Hosts Chelsea take on Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Monday night.
Chelsea have been impressive since Thomas Tuchel’s appointment, moving up to the fifth position in the points table, behind 4th-placed Liverpool just by a point. They will be looking to make it 5 wins in a row across competitions after securing a midweek 1-0 win over Barnsley 1-0 in the 5th round of the FA Cup. A win here will take them above Liverpool and get them into the Champions League qualification spot.
Their opponents, Newcastle, have won 2 of their last 3 in the league to create a 7-point gap between them and the relegation zone. They are coming here after a thrilling 3-2 victory over Southampton in their last game at home. A win here will take them to 15th place in the points table 10 points above the relegation zone.
This will be the 169th meeting between these two teams. Chelsea have the upper hand, having won 75 matches as compared to Newcastle’s 39 wins. The remaining 54 games have been drawn.
The previous meeting between the two teams took place in November last year and ended in a 2-0 win for Chelsea. Newcastle’s F Fernandez scored an own goal, followed by a strike from Chelsea’s T Abraham in the second half.
Chelsea have lost only 1 of their 25 Premier League home games against Newcastle United (W18, D6), a 2-0 defeat in May 2012.
Chelsea are looking to win 8 consecutive home top-division matches against an opponent for the first time since winning 9 in a row against West Brom between 1984 and 2013.
Newcastle have lost their last 7 away league games against Chelsea, scoring just 3 goals and conceding 18.
Chelsea’s O Giroud has scored more Premier League goals only against Aston Villa (9) than he has scored against Newcastle (8). However, those 8 goals came in his first six appearances against them.
- Match: Chelsea vs. Newcastle United
- Venue: Stamford Bridge, London
- Date & Time: Feb. 16, 2021 at 1:30 AM IST
- Injured: T Silva
- Doubtful: T Werner, K Havertz
- Unavailable/Suspended: None
- Injured: C Wilson, F Schar, J Manquillo
- Doubtful: J Lascelles, F Fernandez
- Unavailable/Suspended: J Hendrick
Predicted Starting XI
E Mendy (GK); C Azpilicueta, A Christensen, A Rudiger; R James, Jorginho, N Kante, B Chilwell; T Abraham, M Mount, O Giroud
Newcastle United (4-4-2)
K Darlow (GK); E Krafth, C Clark, P Dummett, J Lewis; J Shelvey, I Hayden, J Willock, M Almiron; A Saint-Maximin, Joelinton
- Chelsea form guide: W-W-W-W-D
- Newcastle United form guide: W-L-W-L-L
The Blues have appeared rock solid in defense under the new manager. Expect the Blues to keep yet another clean sheet here, especially since Newcastle is missing their prime scorer C Wilson.
It is difficult to see where the goals might come from for Newcastle in this game. They are likely to struggle against an in-form Chelsea side.
We are predicting a comfortable 2-0 victory for the home team in this game.
Howzat Dream Team
- Goalkeeper: E Mendy
- Defenders: C Azpilicueta, R James, B Chilwell
- Midfielders: M Mount, Jorginho, I Hayden, M Almiron, A Saint-Maximin
- Forwards: O Giroud, Joelinton
- Captain: O Giroud/Jorginho
- Vice Captain: B Chilwell/C Azpilicueta
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