Chelsea are big favourites to win this one – but Newcastle shocked everyone, especially Manchester United, with their victory in the last set of matches and will be looking for another positive result here.
Newcastle may have beaten United last time out but it has not been a very good season so far for Steve Bruce’s team – and they could struggle at the Bridge.
CHELSEA TO WIN TO NIL
Frank Lampard has been forced to play some of his younger stars this season because of the transfer ban – but they have stepped up remarkably well and seem to hold no fear of opponents.
TOTAL GOALS OVER 3.5
Chelsea should be really up for this after the international break – and it would not be a surprise for the home side to go into an early lead and not look back.
CHELSEA TO WIN FIRST HALF
Head to Head
Chelsea hold the upper hand in this fixture and won both games between the two last season. Newcastle have not come away from Stamford Bridge with even a point since 2012.
Chelsea to win
Newcastle have surprised a few people this season with the teams they have beaten – but have then looked atrocious in other games. This could be a tough game for Steve Bruce’s men away from home.
Darren Williamson is an experienced soccer writer and tipster, covering everything from the Premier League to League Two. Darren also closely follows European soccer, cricket, and tennis and lives just outside London with his family. He counts music, food and travel among his non-sporting interests, but can’t go too long without taking in a sporting event or two.
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