games under Maurizio Sarri and will not have seen anything from Newcastle’s draw with Cardiff last time out to worry them.
It was the Blues’ own player, Kenedy, who was the worst performer in that goalless draw but he will not feature against his parent club.
Nevertheless, a lack of creativity is ominous given the strength of Chelsea’s defence – world-record signing Kepa Arrizabalaga with plenty to prove in goal.
At the other end, Alvaro Morata ended his Chelsea goal drought and Pedro continued his goalscoring start to the new season. Add Eden Hazard to the mix and that is a potent front three to sit in front of a strong midfield trio of N’Golo Kante, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic.
On paper, Chelsea should be winning this one comfortably – even if their recent record against Newcastle leaves a lot to be desired.
Despite their poor record at St James Park, however, you simply can not look past Chelsea to win this one – they have impressed in two games so far, and they are only going to get better with Hazard and Kovacic coming into the team.
Newcastle United vs Chelsea Recommended bets with odds
Chelsea are odds-on favourites to beat Newcastle despite poor recent results for the Blues at St James Park. Bet365, Ladbrokes, Betfair, Betway and 10Bet have all priced the visitors at 4/6 to win.
Newcastle drew a blank against Cardiff last time out, and they lacked creativity in that game. Betting against both teams to score on Sunday will return evens with Betfair.
A Chelsea win to nil, meanwhile, is 9/5 with Ladbrokes as Kepa Arrizabalaga looks for his second clean sheet since his world-record move to the Blues.
At the other end, Alvaro Morata scored against Arsenal last weekend and is 31/21 with 888sport to score at any time, while Eden Hazard is 19/10 with Betway on his expected return to the starting line-up. Pedro has scored two from two, meanwhile, and is a tempting 27/11 with 888sport.
Newcastle United vs Chelsea Prediction
Chelsea have won two from two so far this season and can put right their poor recent record at St James Park with a win against a Newcastle side who lacked ideas up front in their goalless draw with Cardiff last weekend.