Recent Form Suggests Newcastle v Chelsea Will Provide Goals
After dropping points against Huddersfield in the penultimate game of the season in mid-week, Chelsea want to make a final push to break into the top four with a vital win at St James’ Park against Newcastle on Sunday afternoon. Chelsea are at 4/6 with Ladbrokes to take the three points in the final game of the 2017/18 season. A repeat of the 3-1 the Blues managed against in their home meeting against the Toon is at best 14/1 with bet365. Better might be to see both teams to score and Chelsea run out winners at 5/2 (PaddyPower).
|Sunday - 3.00pm||Odds||Tips|
|Newcastle v Chelsea|
|Exactly 2-3 goals in the match Best Bet||11/10|
Star-man Eden Hazard should be expected to be recalled after being left on the bench on Wednesday night, a decision by Antonio Conte which Chelsea paid the consequence. He scored a brace when the two teams met at Stamford Bridge back at the beginning of December. To do the same, the Belgian is supported at 13/2 with BoyleSports. BoyleSports also offers 13/8 for Hazard to score in a Chelsea win.
Newcastle coach Rafa Benitez memorably managed Chelsea for 6 months between 2012 and 2013, but the level of reverence afforded the Spaniard couldn’t be more of a contrast between the two sides. Benitez never endeared himself to the Chelsea contingent during his brief reign as manager, whereas in the North-East he is treated closer to a deity. Benitez has done exceptionally well with the limited resources and lacklustre backing provided by the Newcastle board, and he would certainly like to see out the season with a win over his out side. Newcastle are available at 11/2 (bet365) to win their final game of the season.
In the penultimate game of the season, Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger missed a glaring opportunity against the Terriers; the towering German defender is 11/1 to redeem himself and get on the scoresheet at Newcastle with a Chelsea win (boylesports). Blues’ performances have been rather tepid and low-scoring of late, and for Chelsea to win by one goal is 13/5 with boylesports. For them to win to nil against a Newcastle side with four consecutive losses, having not scored in three of them, is 7/4 (Coral). However, the four match winning streak Newcastle experienced before then remains in memory, and St James’ Park has produced some respectable results since the end of 2017- Newcastle’s loss to West Brom at the end of last month was their first in eight.
Three of the last six goals in matches featuring the Toon have come around the 50minute mark, twice as the opening strike; between 46 and 55 minutes is supported at 9/1 with both Betfair and PaddyPower as the time the deadlock is broken. Dwight Gayle is the shortest Newcastle player to open the scoring, at 9/1 with PaddyPower.
Based on recent form, backing 2-3 goals in the game would be sensible. Although most offer odds on, BoyleSports provide an excellent 11/10.
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