Newcastle vs Chelsea Betting Odds, Preview & Tips – Sunday, November 28th
November 29, 2010 | In: Articles
Newcastle v Chelsea Betting Tip & Odds: Chelsea need to get themselves together. On their last two trips to St James Park, they have come away 2-0 winners, and that looks a good trend to jump on. Chelsea still have the best defensive record in the Premier League by a long way, and that is something which should serve them well, even though they are not at full strength with John Terry out still. You have to picture Chelsea breaking out of their mini slump with some style soon, and how open Newcastle are, it could just be an invitation for Drogba, Malouda and Anelka. Chelsea to win by two goals: Chelsea -1.5 Asian Handicap 7/4 at Bet365
Newcastle to win: 9/2 at Bet365
Draw: 3/1 at Victor Chandler
Chelsea to win: 7/10 at Totesport
EPL Match Preview: If ever Chelsea needed a wake up call, then they received one on Saturday. The Blues have fallen from the top of the Premier League, after seeing Arsenal secure a 4-2 win over Aston Villa yesterday, and a Manchester United thrash Blackburn at Old Trafford. After losing their last two matches, Chelsea need to respond, and respond well. Suddenly the wheels are coming off at Stamford Bridge, or so it would appear. The biggest problem with Chelsea is that the goals have dried up. They are playing the same old Chelsea way which has served them so well, and which saw them get off to a strong start to the season. However, having hit just one goal in their last four Premier League matches, Chelsea are struggling to buy a goal at the moment. The same strikers are there, so what has happened to Chelsea? Carlo Ancelotti will be looking at the midfield he is putting out and the moment, and praying that Frank Lampard and Michael Essien get back into action soon. Lampard is still on the sidelines with an injury, while Essien sits out the trip to Newcastle, serving the final match ban of his current suspension. The downward turn in form can really be spotted when Essien was sent off in a win against Fulham. The following two matches without him, Chelsea have suffered. That is how influential the Ghanaian is.
So it is up north they head now, with no game appearing easy for them. They left it late in the week to beat Zilina in the Champions League after falling behind at Stamford Bridge. That was only a 2-1 victory for the Blues, and while the youngsters were given a run out by Ancelotti, the lack of clinical finishing and good execution in getting balls forward, was still evident. It’s not that Chelsea are doing anything wrong, they just need a tonic. A pick-me-up to get over this hump. These skids happen in sport and Chelsea haven’t become a bad team overnight. This is the same double winning team from last term. It is the same coach. But speculation is mounting over how long Ancelotti will be in charge at the Bridge. Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich isn’t happy at the moment, if the media rumours are to be believed. That is the pressure which managers are under. Lose at your peril. One big problem, is that Chelsea really don’t have a lot of cover at the back either, and with John Terry unable to play, and centre half partner Alex playing on while he needs surgery, the back line have been weakened. But they need to get on with things, and forget about that.
This is not the first meeting of the two sides this season, as the sides butted heads in the Carling Cup at Stamford Bridge. Newcastle stunned the home side in a thrilling 4-3 victory on that night, and games with Newcastle in them are never really short of goals. Therefore, this could be just the fixture that Chelsea needs to break out of their slump. Surely Didier Drogba (5/4 at Extrabet Anytime Scorer) or Anelka (2/1 at Boylesports Anytime Scorer) will get them firing again, because there is too much class up front for Chelsea to go on a barren run for too long. It just doesn’t make sense, and therefore both of them are worth looking at in Goalscorer markets. Check out Florent Malouda too (7/4 at Bet365 Anytime Scorer), who just seems to be in the right place at the right time for Chelsea this year, and is a marked improved player in front of goal. Do Chelsea have the courage and confidence in themselves to win away? Arsenal had to do it on Saturday to get out of their slump, and now Chelsea have to react to losing their lead at the top of the Premier League. Chelsea are now three points behind leaders Manchester United, who hit seven goals past a hapless Blackburn yesterday. Chelsea do have a good run going at St James Park, having not lost there on their last three visits, and Newcastle have failed to score on Chelsea in their last three meetings.
Newcastle can empathise with Chelsea a little bit, in that their starting centre half pairing are both missing. Both Fabricio Coloccini and Mike Williamson are starting their three match bans, which depletes the Newcastle back line. Who may have to step into the breach? Ex Arsenal man, Sol Campbell, who would be making his first start with Newcastle. That’s not good news for boss Chris Hughton, who has seen his side skid to no win in three Premier League matches. This isn’t a match between two teams in great form, that is for sure. Newcastle will also be without Joey Barton buzzing around in midfield, and that will be a big blow, because if anyone was going to upset and irritate a fragile Chelsea midfield, then it would probably have been him. The Toon Army have slipped down to thirteenth in the league and were routed 5-1 by Bolton last weekend. However, Newcastle really have had their moments this season, thrashing Sunderland 5-1, thrashing Aston Villa 6-0 (both at home), while grabbing a cheeky 1-0 away win at Arsenal. With only a 29% win percentage at home though, you have to look for a Chelsea victory to come really. But Newcastle to pose a big threat up front, with Andy Carroll (27/11 at Unibet Anytime Scorer) throwing his weight around. He really could cause the Chelsea back line problems, and with strike partner Kevin Nolan (7/2 at SkyBet Anytime Scorer) having hit 6 home goals out of his 7 total tallied this year, Newcastle know where the goal is. They are a brave side, and that was seen in their performance in beating Chelsea in the Carling Cup. Can they deliver a harsh kick to Chelsea while they are down?
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Newcastle v Chelsea Premier League Betting Statistics
Last 5 Head to Head
Newcastle 0, Chelsea 2
Chelsea 0, Newcastle 0
Newcastle 0, Chelsea 2
Chelsea 2, Newcastle 1
Newcastle 0, Chelsea 0
Newcastle have an 29% win percentage at home in the league this season
Chelsea have a 43% win percentage away from home in the league this season
Newcastle are on a streak of 2 home games without a win
Chelsea are on a streak of two away games without a win
Newcastle have scored 15 goals, and conceded 9 at home
Chelsea have scored 11 and conceded 6 goals in their away matches
Newcastle average 2.14 goals per match at home this season
Chelsea average 1.57 goals per match away from home this season
Newcastle have scored the bulk of their goals in the 31-45 minute bracket
Chelsea have scored the majority of their goals in the 76-90 minute bracket
Newcastle have opened the scoring in 35% of their matches
Chelsea have scored first in 57% of their matches
Newcastle 2010/11 top scorer: Carroll, 8
Chelsea 2010/11 top scorer: Malouda, 7
Newcastle 2010/11 Season Form: P14 W5 D3 L6 GF22 GA21 Pts 18 (12th)
Chelsea 2010/11 Season Form: P14 W9 D1 L4 GF28 GA9 Pts 28 (3rd)