It was disappointment for Chelsea earlier this week when they dumped out of this season’s Carabao Cup thanks to a 1-0 defeat to city rivals Tottenham Hotspur, Harry Kane scoring the only goal of the game from the penalty-spot in the 26th minute. The Blues can at least now concentrate on their Premier League campaign with one less distraction and continue to pile the pressure on the sides above them in the league table. Next in Chelsea’s sights are Newcastle United and Maurizio Sarri will be eager for his side to collect a maximum points haul ahead of a tricky subsequent outing against arch-rivals Arsenal, their closest challengers for a top-four position as things stand.
Chelsea haven’t exactly been scoring for fun in recent weeks with their wins being based largely on defensive solidity and this is certain to cause plenty of problems for Newcastle United as the visitors attempt to find a way through on Saturday evening, the bookmakers giving away free bets on Chelsea v Newcastle United.
Newcastle United remain dangerously close to the drop zone with just two points separating them from the bottom three in the Premier League table, Rafael Benitez’s men having won just one of their last nine outings. Nevertheless they have been saving some of their better performances for their away days and as such they will be quietly confident of managing something for their efforts at Stamford Bridge.
A notable exception to Newcastle’s decent away form came when they were thumped 4-0 at Anfield on Boxing Day and the evidence suggests that Benitez’s side may well be in line for another thrashing when they visit Chelsea this weekend. Indeed we’re expecting a workmanlike performance from the hosts which should result in a relatively easy victory, a result which would leave the Magpies looking anxiously over their shoulders, BetVictor Bookmakers going 17/20 on Chelsea to win-to-nil.