Chelsea will be looking to move into the top four when they welcome Newcastle United to Stamford Bridge for Monday’s Premier League clash.
Thomas Tuchel’s men are a point adrift of fourth-placed Liverpool, having picked up 10 points from a possible 12 since his arrival.
Chelsea vs Newcastle Latest Odds
Having won their last eight home games against this opposition in all competitions, the Blues are clear 2/9 (1.22) favourites with bet365 to occupy the Champions League places by coming out on top.
The Magpies have won just two of their last 14 fixtures in all competitions but can be backed at 12/1 (13.00) to pull off a shock victory in west London.
None of the last nine meetings between this pair has resulted in draws, but you can get odds of 11/2 (6.50) on them cancelling each other out in this one.
Chelsea vs Newcastle Team News
Thiago Silva and Kai Havertz are both ruled out due to injury, although Timo Werner is likely to return after missing Thursday’s FA Cup win over Barnsley with a dead leg.
Jeff Hendrick is suspended after getting sent off against Southampton last weekend, while Federico Fernandez, Fabian Schar, Jive Manquillo, Jamaal Lascelles and Callum Wilson are all injured.
Chelsea vs Newcastle Preview
The serious injury that Wilson sustained against Southampton will have come as a bitter blow to Steve Bruce, who has depended on his star striker to score 10 of the team’s relatively meagre 25 Premier League goals this season.
Without the former Bournemouth man, they will struggle to find a way past a Blues defence that has proved almost watertight in conceding just one goal in five matches since their new manager took over.
What’s more, the guests’ record at this ground is not particularly encouraging – scoring just three times in the last eight visits and losing every time.
Chelsea vs Newcastle Tips and Predictions
All in all, odds of 5/6 (1.83) look like strong value on a solid Chelsea side that has kept four clean sheets in five winning to nil for their third meeting in four with a goal-shy Newcastle team that is missing their most important striker.
All odds correct at time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.