EPL Match Preview: Newcastle United vs Chelsea

Newcastle have started the season with two straight defeats. Their performances have been good in patches but Rafa Benitez will be desperate to get some points on the board as quickly as possible.

Maurizio Sarri has won his first two Premier League games as Chelsea manager, defeating Huddersfield and Arsenal. Now he faces off against the man he replaced at Napoli in 2015, Rafa Benitez. Sarri is unbeaten in two previous meetings with Benitez, downing Napoli 4-2 with minnows Empoli in one of the matches.

Chelsea are winless in their last five matches away to Newcastle, so can expect a tough afternoon on Sunday. They have lost four of those but are in a much better place compared to their opponents heading into the weekend and will hope to change that record here.

Team News

Newcastle United- Isaac Hayden is suspended for Newcastle after his red card against Cardiff last time out. Various Betting options on NaijaBet

Newcastle potentially have a crisis at right-back after Javier Manquillo succumbed to injury last weekend

DeAndre Yedlin avoided a serious knee injury on the opening weekend but wasn’t fit enough to feature against Cardiff. Rafa Benitez will hope to have him available here.

Salomon Rondon has been forced to wait for his first Newcastle start due to Joselu’s good start to the season.

Kenedy is ineligible to face his parent club this weekend, but was poor last weekend, missing a crucial spot-kick, and should have been sent off prior to that.

Chelsea- Cesc Fabregas missed a reunion with former club Arsenal last weekend and remains a doubt with a knee injury.

Mateo Kovacic made his Chelsea bow from the bench last weekend and completed 100% of his passes during a 30-minute performance. He could make his full debut here.

Eden Hazard has been eased back into life at Chelsea with two substitute appearances and the Belgian has impressed in both outings, registering two assists in 43 minutes of playing time. He will hope to make his first league start here.

Match Facts

There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 8 of Chelsea’s last 10 away games (Premier League).

Newcastle have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 5 matches against Chelsea in all competitions.

Newcastle have scored at least 2 goals in their last 5 home matches against Chelsea in all competitions.

Newcastle are undefeated in their last 5 home matches against Chelsea in all competitions.

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As at the time this post Newcastle has 5.49 odd to win the match on NaijaBet while Chelsea has 1.65 odd to win the match, the odd to draw the match is 4.07.

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