Newcastle United vs Chelsea. Prediction and Preview. Probable Lineups, Team News, Stats and more
The Magpies find themselves on a winning streak of four games in a row in the EPL. In contrast, Chelsea are in trouble, with two defeats and a series of four games without a victory. Newcastle are preparing to consolidate in the top-4 while the Aristocrats will try to break their frustrating stretch and pick up much-needed points.
Parimatchnews will tell you everything you need to know ahead of the upcoming match.
Newcastle United News & Current Form:
Last season, the Magpies were struggling to retain their place in the elite division, but the miraculous takeover of Newcastle by the Saudi Arabian Sovereign Investment Fund made the Magpies potentially the richest club in the world and promised them a bright future. However, it is unlikely that even the management themselves hoped that the team would progress so rapidly.
The Magpies lost only once in this campaign – 1:2 away to Liverpool FC, and the Merseysideiders managed to snatch victory only in the 8th minute of added time. In the remaining thirteen games, Eddie Howe’s side have scored seven victories and 27 points, which have allowed the team to soar into third place – the highest position for the Black and Whites in the last eleven years.
The only thing Newcastle may be regretting at the moment is that the English Premier League is about to pause for World Cup, and this is happening at a time when the team is in excellent form and playing a spectacular game. In the previous two rounds, the Magpies literally smashed their opponents, netting four goals each to Aston Villa (4-0) and Southampton (4-1). In total, the Magpies have scored at least four goals in four of their last seven games in the EPL.
In the middle of the week, Newcastle also successfully reached the third round of the English League Cup. Eddie Howe’s side outclassed Crystal Palace in the penalty shoot-out at St James’ Park (0-0 draw in regulation time).
However, there is a nuance, as the English coach involved almost all the key players. Which is not surprising, because the team is not encumbered by European competitions. The good news for the Magpies is that they have avoided any further losses, maybe a little degree of fatigue. That is, Eddie Howe’s team approaches the match with Chelsea with a fighting line-up. Allan Saint-Maximin will be among the players who will compete for a place in the starting line-up. The Frenchman has recovered from injury and has already picked up the necessary conditions to appear in the starting line-up.
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Chelsea News & Current Form:
Chelsea, on the other hand, are really desperate for the World Cup and a break that will give the team a chance to breathe out and reset. The Londoners now look significantly weaker than all their rivals in the fight for a place in the top 4, and there are several reasons for that.
Firstly, Graham Potter took charge of the team in the midst of the season and a very busy schedule of matches almost left the head coach no time to work fruitfully on certain tactical aspects of the game.
Secondly, the 47-year-old specialist’s options are severely limited by an epidemic of injuries. Wesley Fofana and Reece James were injured in October. Defender Ben Chilwell dropped out in early November due to a hamstring injury right when he gained his best form. Essential midfielder N’Golo Kante has not played since the start of the season.
If we look at the Pensioners’ form, over the last five EPL fixtures, Chelsea finished 14th in the standings. The team’s recent results in the Premier League:
- Chelsea v Arsenal 0-1;
- Brighton v Chelsea 4-1;
- Chelsea v Manchester United 1-1;
- Brentford v Chelsea 0-0;
- Aston Villa v Chelsea 0-2.
Due to such a disappointing stretch, the Blues have now dropped as low as seventh place and are 13 points behind leading Arsenal. The title chances are clearly gone, but a top-four finish is a must.
The task is quite doable, because before the resumption of the English championship, which will take place in late December, most of the injured players will return to form, and Graham Potter will finally get enough time to better convey his ideas and developments to the charges. And then the January transfer window will open, during which Chelsea will be able to complete their squad. However, by that time, the Blues may have to suffer another setback and relegate to the mid-table.
Regarding the EFL Cup, Chelsea assessed their strength before the match and decided to use reserve players to give the main players a rest before a very important match in the Premier League. Will it help the Aristocrats? We will see it in Newcastle very soon.
