Chelsea will aim to remain top of the Premier League standings when they face Newcastle United at St James Park on Saturday afternoon.
Newcastle United has had a dismal start to the 2021-22 Premier League season. They are yet to grab their first win of the new campaign. They sit 19th in the premier league with four draws and six losses. Their home form is not particularly encouraging either as they are with just one win in their last 15 matches on home ground. The recent Saudi-led consortium’s takeover hasn’t given the club’s result an immediate boost as they are on the verge of going ten opening premier league games without a win. Their last premier league outing was a 1-1 draw in what was Gary Jones’s first game as caretaker manager. Long-term absentees Martin Dubravka, Paul Dummet, and Federick Woodman are unavailable. Midfielder Jonjo Shelvey is still serving a suspension and is unavailable.
Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea come into this fixture as premier league leaders and will aim at a fourth consecutive premier league win. They have been consistent with 11 wins and just two losses this season. Chelsea’s defense has been top-notch and the best so far in the premier league with six clean sheets and just three goals conceded. Beyond boasting of a robust defense, Chelsea has managed to score first in all but one of their Premier League fixtures this season with a half-time lead in six of those matches. Their last premier league outing was a 7- thrashing over Norwich City. Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Reece James, and Ben Chilwell all sored to give them their biggest premier league win. Christian Pulisic remains sidelined with an ankle injury. Attacking duo Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner are also out injured.
Newcastle has won just twice in the last ten meetings with Chelsea. They have seen BTTS in their last seven Premier League games. With defensive problems, Newcastle are yet to keep a clean sheet this season, conceding 20 goals in that run. Chelsea has kept six clean sheets this season, conceding just five goals in their last 12 games. They have scored over 2.5 goals in three of their last five games. We are backing a comfortable win for Chelsea.
PREDICTION: CHELSEA WIN 2-0