Chelsea will travel to St James’ Park on Sunday and take on Newcastle United in a game that can be seen on NBCSN. Chelsea comes into this game at 2-0, while Newcastle United is 0-1-1. Chelsea rolled over Huddersfield in their opener 3-0 and then got past Arsenal 3-2.
Newcastle United suffered a tough 2-1 loss in their opener to Tottenham and then played to a scoreless draw to Cardiff last week. Let’s look at this match on Sunday and soccer predictions.
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Chelsea at Newcastle United
Date and Time:Sunday, August 26, 2018, 11:00 a.m. ET
Location: St James’ Park, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Premier League Odds at BETCRIS:
Newcastle United +400
Chelsea -1/2 -150
Newcastle United +1/2 +120
Chelsea vs. Newcastle United TV Coverage:NBCSN
Chelsea has been impressive offensively, as they have scored six goals in their two games, while Newcastle United has struggled to score. The Blues have a solid early season goal differential of +4, while Newcastle is at -1. The question on Sunday is whether or not Newcastle can contain Chelsea. Newcastle should be motivated for a good performance considering they got just a draw against Cardiff. Rafa Benitez was not happy with his players after that game. Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is expected to put Eden Hazard back into the starting lineup on Sunday. Hazard came off the bench in wins over Huddersfield and Arsenal.
If Newcastle is going to get a point in any of their next three games it might be this one, as they don’t figure to get anything at Manchester City next week and then they have Arsenal at home. Chelsea and Newcastle met in the final match of last season and it was Newcastle winning 3-0 at home. Newcastle will not have winger Kenedy for this match, as Premier League rules say that players on loan are ineligible to play against their parent club. Kenedy is on loan from the Blues for this season. Kenedy missed a penalty kick last week that would have given Newcastle the win against Cardiff.
Player to Watch
The player who needs to pick up the slack with Kenedy out of the lineup for Newcastle is Christian Atsu. He could get the chance on Sunday to play opposite winger Matt Ritchie.
Chelsea has had all kinds of trouble winning at Newcastle of late. They have just one win in their last seven outings to Tyneside. Their last win at Newcastle came in 2011. Chelsea does have won factor in their favor. Paul Tierney is going to ref this game and Newcastle has won just once in five games with Tierney as the ref.
Chelsea has won 71 times in their history against Newcastle United, while losing 53 times. The teams have played to 39 draws. Chelsea is 4-1-1 in the last six against Newcastle, with five of the six going over the total.
Chelsea vs. Newcastle Free Picks
I know that the Blues have struggled recently at Newcastle, but I have not been impressed with Newcastle’s scoring options this season. They couldn’t even score a single goal last time out against Cardiff. I think Chelsea simply has too much offensive talent and that they will get this road win. The price on the Blues is also reasonable, as they are laying just -150 in this match. I will take Chelsea in this game on Sunday. I also think there could be some value in playing the total, especially since this series has seen a lot of high scoring games of late. I will also play the game over the total.
Chelsea vs. Newcastle Pick:Chelsea and Over the total at BetCris
Chelsea vs. Newcastle Score Prediction:Chelsea 3, Newcastle United 1
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