Newcastle United form guide (in all competitions): D-W-W-W-W-W
Chelsea form guide (in all competitions): D-W-L-W-L-L
Newcastle United vs Chelseal Head-To-Head Record:
Newcastle United vs Chelsea Predicted XI:
Newcastle United possible starting lineup: Pope; Trippier, Schar, Botman, Burn; S Longstaff, Guimaraes, Willock; Joelinton, Wilson, Almiron.
Chelsea possible starting lineup: Mendy; Azpilicueta, Chalobah, T Silva, Cucurella; Loftus-Cheek, Kovacic; Sterling, Havertz, Mount; Aubameyang.
Statistical preview of the match Newcastle United vs Chelsea:
- Against Newcastle, Chelsea have won seven of their previous eight games, including the last four (registering clean sheets).
- Seven previous head-to-head encounters have seen more than 2.5 goals scored.
- The Magpies are unbeaten in the English league at home. Eddie Howe’s side boast four wins and three draws, with a goal difference of 16-5.
- The Blues are in sixth place among all the teams in the English league when it comes to away games. Graham Potter’s side have three wins, a draw and three defeats in seven meetings.
- Chelsea’s most productive players are Raheem Sterling (3+1), Mason Mount (2+2), Kai Havertz (3+0).
- Chelsea have scored in 7 out of 10 away games in all competitions.
- The most prolific players of Newcastle are Miguel Almiron (8+0), Callum Wilson (6+2), Bruno Guimaraes (3+2).
- Newcastle have lost 9 of their 11 head-to-head games against the Aristocrats.
- Newcastle have won 6 of their 7 matches in the tournament.
- Newcastle are unbeaten in EPL in 9 games.
- The teams do not draw in 11 head-to-head encounters.
What has been said before the match:
Eddie Howe, the Newcastle United gaffer:
“We’re hopeful to continue our good form and momentum. We know it’s going to be a really difficult game. I really like Graham Potter and I’ve got a lot of respect for him. His teams always, tactically, give you a problem so we’re going to need to deal with that.”
“They’ve got world-class players but we have to make sure we continue our excellent intensity levels and the crowd play a part because I think that’s been a big weapon for us here. We want to win. We want to try and get as many points as we can. The players have done really well in consistently being able to produce not just the performances but the results we’ve wanted. We’re under no illusions of how difficult this task will be so we’re going to need our highest level of performance to win.”
Graham Potter, the Chelsea gaffer:
“Eddie has done a fantastic job. He’s improved the players that were there. He’s improved the team with some really good recruitment. They’ve spent some money to reinforce the team. I could speak for half-an-hour about how good I think Eddie is, as a person and a coach. I have huge admiration for him. He’s galvanized the team, there’s fantastic support up there at St James’ Park, and the club is moving forward.“
“They’ve deservedly got results and that builds confidence and momentum. They have a physicality and intensity and they’re good in all phases of the game. I like how they’re playing. We have a tough game.”
“We’ll have a few days break when this part of the season ends. There are only about three or four players left. Then we will reconvene, a bit of training and off to a warm-weather camp and a couple of games to prepare for the restart. We have to use it for what it is. It’s an opportunity.”Potter said about the WC pause.
“We have to take stock of the time we’ve had. It’s 13 weeks in six weeks, eight days away from home. It’s been incredibly intense and we’ve learned a lot. We have to take that time to reflect and come back stronger. It’d be stupid not to use that time to do that, to rejuvenate, to recover, to reflect, to improve. There will be loads of things that will enter the head as you reflect. There’s more to come from the group we have. We can do better than we have from a performance perspective, and that’s where our focus is on”
Newcastle United vs Chelsea Prediction:
Newcastle approach the home game with the status of favorites. And currently it is more than justified as they show a more cohesive game also having the best results in the last meetings in the tournament.
Chelsea are heading to the match against the Magpies on a four-match winless streak. Which can add motivation to the team to fight hard, but it is unlikely to be a miracle, especially at St. James Park.
The White and Blacks are performing equally strong at home and away. Their superb run of form, combined with a сheeky courage versus the occasional erratic performance from Chelsea’s defense, suggests that the Magpies will continue their winning streak.
Parimatch News staff prediction:
We say: Newcastle to win – Yes.