2021-22 Premier League: Week Ten – Newcastle vs Chelsea

Newcastle United seek their first win under their new owners as the Magpies welcome league leaders, Chelsea to St James’ Park.

Should Burnley fail to win elsewhere and with Leeds not in action until Sunday, victory could see Newcastle climb out of the relegation zone.

Chelsea meanwhile will remain top of the table with a win.

 

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Jonjo Shelvey is set to return for Newcastle after serving an one match ban in their 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace last weekend.

Freddie Woodman (muscle) is a doubt but Martin Dubravka (foot) and Paul Dummett (calf) remain absent.

Chelsea could welcome Christian Pulisic back from an ankle injury which has kept the American sidelined for much of the season.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek (hip), Andreas Christiansen (tooth), Cesar Azpilicueta (shoulder) and N’Golo Kante (muscle) are doubtful.

Romelu Lukaku (ankle) and Timo Werner (hamstring) both look set to remain ruled out.

 

Stat Attack

  • Newcastle have won just one of their last six meetings against Chelsea (W1, L5).
  • Chelsea have won just two of their last eight visits to St James’ Park (W2, D1, L5).
  • Thomas Tuchel’s Blues won both meetings last season by 2-0 results.
  • Allan Saint-Maximin is the only Newcastle player to have played more than one through ball this season, having produced seven through balls in nine league appearances.
  • Eight of Chelsea’s 14 offsides in Premier League this season have fallen the way of Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner, who both were caught offside on four separate occasions each.

 

Prediction

Having faced 15 shots in last Saturday’s draw at Crystal Palace, Newcastle did incredibly well to snatch a point despite defensively struggling with Palace’s intensity which should stand them in good stead coming into a fixture where they have solid home form against Chelsea.

Chelsea though were rampant against Norwich last weekend with a clinical performance and were again dominant in midweek against Southampton despite netting just once after making six changes, which highlights how confident these Blues are at present.

On that note, I do feel like Chelsea should dominate this but Newcastle on their day can be excellent defensively despite their poor clean sheet record this season, so I do foresee a competitive fight but if the Chelsea of last Saturday show up then this should be an one-sided match.

Prediction: Newcastle 0-3 Chelsea

Result: Newcastle 0-3 Chelsea

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