Fresh from their dramatic late victory over Manchester City, Chelsea are just two points adrift of Arsenal in second place in the Premier League, thanks largely to their hundred percent home record and as they play at lunchtime on Saturday, Jose Mourinho’s men will move to the summit if they can overcome Newcastle.
Betfred price the well-backed Blues at 8/13 to emerge triumphant, which initially seems a touch short given that they have amassed the same number of points on the road as the Magpies have accrued at St James’s Park but as three of Chelsea’s travelling assignments were at Manchester United, Spurs and Everton, their tally is perhaps understandable.
Furthermore, it’s been a draining week for Alan Pardew’s charges, who went down to a late goal against rivals Sunderland in last Sunday’s derby showdown before being eliminated from the Capital One Cup by Manchester City in extra-time on Wednesday.
Chelsea should have the edge then over the unpredictable hosts on Tyneside, where Ladbrokes quote the Blues at 13/5 to nick it by one and bet365 offer 11/2 about an opener from the rejuvenated Fernando Torres.
Fernando Torres to score first – 11/2 (bet365)