Blues to shoot down soaring Magpies

Only Man Utd have conceded fewer away goals than Chelsea

Fourth-placed Newcastle United take on fifth-placed Chelsea at the newly-named Sports Direct Arena in the lunchtime kick-off on Saturday.

Newcastle again look set to be without the injured midfield pair of Cheick Tiote and Sylvain Marveaux while Jonas Gutierrez is suspended following his red card during the 1-1 draw with Manchester United last weekend. Top scorer Demba Ba will be looking to maintain his impressive start for the Magpies having scored nine goals in 12 Premier League games.

With the exception of Michael Essien, Chelsea can name their first-choice side but only if manager André Villas-Boas knows what that is. The under-fire Chelsea boss knows that anything but a win will be regarded as failure and would provide more ammunition to those calling for his head just 13 league games into his tenure. Team selection may be the key. Chelsea must find a way to break down the joint-best defence in the league comprising the in-form Tim Krul, Fabricio Coloccini and Steven Taylor. Frank Lampard has not been at his best for some time and Fernando Torres’ form (or lack of it) has been well documented. The main threat to Newcastle’s goal may therefore come from Juan Mata, Daniel Sturridge and Didier Drogba.

Without a win in their last two league games, Newcastle may be forgetting the taste of victory and Alan Pardew would probably be happy with a point. In contrast, André Villas-Boas knows that the sooner his team regains its place in the league’s top four, the sooner the pressure will be eased. Only Manchester United have conceded fewer away goals than Chelsea this season and, if their defence can cope with the home side’s counter-attacks, they look excellent value at 11/10 to get a much-needed win to ease the manager’s woes.

Newcastle have failed to score in the first-half in 11 of their 16 games in all competitions. With Chelsea eager to complete the job early in order to prepare for their crucial Champions League tie with Valencia on Tuesday, an away lead at both half-time and full-time may be worth a punt at 5/2 with BoyleSports. At 11/1 with Paddy Power, a 2-0 win also looks too good to refuse – most bookmakers are offering between 7/1 and 9/1.

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Written By:- Phil Haigh (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 02/12/2011 - 15:07 PM
Filed in:- Chelsea Betting News, Chelsea, Newcastle

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